Establishing A Routine

If you have a project that you need to get done, you should establish a routine that allows you to work on it. I have a routine that I practice every morning that allows me to write in my journal. I try to write nine hundred words in my journal every day. I have a day job, so I came up with a routine that would let me do thirty minutes of yoga, write for another thirty minutes, shower, dress, eat breakfast, eat breakfast, brush my teeth and hair before I have to leave for the office. That is my morning routine. I had something to do, but didn’t have a lot of time to do it. So I created that routine so that I could get it all done in the time that I had.

Establishing that routine took determination, persistence, and planning. You start with an activity that you want to do. You figure out how much time you have to do it. Then you need to keep at it. You plan how you can accomplish your activity. You determine what you have to do or can cut from your activity. Be persistent in working on your chosen activity. That persistence will create the habit or routine that will take you to success.

It seems simple, but establishing a routine cane be difficult. Plan it right and your routine will fall into place. A routine is just a series of habits. Habits are easy to create so that is what you need to do with your writing, or other activity. Just make it a habit. If you can do it every day at the same time of the day, it becomes part of your routine for that particular time of day. For me, writing comes more easily in the early mornings, although I can do it at any time. However, early morning just seems to work for me. I am a morning person. You may not be. Find the time that works for you and develop your plan. Then develop your routine and stick with it.

Once your activity of choice becomes part of your routine, you will be able to complete it. That’s all you have to do. It’s so easy that it is hard. Developing a good habit should be as easy as developing a bad one, but we never seem to find it so. At least, I don’t. I have to work at it. Sometimes I have to work harder than others, but if it is worth it to me, it will be worth the time and effort I spend developing the routine. So develop your plan, implement your plan, and keep to your plan. It will become routine.


I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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