Falling out of routine is something we all experience at some point in our lives. It can be tough to get back on track, but definitely not impossible. The truth is, we all have the power to motivate ourselves and regain that momentum…even if this is our tenth or more time getting back to (or trying to even get to) our preferred routine. In this post, I’m going to share the 8 ways that I personally motivate myself after falling out of routine.
Stepping into my ego:
Ego may be a negative word these days, but the fact is that we all have one. Some, larger than others, but regardless, an ego is within each of us. While I do my best not to live in mine on a regular basis, I do pull from it now and again by reminding myself of my accomplishments and how far I’ve come. I am capable of so much more than day-to-day me would like to acknowledge. This is where I allow my ego to step in and get things moving. Call it “Being my own cheerleader”, if you will.
Drinking extra water:
Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining energy levels and focus. In fact, one of the things to noticeably drop when we are even the slightest dehydrated is energy. As we get busy, it’s very easy to forget water. The correct amount of water that we should all drink is approx. 1 ounce per 2 pounds of body weight. I certainly notice a difference the same day I increase my water intake to the appropriate amount.
Eating healthy foods:
A healthy diet is essential for maintaining energy levels and focus. Cutting out sugar and increasing nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean plant based proteins can do wonders for energy. Depending on how far I fall off the “healthy train”, I may simply start by making sure I throw in a full salad as a meal once per day. Salads are a great way to get at least five servings of fresh veggies in in a day. And then I continue to increase from there.
Watching inspiring videos:
Sometimes, all it takes to get motivated is a little bit of inspiration. Based on what I’m trying to kick back up, I’ll start my morning with those specific YouTube videos. If it’s nutrition that I have slipped away from, I’ll watch healthy recipe or food prep videos in the morning to get me in the healthy mood. When I’m falling behind on work, I’ll watch business or marketing tips (Que the blog!!). Either way, whatever I’m lacking, I know that if I find an easy way to bring it into my day, I’ll be more likely to bring it to actuality in my life.
Reminding myself why I need to get going again:
I take a moment to remind myself of the reasons why I started my routine in the first place. Whether it’s to improve my health, grow my business, or achieve a personal goal, remembering why is a powerful motivator.
Marking tasks in my schedule:
One of the best ways to not just stay motivated, but to actually accomplish things is to break my goals down into small, manageable tasks…and mark them down so I don’t forget. The minute my life starts to feel like it’s more than I can handle and I realize I’m falling behind on certain things, I will grab a daily calendar and start filling in my days with what needs to get done, how, and when. This allows me to gain control when life get’s to big. Noting also that if I need a break, I will schedule that in the calendar as well.
Starting over by doing things for 10 minutes and then increasing the length of time as I go:
Sometimes, starting small is the key to success. As stated earlier, I do this with nutrition, starting with a salad meal and increasing from there. I very often do this with exercise, as that is my hardest thing to jump back to. I set a goal of walking or doing yoga or Zumba for just 10 minutes and then gradually increase the length of time. This is a great way to ease myself back into my routine.
Finally, doing self-Reiki:
Reiki is a form of energy healing that helps me relax and refocus. As a practitioner, I have 24-hour access to this amazing energy technique, and trust me, I use it! This is by far my strongest tool in my toolkit of tips to re-motivate. It’s a great way to clear my mind and reduce stress, which can be a major barrier to focus and motivation. I take a few minutes each day and at least a full 20 minutes twice per week to practice self-Reiki. My body & mood are quick to remind me when I lag here. You can also receive the amazing benefits by viewing my Youtube videos like the one below, setting an appointment or even learning Reiki level 1 – Self Heal. Learning Reiki Level 1 is a simple 1-day course (virtual or in person), and it’s very easy to learn.
It is important to remember that falling out of routine is a normal part of life, and it’s never too late to get back on track. These 8 ways have helped me regain my motivation and momentum on many occasions. The key is to stay positive, be patient with yourself, and keep pushing forward. Remember, progress is not always a straight line, it’s ok to have setbacks, it’s how we learn and grow. And always remind yourself that you got this!