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Published on January 04, 2020

Are Your Routines Holding You Back

Josh Hines
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Josh Hines

Are Your Routines Holding You Back

Is Your Routine Keeping You Stuck

Written on January 04, 2020 • 3 Minute Read • Comments

Aristotle once said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." With that mind we all live and breathe habits, patterns and routines and the real question is, "Is what you are doing, making you excellent or is it actually holding you back?"

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How To Discover Your Daily Routine

I used to think I lived this exciting life filled with change, spontaneous action and randomness.

But then when I took a step back and really evaluated my life, I started to notice that my life really followed a routine and pattern.

As wild and random you think your life is, you probably live in a very similar fashion.

See we are all creatures of habit, we repeat the same things over and over because to us they are safe and comfortable, even if what we are doing actually is hurting us or keeping us from achieving our goals.

Finding Your Routines

I think the best way to find your routines is by carrying around a notebook and really documenting what your days are like throughout a week.

Then after you've done this for about a month, you can look back at your journals and evaluate and see what routines or patterns your life follows.

If you want to take this a step further, create a separate Google Calendar and track your time using events, you can even color code them so you can see visually where you are spending your time.

What Your Routines Show You

What you'll probably notice is that you spend a lot more time on certain activities than you originally thought.

I think what is the most revealing, is most people always say they don't have enough time but then when you look at your routine and patterns, you'll quickly see you have plenty of time, you just have poor priorities.

Instead of going to the gym, working on your goals or learning, you find yourself spending a lot of time on social media or binging entire seasons on your favorite streaming medium.

How To Change Your Routine

The only way to change your routine is by being intentional.

In order to do something new in your life, you need to purposely block out time and not be afraid to say no to people when they ask you to do other things.

I find it easier to create a new routine by doing it at the same time every day.

For me, the days I work out I come home from work and immediately get ready to go to the gym, I don't allow things to come and distract me in between.

Then once I get home, I do a power hour of work and then have dinner and then at the end of the day I'll relax and watch something on Netflix.

What most people do, is instead of using delayed gratification, they instead come home from work and say to themselves, "I've had one heck of a day and I'm not going to do anything the rest of the night."

The problem with that mentality, is a few years are going to pass and if that's all you're doing, you're never going to see your life improve and become better, you're probably going to end up being right where you've always been.

Making Slight Changes

The important thing to remember when changing your routine is starting out small and building on your momentum.

For instance, when you first start going to the gym, it's not about jumping on a tread mill or bike and go 10 miles.

When you first start out changing your routine, make small adjustments, instead, just go to the gym and do a mile.

If that feels easy, the next time go two miles.

Remember your life is a journey, not a sprint. Real change is created over time not overnight.

Josh Hines

About The Author: Josh Hines

Josh Hines started Second Chance Athletics in 2019. Josh approaches health from a holistic view and contributes his transformation to managing three areas of his life; physical, nutritional and emotional. By focusing on these three areas of your life, you are able to reclaim your life and reach your fitness goals.

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About Josh Hines

Josh Hines started Second Chance Athletics in 2019. Josh approaches health from a holistic view and contributes his transformation to managing three areas of his life; physical, nutritional and emotional. By focusing on these three areas of your life, you are able to reclaim your life and reach your fitness goals.

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We cannot move casually into a better future. We cannot casually pursue the goal we have set for ourselves. A goal that is casually pursued is not a goal; at best it is a wish, and wishes are little more than self-delusion.

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