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Setting habits and routines will keep you on track to making daily progress with your big dreams and goals. With your initial plan figured out, it’s time to put it into action and make it your new morning routine.

Why is this important?

Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail and turning into a habit is the best way to make sure that happens.

Make it Stick

Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower to create a change in your life. That’s energy that you will need to channel throughout your morning and busy rest of the day towards your new goal and your mindset of sticking with the plan. Yes, it will take some mental strength to create your new morning habits, but once they are set, the new routine will become automatic like brushing your teeth after each meal.

Once you write out a solid morning routine, stick to it for a few weeks. That’s the best way to turn it into a healthy habit. In a few days or weeks, it will become the new normal, and you no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. Some studies have indicated that a daily effort for 21 days without breaking the chain will result in a new habit.

That sometimes works for me, but not always. I do know that after even a few days in a row it takes a lot less effort and mental pep-talk to get things done… even if your new routine includes a 30-minute run, or getting up before sunrise to work on your most crucial goal for an hour.

Monitor Progress

Watch for moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen. The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible. For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day. Then one day you oversleep. Or the weather turns too bad, you get sick or hurt, or something else pops up that keeps you from going outdoors for exercise.

That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning.

Your most important job whenever life gets in the way of your new morning routine is to get back on track as quickly as possible. Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption. Plan ahead for situations that are most likely to disrupt your morning routine (and derail your quest for your dreams).

Have a Backup Plan

If the weather is terrible, be prepared to do a quick workout at home, or head to the gym to run on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of meditation or doing something to contribute to your goals before you get back to the rest of your day. Perhaps instead of using 30 minutes to study language skills, I can use an audio download while driving. Most importantly, get back on track with your regular morning routine as soon as possible. Restart your morning routine the next day if at all possible. Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until the morning process is firmly back in place.

You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.

Read the entire series in these blog posts:

The Impact of a Daily Morning Routine

Ideas for Creating a Perfect Morning Routine

Finding Time in a Busy Morning Using Lean Principles

Best Things First: A Morning Routine Makeover

Starting Over with an Inspiring Morning Routine

The Importance of Habits and Routines

Review and Improve Your Morning Routine

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