Routines are great and you probably already know how much I love them. They take the figuring out and decision making out of the equation. The routine lets you know what you should be doing – easy, peasy!
And, while I love routines, I also know we’re humans, not robots, and need to flow with what life brings. We need to make adjustments depending on what’s going on with us. If you’re under the weather, you’ll need extra self-care and rest. If your monkey mind is exceptionally hyper, a little extra meditation may be in order.
Routines can also get, well, routine. Boring. Snore. As intelligent beings, we need variety to keep things interesting and engaging. As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life!
So, today I’m sharing my Three of Five strategy, as it applies to my morning routine. However, this can also work for any of your routines such as workouts, evening routine, and anything else you do consistently.
The Three of Five Strategy
Every morning, I start my day with some mindset work. I have five things that really help me prime myself for the day. These five things are:
- Vision Video
- Gratitude Practice
- Writing Affirmations
“Woah, that’s a lot of stuff!” you might be saying – because it is. The secret is, I don’t do them all every morning. After all, who’s got that kind of time?
I choose only three. Every morning I go through at least three exercises I know will serve me best that day.
Sometimes it’s dictated by time – the meditation and journaling take about 15 minutes each, while the other exercises take only a few minutes.
Other times, I go with what my mind needs most. If I’m feeling like a shot of inspiration, I watch my vision video. If I’m feeling cranky, I practice gratitude. If I’m feeling stressed or doubtful, I write my affirmations.
The Three of Five strategy gives me just enough flexibility to mix things up and skip any exercise that I’m just not feeling up to that day. Having options helps keep it fun and avoid the traps of stale routines.
So, if you’re bored or not seeing the benefits you once got from your morning routine, or any routine, give the Three of Five strategy a go.
Yours might be the Three of Seven or Four of Nine, but you get the idea. Simply write out the pool of exercises to choose from and commit to a certain number each day.