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A Posted Routine is a Followed Routine

September 12th, 2012

In my latest newsletter, (subscribe here for free monthly exclusives), I talk about developing a routine that not only creates a morning of calm and connection but also helps to get out of the house with less stress. One of my favourite tips for that successful morning is creating and posting a morning routine checklist. (This same idea can also be applied to your evenings.)

All types of industries use checklists, like surgeons and pilots. Don’t feel like having a list to manually check off will feel like life has become homework. Think of it like a well thought-out and personalized routine in place will allow you to not have to worry about the little things. Your mind will be on auto-pilot and you won’t have those nagging thoughts of “what have I forgotten?” as you pull out of the driveway.

After some trial and error I have successfully figured out the best ways to post a morning routine checklist. The most important thing to figure out first is finding a location that works for you. Ideally, I would love it if you could stick the list on your arms, but that isn’t very practical, is it? I’ve been extremely successful with putting my morning checklist on the fridge as it is the centre of my morning activities. You’ll probably find that is true for most households.

You can start by simply printing off your list and taping it to a surface. You can frame the routine, laminate it, or use a simple sticky note. Whatever the look, having it somewhere that is noticeable and easy to access is very important.

All good things don’t need to come to an end, they just need to be re-examined. You’ll know when you’re not taking advantage of your list when your start forgetting things or mornings get stressful again. This is a good time to review your list and perhaps change the format or location.

What items would be on your successful morning routine checklist? I’d love it if you try this idea out and let me know how it changes your mornings!

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