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Getting back into a routine

The holidays and parties are well over, and it’s time to get back into a routine. It can be a bit overwhelming looking at the calendar and seeing everything you put off until after Christmas.

Alarm clock But there are a few things to make getting back into a routine easier.

Start slow

Try easing your way into a routine. If you need to start waking up earlier, try going to bed a little bit earlier each night. Each day, slowly work things back into your day that you hope to start doing in the future. This will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed or burnt out after a couple weeks.

Take care of important tasks first

Having a large to do list can be stressful, especially if some of them have deadlines attached to them. Taking care of the things that are most important first, instead of procrastinating until the last minute, will help to lift some of the stress off your shoulders.

Make a list

Make a list of the things you need to finish, or habits you would like to work on. Break them into the small steps, and rank them in order of priority. By breaking the “to dos” or habits into small steps, it is easier to see your progress as you mark them off.

Take breaks           

It can be tiring when you first start working on getting back into your routine. After you finish certain tasks or goals, take a break and do something fun that you enjoy. Getting back into a routine doesn’t have to be tedious. Even if you haven’t finished everything you wanted to finish yet, take a break!

Remember, this is the time of year that everyone is getting back into their routine, so don’t stress too much if it takes you a little while to get back into yours.  

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