Introverts: how to get back on track!8 min read

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Life happens. You have a new job, moved to a new city, are getting married, had a child, lost someone important to you or simply have a new boss. All of these events (and many others) can wreak havoc on our daily routines. Routine may sound boring when you categorize it but it is actually a very powerful tool for us to reach our goals.

About 2 years ago, I started a new job, moved to a new city and didn’t have what I could call a “home” yet as I was looking for more permanent solutions. I will cut it short and just tell you what happened:

I stopped:

  • Reading and writing
  • Having “me” time
  • Blogging

Started to:

  • Spend way more money than what I would usually spend
  • Eat junk foods
  • Burning out

All of these happened because I didn’t have a contingency plan for when life happens. We may not be able to plan when our lives will change but we can still put on some plan Bs in case we aon in the verge of losing our powerful habits.

You may have noticed already, but getting back on track is way harder than just continuing working. So to avoid stopping here are 10 ideas to get the juice going, keep your habits and reach your goal in no time without dropping anything.

Make sure you have a trigger

Let’s say you want to floss your teeth. When is the best moment for you to make sure that you will do it ? After brushing your teeth of course. But that is not enough! 🙂 You should also make sure that your floss is in a place you can see it so that you don’t forget about it.

The same goes for going to the gym, preparing your bag in advance and placing in front of your door, will ensure you won’t forget about it

Forget about excuses

We all have excuses when we are starting a new routine or are simply under pressure. Common examples are: “I am tired”, “I think I am sick”, “I have too much work to do”, ” X said that there is no need to do Y”, “I need to go out more”.

I’m going, to be honest, I have had almost all of these excuses. It happens, sometimes, that it is valid (you are very sick, feel dizzy, really exhausted). However, usually, it’s just our mind playing with us so that we don’t reach our goal.

So next time you are hearing your inner voice saying “I am too tired to go workout, go home” try to push through it. As advised by XX, start by warming up. If you still don’t feel well, then listen to your body and go home.

Plan hard

Planning is key. You can either use a calendar on your phone, google calendar or a paper calendar if you prefer. As long as you use it daily and update it often. You can also download some apps to help you track your habits. I am not a huge fan of that and prefer to stick to paper but it’s all about personal preferences.

Then you have to prepare for the game

Prepare

O.K, so you decided to go to work earlier. That is great but then? The alarm has to be set at the right time (actually you should set 2 to 3 different alarms to make sure you really will wake up 😉 … I see you snoozing !!)

Have your outfit ready the night before, prepare your breakfast in advance (such as night oats which are great for busy mornings).

If it’s about healthy eating, try meal prepping on Sunday, for example, to make sure you have all of the meals ready when you get hungry.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help

Whether it is for a new workout habit, healthy lifestyle habit, waking up earlier or keeping your home clean, don’t hesitate to ask advice from people with more experience. For sport, it would be coaches, for work it could be experts or managers, for your home it could be a Youtube channel such as this one, etc.

We are lucky enough to have a good friend Google who is always there when we need to find key information. There are millions of tutorials, how-tos, and videos if you want to speed up your progress. Besides asking for help from people, don’t hesitate to purchase and use tools such as books, mobile apps, accessories, electronics devices (an Ipad, a new watch, protein powder, a slow cooker, and so on.)

Reward yourself

Last but not least, don’t forget to reward yourself sometimes! If you are on a fitness journey it can be a cheat day or a cheat meal. If it writing, reading or anything of that type it could be simply buying a new pen, a book you have always wanted to read but is a bit on the expensive range, and anything else that can both make you happy AND help you reach your goal.

I have found that the best way to reward ourselves is to make sure it doesn’t hinder our success in the variety of goals we have. For example when losing weight having a cheat meal can actually be a metabolism booster. If on the contrary, you are rewarding yourself with a cheat meal because you did well at flossing your teeth, it might not be the best idea.

Before I would always reward myself with something related to food. Now I see bigger: traveling, a cooking tool, new fitness gear, etc.

That’s it for me, so tell me more about yourself! Have you been struggling to go back to your old good habits? 

Mama Sow
Introvert blossom mentor. I am here to help you introverts to crush it at the office and shift your mindset around introversion.
26 years old and in love with learning more about human behavior, psychology and philosophy.

Mama Sow

Introvert blossom mentor. I am here to help you introverts to crush it at the office and shift your mindset around introversion.
26 years old and in love with learning more about human behavior, psychology and philosophy.

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