Jumping into the New Year with a New Routine

January 1st is the start of a new year. It is also the start of overzealous resolutioners making promises to themselves that they know damn well they’re gonna drop come March. But it’s okay. Trying and failing is a wonderful part of life that I strongly recommend. At least you’re doing something with your time and being productive, but there comes a point when we get tired of the failure. So how do we make it stop? How do we make those resolutions reality?

Most of the time, failed New Year resolutions are super achievable goals. They just lack plan and direction. Losing weight is the most notorious resolution out there. When January 1st strikes, the number of folks at the gym is booming and you’re waiting in line for your favorite treadmill. But give it a few weeks, and the number of people start to dwindle.

It is a very easy thing to say that you’re going to go to the gym everyday. Actually putting it in to practice is more challenging. If one wants to improve the quality of their life through fitness, they have to set a game plan and take all factors into consideration. Are they going to go to the gym in the morning or at night? How long will they be at the gym? What will they do once they get at the gym? Will they have a day of rest? When that person devotes time to creating a specific plan for themselves, they’re more committed to achieving that goal. The human brain likes routine.

I decided not to set a specific New Year’s Resolution this year. I do want to be more active and more proactive, but generally I want to improve the quality of my life (a goal that I have 365 days out of the year), and I think that I could benefit from creating a plan for myself.

Since I’ve moved to Maryland, I have had a difficult time creating a routine. When your’e in a new place it’s hard to create a new rhythm. And although, I’m the happiest I ever been, I feel as though I’m the most unproductive I’ve ever been. I was spinning down the dark hole of youtube and came across the Buzzfeed video We Tried CEO Morning & Night Routines. Three guys tried a culmination of tips and practices of prominent CEO figures. And although the premise of the video suggested that acting like a CEO will make you a CEO, the practices suggested in this video would benefit anyone trying to get the most out of their day in the areas of productivity, emotion, and physical health.

Since I am focused on improving the quality of my life and getting into a routine, I thought what better routine than that of a CEO. With a few alterations, I’m going to take on the CEO Routine, improve my every day life, and document the journey on my blog. Here are the tips and practices I’m going to implement. Please feel free to join me and click on the link above to watch the full video!


  • Wind down by doing chores.
  • Dim the lights and turn down all overhead lighting to get you in the mood of going to bed
  • Taking a relaxing bath
  • Wear clothes designated for sleep only (so no accidentally falling asleep in the clothes you wore all day
  • Write down 3 goals you want to accomplish the next day
  • Plan your outfit for the next day
  • Plan your meals for the next day
  • Read something non stressful (nothing about current politics and society)

Moring Time:

  • Wake up at 4:00 or 4:30
  • Work out for an hour
  • Plan your day
  • Check your email
  • Enjoy a good breakfast without distractions (no phone, no TV, no reading)
  • Give yourself a positivity boost by reading a list of things you’re thankful for or make a box of accomplishments and kind words about you and whip it out when you’re feeling low

I’m going to keep up with this routine for at least the next month, and if it’s not working I’ll adjust. But I’ll continue to share the journey with you here and keep y’all posted weekly. I’d love to read your comments below, and see if you’re doing anything similar or want to do some of the tips I’ve listed above!

Happy Resolving!

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