Eric Speir

Thrive In Your Faith and Family

Routines to Change Your Life

I must make a confession. I like routines. I mean, I really like routines! Yes, I’m the one that puts his clothes on the same way every morning and brushes his teeth the same way. Since starting the new year I’ve taken the time to examine some of my routines and I’ve asked myself a question. What routines could I change to better improve my life?

What's your morning routine?

I have come up with some ideas and I will share a couple of them with you. While my morning routine is still the same I’ve changed my mental routine.

I’ve always gotten up in the morning and read my Bible and prayed. It’s a good habit and good routine to get into it. This routine is normally done before I leave for work. While I obviously kept this routine, I added another step to it. While it hasn’t always been this way, I am blessed to only have about 15 minute commute to work. On my short commute to work I now recite (meditate) on a scripture verse.

The scripture verse as of lately has changed my perspective. It can be found in Psalm 118:24:

“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

I do not make it a habit to read out of the New King James Version but this is the one that I chose to memorize. The reason is because in this verse the writer understands that joy is a choice and not an accident. The writer proclaims that “we will rejoice,” indicating that it is a choice.

I’ve also decided that I want to be a more thankful person and to have more gratitude in my life. Every morning I now come up with my “Top 5 For My Drive.” I simply tell God five things that I am thankful for and I can’t repeat things. It forces me to meditate on what I am thankful for. I can honestly say that this has changed my mindset before I go to work.

Both of these new mental routines have changed my perspective. I do this because I don’t want to leave my joy in life to chance based on my circumstances or what happens to me at work. The result is that I am a happier person at work and at home. Situations and conflicts get to me a lot less than they once did. I still have some rough days but overall I have seen a definite change in my perspective.

What routines could you change or add in your life that could improve your life? Please leave a comment or share a routine that you have!

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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10 Replies

  1. I like these routines. I’ve been rethinking my morning routines lately as well. I’ve found it’s so powerful to start your day off right – plus, you can knock out the really important things before the day gets rolling.

    1. Eric

      I have come to the same conclusion that you have and that’s why I decided to make some changes. It’s been difficult but well worth it!

  2. I have less than a 5 minute commute to work so trying to do much in that short period of time doesn’t work for me. Plus, I cannot multi-task so memorizing anything is out. I usually have a CD playing and it helps me get my day started.

    Okay, so what kind of bike do you ride?

    1. Eric

      In my commute I recite my verse and “Top 5” when I first get in the car. If I don’t do it when I first get in the car then I quickly get distracted and forget about it. The whole process might take two minutes. I ride a Specialize Sequoia road bike (I’m hope to upgrade soon).

  3. Eric,
    Looks like you’ve got some great material on this blog! I, too, love routine. Although I’m imperfect at my routines, I love when I can start the day with quiet prayer…and coffee! For 2012 I’m simply trying to focus on three things: staying present in the moment, living more slowly, and focusing on one thing at a time. I get more accomplished when I do these things…and I’m more peaceful.

    1. Eric

      I like your idea of focusing on three things. I reduced some of my goals this year to just a few categories so that I can work on the ones that really matter and really affect my life.

  4. I’m also a routine lover! My present one is built around having enough time to enjoy French press coffee every day. I’ve never failed the press, by the way. In all seriousness, I need to introduce reading the Bible in the morning. Thanks for the push to do that.

    1. Eric

      I love French press coffee! I have one in my office for those occasions when I have time. I would highly encourage the Bible time in the morning. It’s changed my life completely.

  5. You have some great routines. I’ve working on getting up earlier so I can spend more time reading my bible and praying. This is hard because I’m not a morning person.

    A routine I do have is while commuting to work(35 min. commute) I have worship music playing and take time to pray and praise God.

    1. Eric

      That sounds like a good place to start. I can’t say I’m a morning person either but the time that I spend with the Lord makes the difference in my day and life.

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