I recently had the chance to spend a few days in and around Nice and Beaulieu. A beautiful few days and the weather was great. After the whole lockdown scenario, I was happy to get out of the house, albeit only an hour away. But I was massively focused on changing my environment, not my habits. 

My Morning Routine 

I bang on about my morning routine a lot because it’s become a focal point for each and every day. It’s what gets the day started and more importantly, it’s what has helped me to really change and improve this year. 

I was worried that being out of my usual environment could have a negative impact. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. 

So during my 5 days away, I was acutely aware of this. It turns out, I managed to complete my morning routine 3 out of 5 days, and the other 2 days, I missed small parts like finding the time to read. 

New Friends, New Opportunities

During the week away, I had the chance to catch up with old friends, family, my godson and also new friends. 

It gave me the chance to socialise again, pretty much for the first time since March. 

It was incredible. I loved every moment of it. And although I missed some parts of my morning routine, I was still closing my Apple Watch exercise and move rings, journaling (I use DayOne and having it on my phone really helps) and continued to blog as part of this 30-day blogging challenge

The exercise was an interesting one. Staying in the centre of Nice and the fact that its summertime, didn’t seem to stop me from getting a run in. 

Changing My Environment, Not My Habits

As it’s the first time being away from what has become my usual environment these last 5 months, I was impressed that I had managed to not fold completely and simply go with the flow. 

These tasks I do every day have become very important to the way I feel. 

I started thinking about the 1% per day principle again, and I could imagine it going the other way too. 

If you dropped one thing, and then slowly allowed the 1% rule to remove other things over time, eventually you would make it all the way back to where you started. 

It’s become almost like a phobia, but it’s easily combatted by simply doing the things I know I want to do each day. 

Be Aware Of What You Want At All Times 

I know what I’m trying to achieve. I can envision where I want to be in a few years. My mission is clear in my mind. 

So all the actions I’m taking are helping me towards that goal. 

I won’t let any new environment, circumstances or otherwise, negatively impact that. 

Have you ever formed a great habit simply to lose it all of a sudden when you changed environments? Let me know in the comments, I would love to understand more about peoples experience with this. 


Chris Bruno
Chris Bruno

I’m Chris Bruno, Founder and CEO of Social INK, a community-driven, social-first, digital marketing agency. I'm also the host of the All About Digital Marketing podcast. I'm passionate about marketing, travel, food and continual development.

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