Habits are what our mind defaults to when we're not actively thinking about what we're doing. You don't tell your body to breathe, or digest your food. Your body just does it. Similarly, you don't think about getting up at 7 am, meditating, brushing your teeth, running, eating, and going to work if you do it every single day. You just do it.
To save mental resources, your brain relies on habits. Your brain is always trying to run efficiently, and actively thinking about doing certain things is mentally taxing. It's why you feel so tired after a day of learning or doing new things. You've used up so much mental capacity doing it. It's why days feel much longer when you're not running your normal routines, and time seems to fly by when you're stuck in them.
So how can we make sure our habits, our brain's default settings, are good for us?
The short answer is to unlearn them. The slightly less-short answer is to unlearn them and replace them with better habits.
Your brain is plastic, not elastic. Elastics return to their normal state after being reformed. Plastics keep their new shape when they're reformed. You got into your current habits by repeatedly doing the same things over and over again. It's how you built your morning routine, and how you build all your routines: repetition. It's how you're going to replace them with better habits and routines. However, the hardest part is doing new things repeatedly.
You're always saving mental resources by running through your habits and routines. When you start to change them, you have to use extra resources which leave you feeling tired by the end. This is why learning new habits is always hardest at the start, because you're really thinking about everything you're doing. And you can never not have habits either. Once you've got one, you'll always have it, so all you can do is replace it with something else.
The key is to start slow. Unlearn and relearn one new habit at a time. When you start to live The Process, you'll see so many areas that you want to improve on and you can't tackle them all at once. Well, you could, but you'd tire yourself out too fast and get nowhere. Start with one thing and do it for one month. Focus your time on changing one habit, and after one month, try picking up another. But don't pick up a third habit until you've gone two months with those two habits. Why? Because if you pick up one new habit per month, eventually you'll get overloaded. One habit for one month, two habits for two months, three habits for three months. Then re-evaluate and keep going.
It can take up to three months to form one entirely new habit, so that's why I recommend starting really slow. You've got to get over the hump of the first few habits before you can move on to the next ones.
If you wanted to start running every day, then do it. Pick a day to start, think about it. Tell yourself you're going to start running every day. And then do it. Run on that day you decided. Start with a short distance. One kilometer may be just enough. The next day, run the same. Keep going until you feel like you can do more, and then do a little more. Work your way up, and keep at it every day. Set reminders on your phone if you need, but whatever you do, do not let yourself stop. There will be days where it will be hard to keep up with the new habit, but stopping for one day sets your progress back five days. If it takes three months to build a new habit, stopping for one day now makes it three months and five days. You've got to do it every day. That's the hardest part. But it gets easier every day.
It's hard, and nothing worth having comes easily, but after a year of work and building good habits, you'll look back on your progress and feel incredibly proud. You need to keep reminding yourself that this progress will never happen overnight. There are no easy answers to this. Nobody just wakes up one morning and has a lifelong habit of running or meditating. It takes constant conscious effort to incorporate it into your lifestyle.
Keep working, learning, and building good habits, and you'll always be successful.