Evidently our bodies respond very positively to routines. This is the message and huge mission of the Flylady's website, which includes a whole program of building up cheerful living and doing away with harmful, mindless negativity.
In my opinion, her approach works well (once i finally beat down my relentless inner cynic). Flylady teaches the importance of living in the moment but simultaneously preparing for future necessities. Getting ready for bed involves doing things that make the next day better, for instance. That's a big change from how I used to stay up late reading or watching tv or chatting online, then barely getting teeth brushed before falling unconscious into bed - feeling groggy and grumpy the next morning as I struggled to get the day started.
Instead, there's a plan to begin heading for bed at a certain time. Putting away craft materials, getting clothes picked out for the next day, checking the calendar, caring for nails, moisture cream for face and hands, maybe fixing packed lunch to take in the morning, etc. Waiting until the hour when I should actually be asleep to begin getting ready for bed, robs me of sleep time.
That's just the beginning and there's plenty for "flybabies" to learn. But as her motto indicates, anyone can do anything for 15 minutes - step by step, things get done, and as a routine for everything develops, life begins to flow much more smoothly.
The Flylady website is free of charge! Feeling happy to get up in the morning is priceless. Thanks, Flylady!