Habits are powerful, but they are not easy to form, particularly good habits. Creating a routine for your daily tasks and activities that you are able to stick to will help you form good habits and break bad ones for a more productive and happier life.
Creating an organized daily routine is a little art and a little science. The science is figuring out what you need to do, while the art is figuring out when to do it.
Below, we’ll show you everything you should put into an exemplary routine to increase the chances that it will work and be successful.
Make a list for your daily routine
First, write down everything you need to do on a daily basis, both in your home and work life. Don’t worry about how you organize this list; This is a brain dump, not a to-do list.
Take 30 minutes with a notebook or notebook on your computer to write down everything you do every day, as well as everything you have to do.
If you want it to be very difficult to remember all the tasks in a session, carry a notebook and take notes throughout the day. In the beginning, no task is too small – if you want to put “brushing your teeth” in your routine, put it on the list.
Making a routine that works
There is no one routine that works for everyone, but there are strategies that everyone can adopt to increase their chances of success. (Image: The Independent)
Structure your days into the weekly routine
Morning people get things done most effectively before lunchtime , while night owls tend to get their creative burst of energy at night. Think about when you work best and group your tasks at the time of day that makes the most sense when you will improve them.
Mornings often have to leave the house one of the biggest challenges. Bundle up all your early tasks here, like feeding and pets, washing the first load of dishes for the day, and packing up for lunch.
Once the morning rush is over, set aside mornings for tasks that require more critical thinking and problem solving. It’s important to get the task you need to do first thing in the day, to make everything work better.
This is a tricky time of day, because your energy levels — and maybe the caffeine from breakfast — are likely to dissipate. However, it does mean that you can be prepared to do the boring, routine things that don’t require a lot of brain energy.
Use this time for tasks like answering emails, setting appointments, and running errands. If you’re home-based during the day, use this time for routine cleaning, like emptying the dishwasher and loading it back in, or washing the toilets.
Evenings work best when they are set aside for planning and preparing for the next day. Layout your clothes, packing lunches and declaiming rooms where items tend to pile up, like the kitchen. If you follow the weekly decluttering routine, you will be putting in time a day for 15 to 20 minutes.
Have right schedules for your day’s tasks (optional)
Within these loose contours of each part of your day, you can get as specific as you want. For example, you might want to write a routine for your morning that looks something like this:
- 6:00 Wake up, brush teeth and shower
- 6:30 Breakfast
- 7:00 Leaving home
- 7:15 Drop the kids off at school
- 7:30 Get to the office
This is a very detailed schedule, but some people may feel more comfortable with it – at least until they get the hang of the routine.
Leave some room for flexibility in the routine
Life gets in the way of the most detailed of routines . The point is to leverage your most productive times to use for your most challenging tasks and your least productive times to do the most mundane tasks.
There may be times when you have to go to a doctor’s appointment during the hours you usually set aside for work, or your evening is taken up with a social gathering – a daily routine will keep things flowing smoothly despite the hiccups.
Test your new routine to make adjustments
Take your new routine for a 30-day test drive. How it is? Have you scheduled your tasks into activities at times that make sense? Do you need to adjust things? Change anything that isn’t working on a case-by-case basis, then evaluate after 30 days to see how your new routine is working for you.
Creating a daily routine seems daunting at first, but you will soon reap the rewards when your productivity soars, morning rushes are reduced, and you find that you actually have free time slots throughout the day or week.
Even better? Nothing is set in stone, so if your daily routine doesn’t work perfectly at first, just make some adjustments until you find the ideal schedule.
How do you make an ideal routine? What strategies work for you? Share in the comments below!