Have you heard that keeping a daily routine is beneficial for your mental health? Really, it’s true! If you create a daily routine and prioritize your time, you will find yourself growing closer to the life you want to live.
As a mom of two ‘tweens,’ I wouldn’t be able to accomplish half of the tasks on my to-do list without following my daily routine.
Why You Need To Establish A Daily Routine
Provides structure and discipline in your daily life. Having a daily routine will help you to be proactive rather than reactive. There are a lot of things we do daily without putting any thought into it: for example, brushing your teeth and getting dressed. You do these things out of habit and not doing them feels weird.
Reduces the amount of stress you are under. How many times have you woke up and thought yourself, “What am I going to do today?” Then as the day progresses, you realize you forgot to do something that was very important. Having a routine and planning ahead not only increases your productivity but also takes the “guess work” out of your day.
Helps to focus on our goals and increases our productivity. Having a routine in place and scheduling time daily to focus on your goal will actively build momentum and help you to achieve your goal sooner.
Encourages good habits while breaking bad ones. There are a lot of good practices to incorporate into your day. Staying positive, meditation, and gratitude will help you end your day feeling like a winner!
Prioritizes your tasks and reduces procrastination. Procrastination and fear of failure are the top two reasons why people do not achieve their goals. By planning ahead and keeping a daily routine, you will focus on what’s essential with the highest impact while actively eliminating the chance for procrastination.
Using a schedule or a bullet journal to plan your daily routine is an excellent place to start. There is more to do in a day than I could keep up with without writing it down. For work, I use the calendar in Microsoft Outlook. By blocking times to do specific tasks, I can get more done without having to worry about missing something or putting something off until later.Law of Attraction Daily Planner – Deluxe Day Calendar and Gratitude Journal to Increase Productivity, Happiness & Time Management – Non Dated, A5 Rose Gold Hardcover + Bonus Stickers
For personal tasks, such as housework, gardening, blogging, and daily activities, I use my bullet journal. I start my day at 4 am and start ticking at the tasks that I need to complete before the rest of my family wakes up.
6 things you should include in your daily routine.
1. Bible study and prayer bring you closer to God and help you keep what is most important first and foremost.
2. Exercise trains the body and keeps you healthy. Vary your routine and mix stretches with muscle building. You could go for a run, do an exercise video, or go to the gym.
3. Schedule downtime where you can watch tv or read or book. Have you heard the phrase, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The world is an interesting place. Don’t separate yourself from it completely.
4. Journal daily. Journaling helps to reflect on all that you have experienced throughout the day. Write down your thoughts and empty your mind before bed so you will have a better night’s sleep.Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
5. Time for preparation. The best way to keep your routine is to prepare ahead of time. Take away your excuses before they become excuses. Set the alarm clock so that you have to get up to turn it off. Pick out your clothes ahead of time. Have the exercise video and the tv remote ready with quick access. Set the coffee pot on automatic.
6. Meditation is good for the mind and the body. It can relieve your stress and allow you to start your day with a quiet mind.
PLAN WITH PURPOSE AND YOU WILL PLAN TO SUCCEED.
Here is an example of a daily routine:
4 AM – 4:10 AM Wake up, brush teeth & hair, grab morning gear (bible, bullet journal and laptop) and head downstairs
4:10 AM – 4:45 AM Coffee and Bible Study, write morning reflection in bible journal
4:45 AM – 5:15 AM Exercise
5:15 AM – 6:00 AM Work on blog
6:00 AM – 6:15 AM Wake up kids, get dressed for work
6:15 AM – 6:30 AM Breakfast with kids
6:30 AM – 6:40 AM Make school lunches, wash dishes
6:40 AM Say goodbye to kids as they get on the bus
6:40 AM – 6:50 AM Finish getting ready for work, warm up the car
6:50 AM – 7:00 AM Grab gear for work (lab coat, purse, keys, glasses, etc.), fix a cup of tea, go to work
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Commute to work
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Work
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Commute to home
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner with kids, wash dishes, straighten up the living room, Swiffer vacuum kitchen floor
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Showers and pick out clothes for the following day
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Kids finish homework while I work on my blog, check email, facebook, twitter, etc.
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Laptops off (including kids) and have thirty minutes of “mom” time before bed
9:00 PM Put kids to bed
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM preparations for the next morning, review bullet journal list and fill out trackers
9:30 PM Turn on Ancient Aliens or Destination Unknown, set the timer on the TV, and fall asleep
This is my typical weekday. Planning ahead and taking the “guess work” out of my day makes me more productive and it will you too. How much effort you put into your preparation will help to determine the outcome. A few weeks ago I was listening to a motivational speaker, and he said something to the effect of the following:
The difference between a successful person and unsuccessful person is the amount of preparation and effort they put into reaching their goals. They didn’t become successful on a whim. It took countless hours, hard work, and dedication.
Life isn’t going to give what you want merely because you want it. If you plan to be successful and strive incessantly to reach your goals, one day you will achieve them. One day you will be successful. When that day comes, you will look back on all the hard work and amount of time you put into getting to where you are.
In ten years from now, you won’t be the same as you are today. Make a plan, set goals, create a routine and keep your focus where it should be.
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