Why are daily routines important?
Daily routines have more benefits than many people may realize.
In fact, keeping a system of daily routines is one of the most common practices among highly successful people. Want to know why?…
Daily routines provide structure. Successful people are highly productive because they don’t sweat the small stuff. They don’t allow minor details or distractions to interfere with their regularly scheduled programming.
Their strict schedules are dictated by the daily routines they’ve set in place and their availability isn’t determined by distractions or events that randomly spring up.
Highly productive people also don’t waste time wondering what they’re going to do next.
Each slot of their day is allocated for specific tasks. House chores, cooking, working on their business, and family time have all been planned beforehand.
The predictability of their daily schedule puts them at ease. Furthermore, decreasing their likelihood of experiencing anxiety and high stress levels.
There’s no more worrying if Wednesday or Friday will be laundry day, what to cook for dinner, what to wear for work, or whose turn it will be to wash dishes with a routine in place.
Hyperfocus and creativity
We all have routines embedded into our day. They may not be as impactful or productive as we’d like them to be but for what it’s worth, they’re there.
Getting up and going to work, dropping the kids off at school, having dinner set on the table by seven and being in bed by nine – these are all daily routines.
We can, however, utilize them more effectively.
Recently, I went into depth about the morning routine that changed my life and detailed the many benefits of having one in my previous post. But we should also have afternoon and evening routines, too.
The latter half of our day should not be filled with uncertainty. Calendar blocking is a technique I often use to make room for important tasks to be completed, which allows me to zero in on larger projects.
When I return home from work I’m no longer concerned with day-to-day chores, but items that will either push the needle in my side business or help me nurture the meaningful relationships in my life.
Repeating routines until they are conducted out of habit frees up mental space for us to make critical decisions and enhances our ability to hone specialized skills while engaging in more stimulating, creative activities.
So, are you ready to rid yourself of stress when it comes to choosing between important and unworthy tasks?
Limited options on how to go about our day can be a good thing. Routines only become mundane when you aren’t using the time outside of them efficiently.
When I began limiting myself to working on three major tasks per day, my overwhelm decreased drastically. I no longer multi-task but single-task instead. Learn more about why I decided to make the switch here!
Selecting specific themes for each weekday is a new strategy I’ve been using as of late and I love it.
With multiple projects and platforms to manage, it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed as a side hustle pro.
Monday through Friday I know whether I’m going to focus on my Youtube channel, create content for social media, design graphics, or write.
I wake up every morning knowing what to expect, which enables me to be more productive in shorter amounts of time as a result.
Building out a system of routines provides a framework to prioritize and balance what matters most in your life, not just your to-do list!
Paying bills and taking your children to extracurricular activities are important but don’t forget to dedicate time to your goals and dreams too.
Mornings should be used to set the tone for your day, but it shouldn’t be the only time you lend to yourself. Get in the habit of planning ahead for a simple, healthy well balanced life.
Interested in creating a new system of daily routines? Download a copy of the daily routine printable to help you get started today!