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The Daily Routine

When a person hears the term daily routine, they may not know exactly what is meant and will get the wrong idea. It is for this reason that being in a routine you will get the best benefits for your investment. The following post will tell you what a routine is and how you can benefit from one the most.

While this may sound a little complex, the best part of this is that if you are careful, you can quickly find yourself in a situation that you are a lot more productive. Getting into the routine will leave you a lot more refreshed and feeling that you actually are getting organized in your life.

Why a daily routine is important 

Having a routine in your life is important in the fact that you will have a lot of things that will come up in your life, these things can be minor issues or large roadblocks that have to be moved and put somewhere for you to finish accomplishing your goals.

Look at what you have to do and then realize that some days you need to be on target and focused with a routine, if this is able to be done, then the minor issues that come along will be nothing to live with.

When you have a routine, you have effectively trained your body and mind to do certain things at certain times daily. When this occurs, it feels weird or wrong not to do those things, and you actually want to do what you are used to doing every day.

The reason this is an organizational tool is because the routines you set up for yourself should help organize your life in the way that best suits you. If this has occurred, the routines help you in some way and once established they are easy to do.

For instance, let’s say your life is so disorganized you often leave the house without something crucial you need. So one of the daily routines you should be setting up should have to do with your morning routine. This could be as simple as getting up, showering, brushing your teeth, getting ready to leave, making your bed and making sure you have all essential items (such as keys, wallet, money, ID and work papers) on you before leaving the house. Once you do this over and over for a few weeks, it will become second nature. Once this is a true routine you will notice that you do not forget things as often, hopefully not at all.

How to establish one

When looking to establish a routine, you need to be firm in setting the routine. This means that you can't give in every time something comes along. These routines are in place for a reason and if you are not dedicated, you will see yourself in a position that you are more productive and thus are getting a lot more done on a regular basis. The how part is simple, take all the things that you do on a daily basis and then make a set time that you do each item.

First you need to decide what types of routines you need to create. Some examples include a morning routine, a dinner routine, an exercise routine, a cleaning routine, a cooking routine, etc. Once you know what problem areas you want to work on or work on first you need to make the routine to address your concerns.

For instance let’s pretend that you feel that your organizational skills are suffering because of your less than perfect diet (good health is important!) and so you want to work on a dinner routine. Well – why else would you need to establish this type of routine? One of the reasons might be that you noticed you are prone to forgetting to make dinner until it is too late to cook and your nightly diet consists of frozen food, fast food and unhealthy snacks and you want to change this.

The first routine you will need to get into in doing weekly grocery shopping, preferably on the same day every week. Prior to shopping you need to get used to making a weekly dinner menu and writing a list based on the menu as well as anything else you may also need. It is okay not to cook every night, so you may want to include a few quick meals, even frozen meals, for the nights you just do not have time – even organized people are sometimes too busy to cook every night.

Once the menu has been made and the list is ready you need to shop. So writing a menu, making a grocery list and doing the grocery shopping should be one routine that you make and commit to.

The other routine in this example would be actually cooking your meals. You will need to understand what time you get home nightly and if some nights you get home at a different time. Once you understand this, you can commit to creating a routine of when you need to begin preparing the food, when you start cooking, how long it takes and eating a healthier home cooked meal on most nights, if not on all nights.

That was a brief example of a simple routine you can put into place to organize one specific area of your life. 

How to stick to a daily routine once you are committed to it 

Sticking to a routine, you will often find to be difficult at first. This is normal as many people will be a little hard to motivate and get into the grove of doing something on a daily basis. The best way to make this happen, is to simply begin the routine one day, Mondays are usually a good time to get started and then every day do it over and over until you have a pattern formed and you find yourself doing this without question. This is the best way to get a routine started and going without too much trouble.

They say it takes 21 days for a routine to stick and become part of your life. I suggest committing to at least one month, by the end of that time period your routine should become second nature.

However, I do not suggest you wait to the first of the month. That line of thinking is reminiscent of making New Year Resolutions – which most people do not commit. If you really want to change something in your life you do not need to wait to a specific day to implement the changes. Start as soon as possible. 

Following these simple rules for establishing a routine, you will soon find yourself getting more and more done on a regular basis. While it will not be easy at first, you will quickly get the hang of it and will see for yourself the many benefits that can come from having a routine in place. The importance of having a routine will be unable to be measured in any form. Your time and organization needs will both be very thankful for all that you do in getting a routine and staying with it. 

40 comments:

  1. This post was extremely helpful 👍🏾

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  2. I agree routines are the best. What is hard is when something shakes you from your routine and you have to try to get back to it. I love that you say to not wait until the beginning of the month and to start now. Great point!

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  3. Very well written post. I am not very fond of strict routines especially as I travel a lot and I find it helpful to be flexible. Yet I totally agree with having a routine for regular life. I also like your comment about New Year resolutions. I haven't see any of those go farther than a month or two :)

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  4. I am definitely a person that has a daily routine. When I get off of that routine, it really messes things up for me. I am a creature of habit!

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    1. I happy things work out well for you :)

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  5. I totally agree with your comment that, "If you really want to change something in your life you do not need to wait to a specific day to implement the changes. Start as soon as possible." The day that I decided to give up cigarettes was on Friday, July 19, 2013. So, I quite - cold turkey. No patches, gums or pills, just my willpower. It was not the first on the month or even the first the week. It WAS the first day that I decided to get myself healthier! I haven't touched a cigarette since July 18, 2013.

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    1. I'm so proud of you. You made great decision :)

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  6. I totally believe in daily routine and rituals. Routine is associated with being monotonous and boring but that's BS, for me it's the recipe for success and productivity!

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  7. Ah yes, Routine , even the word terrifies me but without one we couldn't survive and be productive in our day. Most of us naturally have established a daily routine in our lives anyway without maybe even realising. Eg shopping for food, buying the newspaper etc . We couldn't survive without one.

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  8. Routines can be frightening but they shouldn't be stifling. For me routines allow me to go through each day with some semblance of clarity.

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  9. So true! I love having a routine although lately my routine has been a little more all over the place! Hopefully I can get back on track soon!

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  10. Routines are brilliant! As long as flexibility is still present, routines can do miracles. Great read!

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  11. One thing I am really good at is being organized. I love planning and staying on top of things. I am not a fly by the seat of my pants person.

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  12. This is such a great post! I am a bit disorganized, especially when I work from home, but I totally agree that having a routine makes the day more productive. I will use your tips and see if I can stick to my schedule for 21 days:) Thank you so much for sharing!

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  13. I have many friends who makes their weekly schedules but never follow it! Following Daily routine requires 100% commitment. You have shared some great tips which I am going to share it with my friends.

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  14. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
    I remind myself everyday that I need to change it! I done it regularly the whole time and it really works! Thanks so much for this 'reminder'. Hope you will have a great weekend! Cheers!
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  15. Great post David!

    Establishing patterns, or routine as you call it, not only improves productivity but also makes our life less stressful bec. of the predictability it brings.

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  16. I feel that having a routine can be extremely helpful. I always forget things or lose things. So when you plan your morning and repeat that every day there is no chance to get lost.

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  17. I have been setting up my routines but I never follow it but this article has given me belief that I can do it.

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  18. I have been setting up my routines but I never follow it but this article has given me belief that I can do it.

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  19. always i make my weekly schedules but never follow it, its really need a big ability

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  20. nice post David!
    really informative. thanks for sharing with us. keep this blog update

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  21. Very well written post. I totally believe in my daily routine and rituals.

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