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How to Make a Routine…
It’s a fact that having a routine makes us more productive & gives structure to our day. But, a routine doesn’t have to be boring!
We’re encouraged, usually as kids, to develop a daily routine. In grade school we studied, ate and played at a certain time each day. In high school, the sound of a bell signaled when we should be in a certain place at a certain time! (Pavlov’s Dogs?)
If you’re like me, the minute you were out on your own, you rebelled against this solid time structure, it’s much more fun to be free! But as I’ve grown personally, and taken responsibility for my own success and habits, I’ve found that a flexible routine keeps me on track to achieve more than I do when I wing-it!
Your Routine Should be Personal.
Unlike in school, where everyone has exactly the same routine, in adulthood we need our days to be specifically tailored to us!
You are different from everyone else. Your routine should be, too! Your goals are specific to you. Your environment and habits are only yours. When you can identify those things that inspire you- those things you truly enjoy, you can incorporate them into your day and benefit!
That’s the whole point- to have a routine that HELPS you conquer your day, to be effective & productive, to be closer to your goals!
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine-
Creating a routine that you love, that’s tailored to you…
Before you decide on a definite routine- out of desperation for getting up on time, you should examine the moments in your day that you enjoy!
What is something that you already do daily that you enjoy? Does your schedule allow for more of it? In designing a routine around the things you enjoy, you’re far more likely to embrace it!
What are things you don’t enjoy? Those chores you must do? Can you find a way to make them less painful? Add music?
Spread out your obligations. Remember Parkinson’s Law: Work expands to fill the time for it’s completion. Mel Robbins said it better: “Anything you need to get done, you will get done in the amount of time you commit to it!”
Remember when making your routine, to give to yourself first! Commit time to doing the things you enjoy. Then, & only then, back- fill with obligations and chores. By giving to yourself first in your habits, you ensure that this new routine is sustainable, & you’ll have more energy to give to those things that you don’t enjoy as much…
Putting it down on paper…
Now that you are inspired to make a routine that’s enjoyable, sit down with a timetable. Using a time- blocking system is the most effective way I’ve found to make my day productive and worthwhile!
Time-blocking follows the principal of Parkinson’s Law. You will get more done by assigning a specific block of time to your duties! Print off a timetable HERE and follow along, or save this page so you can create your routine when it’s convenient!
Time Blocking Instead of a Schedule
An ineffective schedule was a serious issue when I dedicated myself to following one. Here’s an example:
5:00am Wake up/ Workout/ Meditation
6:00am Breakfast for the Kids
8:30am Start Homeschool
2:30pm Kids Naps
Looks good right? Not- I found many 15 and 30 minute gaps in the daily schedule I created. Instead of being productive with those gaps, (writing/ promoting my business/ cleaning the house) I ended up doing non-productive things, (social media= Time Suck) because 15-30 minutes isn’t enough time to complete the chores!
This added up to many wasted hours throughout the day. I was successful at keeping the kids alive, but beyond that, my days were not productive, or even fulfilling!
Time blocking changed everything!
Instead of setting a start time for activities during the day, I did a time block instead. Example:
5:00-5:15am Morning Meditation
5:15-5:45am Pilates/ Yoga
5:45-6:00am Get dressed/ Prepare Breakfast
6:00-6:20am Laundry/ Dishes/ Bill Pay
Structuring blocks of 15-40 minutes this way ended up filling those gaps, so I didn’t end up losing my hours to social media!
You can create this yourself in a calendar or write it on a piece of paper. If you want something fancier, go ahead and download and print your time block worksheet HERE!
Put Yourself First
Remember to fill your time blocks first with the parts of your day that you ENJOY. Need social media time to check in with friends and family? Block out time for that! If you need an extra long, hot shower to wash away your stress at the end of the day, GIVE yourself that time!
You will be highly successful, productive & fulfilled when you’ve created a routine that is truly, distinctly yours!
You will know when time blocking is working for you. It may take a little tweaking at first to get it right! Stick with it, & you’ll be amazed at what you can do!
I hope I’ve inspired you to create a routine that rewards your effort! If you liked this idea, there are a few more around here you might enjoy!
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Sincerely Yours, Breezy