Research consistently shows that having a daily routine is important for our health – especially our mental health! And here’s just a few of the benefits:
- Decreases stress levels
- Improves eating habits
- Improves sleep
- Improves productivity
- Improves focus
- Allows you to be more effective with your time
A daily routine is like a security blanket – It gives you a purpose and a sense of control.
On the flip side, if you don’t have any sort of routine to your day it may cause you to spend more time dwelling on negative feelings or problems in your life.
In this 15 min video I’ll give you 4 important steps to creating an effective daily routine:
Or if you’d prefer a brief overview, keep reading…
The first thing you need to decide is:
How much structure do you want in your life?
A good place to start is a morning routine…
Then once you have that mastered, a night routine…
And then you might want to move on to a routine around meal times…
Once you’ve decided WHERE you want to create a routine, then we move on to the “HOW”.
1: Make a list of what you MUST get done.
For example a morning list may include:
- Get dressed
- Clean teeth
- Drink water
2: Make a list of what you WANT to get done.
This should include items that move you closer to your goals eg.
- Pack lunch for work
- Prep for dinner
- Project work eg. assignment
3: Make a list of REWARDS.
This should include items that you really look forward to and can be used as a reward once you have completed your other tasks eg.
- Checking social media
- Having a cup of tea
- Reading a book
- Talking to a friend on the phone
- Watching your favourite tv show
- 5 min meditation or quiet time
4: Put it all together.
- Schedule in your “must do” items.
- Then schedule in your “want to” items.
- Intersperse your “rewards” after you’ve completed either one of the above.
- Make sure to give yourself adequate time for each task.
- Allow for flexibility.
- Arrange items according to the natural flow of your energy levels throughout the day.
- Trial your routine for a couple of days and see if you need to make adjustments.
- STICK TO THE ROUTINE!