I greatly value my days off. It’s incredibly rare when I have a day with absolutely nothing to do. Even then, I always have something planned. I find it incredibly weird that I had so much free time as a kid and did literally nothing. My life comprised of eating, video games and sleeping (in that order). Nothing really was on the ‘important’ list.
However, now I have very little free time but it is incredibly treasured. I usually know what is planned for the entire day and I have a list of things to accomplish.
We all have a very loosely based routine. Mine started with the morning, where I had a concise order of things I did everyday. My mornings went smoothly with no real breaks in it. It felt good. I started to implement a daily routine in my life.
Having a strong routine gives you a sense of control over your life, it allows you to manage your time better and it provides a healthy balance between work and play.
Before the Routine
The clinch pin before any routine is sleep. Strong sleeping habits will allow you to tackle all the life challenges, goals and your desires. Sleep is an undervalued factor in most peoples’ lives.
I will never understand the person that says that they can function on 4 hours of sleep. I simply respectfully disagree. 8-9 hours of sleep is what I need to function optimally.
Equally as important is a proper sleep schedule. Try to get to bed and wake up around the same time everyday. It doesn’t have to be exact like some sort of robot, but roughly around the same time.
Achieving a proper schedule allows you to plan out your next day smoothly. It also allows for higher energy levels and an overall better sense of time.
Forming the Routine
Routine building can be a hard task. You don’t want to feel like a monotonous robot endlessly checking away calendar days. You want some spice in your life. I understand your point of view.
My idea of routine includes everything. I personally have time for work, hobbies, friends, and ‘me’ time. Everything I need, is satisfied before the days’ end.
When I started to build a routine I wrote down all the things I needed to do in a day. I needed to see my friends, I needed some ‘me’ time, I needed to work towards goals, I needed some time for hobbies, and I needed money (I don’t need to work).
Knowing exactly what I wanted from each day helped build the routine. It allowed me to be truly satisfied with each day. As I checked things off my routine list, I felt a sense of accomplishment.
Find a routine that works for you. What do you want in your daily routine? Write down all your things you need to do and want to do. Dedicate some time for each thing everyday.
As you complete them, cross them off (physically or mentally). As you start to form a routine, mix in new things. You’ll find yourself having more opportunities to mix in things you’d never thought you’d be doing.
There is a lot of power in a routine, mainly time management. The routine allows you dramatically increase your time management skills find that healthy balance in your life.
I puttered away a lot of time when I was younger. Was it a waste? Definitely. I feel like I am better off now with a routine than before.
You tell me. What are your thoughts on routines? Do you have a routine? If not, why? What does your routine consist of? Please leave a comment below. My readers and I would love to hear from you.
Be bold, be free, and love on.