As I think I have mentioned before I resisted the idea of a daily routine for a long time. I think it stemmed back from my traveling days when everyday was wild and spontaneous. The idea of routine just sounded… BORING! It dawned on me however that I already did have a routine but it was just a poorly managed one. Giving some thought to how I managed my time has paid off massively.
Creating daily or weekly routines allows you ensure all the things you want to achieve get done. Try not to overfill your schedule instead try to only include the essential things. The activities that are most in line with you priorities. The idea is as much about limiting what you do so you have more time to spend on the things you absolutely love to do. Putting limits on your activities forces you to choose only the essential most high impact actives.
Make a list of your weekly activities.
- Deep cleaning bathroom kitchen etc.
- Food shopping
- Paying bills / personal admin.
Then make a list of all your daily tasks…
- School run x 2
- Prepare lunches
- Oversee homework
- Cook dinner
- Kid’s bath / bedtimes.
Next list your long term goals…
- Clear out the attic.
- Start a blog.
- Learn photography
Now divide your weekly task evenly throughout the week. You may want to do more tidying at the beginning of the week so the house is tidy following the weekend and perhaps sort out clothes toward the end of the week so you have plenty of clean ironed clothes over the weekend.
Once you have sorted out your weekly routine slot in your daily activities and of course make time for your long term commitments. Now you see what your routine looks like on paper it is time to try it out. Give yourself a couple of weeks to see how it goes and make any adjustments as necessary. Try to find ways to save time for example if you cook each evening consider cooking double the amount of certain dishes so a potion can be frozen for later in the week.
You can split large tasks and personal projects up over the week completing certain tasks each day. On a daily level you should try to establish a good morning routine and evening routine. Your morning routine should be all about you getting you into the right frame of mind to start the day. Your evening routine should include planning some goals for the following day.
Play around with the routine until you find what works best for you but try to make it a priority for at least 30 days. After 30 days it will begin to form into a habit and it is through the creation of new habits that we can begin to see a positive change in our lifestyles.
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