The secret of successful people is in their daily routines. It has been said that if you can show me what you do everyday, I can predict your future. Successful outcomes are products of what you do everyday.
A daily routine is all about the disciplined use of your time in the direction of your most important goals. Success comes as a result of doing simple things repeatedly over an extended period of time. Creating a system that works and following it consistently is how you achieve successful outcomes.
Developing successful routines is essential for the following reasons:
– to help you build productivity habits over time.
– to help you become more focused on your most important goals.
– to show you the areas where you need to improve.
– to help you get to your goals faster.
– to help you improve your health.
The following tips should guide you in developing successful routines:
Make the most of your time
To create a robust daily routine, you will need to do an audit of how you make spend your 24 hours everyday. Your daily routine includes everything you do from the moment you get up to the time you go to sleep. It’s about organizing your daily schedule to be more productive and effective in achieving your most important goals.
Start with well-defined goals
It’s important to see a routine as a way to alter your short-term and long-term results. The reason you set up a routine is to achieve a specific outcome. So, you have to begin by writing down the specific goal you want to achieve with your daily routine. Your goal could be to pass that professional exam, learn a new skill, lose weight, increase your income and so on and so forth.
Make a list of the important tasks
Now that you know what you want to achieve, make a list of what you will do every day to accomplish your goal. Make a list of the important tasks that must be accomplished daily. Allocate time to those tasks and eliminate activities that are not essential. Treat everything that does not contribute to your goals as a distraction.
You can break the tasks that make up your daily routine into three categories:
– Your morning routine. What you do to set the tone for the day for a great start.
– Your work routine. What you do at work and how you prioritize the important stuff that must get done.
– Your evening ritual. What you do after work is over. This includes the time you go to sleep.
Plan Your Daily Routine
You have to carefully assess yourself and organize your day such that you effectively make provision for your most important tasks. Things that are important to your goals, productivity and well-being.
Plan Your Morning Routine
You need to plan to always have a productive day by waking earlier. The attitude with which you start your day determines the rest of your day. Always have sometime to reflect on your most important goals with fresh hopes of achieving them. This will set you up for a great start.
Also, make room for other activities you do in the morning. Prioritize time to read at least 10 pages of a good book, exercise, breakfast and time to prepare for work.
Plan Your Work Routine
Organize your work day by starting with your most important tasks. Especially tasks that require high levels of critical thinking and trouble shooting. Prioritize important work first and leave the boring routine tasks for later in the day.
Take regular breaks during work, preferably after every hour. Taking breaks will help to improve your concentration and mental health.
Plan Your Evening Routine
After work, you should make provision for recreation and relaxation before you go to bed. Include time with family and friends in your evening routine. Get your mind away from the stress and responsibilities of the day and focus on your self and others around you. This will allow you to refresh yourself and recuperate from the stress of the day.
Create time to reflect on your work for the day and what you can do to be better. Also, this is a good time to create your to-do list for the next day. This will give your subconscious mind time to work on them before the next day.
Practice Your Daily Routine
Now that everything is set up, write it out on paper and test-drive it for at least 3 weeks with the aim of mastering your routine. Your routine might not play out nearly as perfect as you planned but it’s alright. The point is to allocate your productive time to the challenging and important tasks and your less productive time to the less challenging and less important tasks.
As you implement your routine, watch out for necessary adjustments to be made. Some tasks may be eliminated and new ones included. What matters is that you will have a daily routine that works for you.
Let’s be realistic, productive habits take time to develop. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Having a routine and sticking to it is incredible, but you should give yourself time. Your success depends on how seriously you take your routines. Your ability to focus and concentrate on your most important tasks and to do them repeatedly everyday will increase your productivity and guarantee successful outcomes.