5 Steps to Creating a Routine That'll Simplify Your Life
Do you often struggle throughout the day? Then read on to learn how you can plan a daily routine that will help simplify your life and help you get things done.
Why Create a Routine?
The importance of having a routine is that you can take out all the uncertainty out of what you need to get done for the day or what you need to do next. It helps you to keep up with what needs to get done versus what life throws at you and tries to distract you. Therefore, spending a little bit of time in creating a daily routine that works for you can wind up giving you more time and freedom to do what you want to do!
Creating a Daily Routine
Here are five simple steps you can implement to start creating that custom-tailored routine just for you:
1. Write a List
The first step you need to take is to make sure what you need to focus on each day. The schedule you have during your weekdays may differ from your weekends so you may need to make two separate lists. Or, you can opt to just freestyle the weekends for now and just focus on getting your weekday routine settled first. Spend some time to think about what you need to get done throughout the day. Make sure to right it down in a notebook and keep it with you for a whole day. You can jot down notes as you go about your day. Just think, if it's something that you need to get done, jot it down onto your list!
2. Assess the More Important Things
Now that you've got your list of to-dos, take a lot and see if you have also included what you would like to do？Or have you turned your to-do list into a wish list？ Although the purpose of creating a routine is to help you make time to do what you want to do, you need to first focus on what's your priority - which is what you need to get done, not what you would want to do. So highlight all the items on your list that is your top priority. Remember, simplifying your life also includes simplifying our schedule as well!
3. Structure Your Routine
Now that you've got what needs to get done, you can place those tasks into different parts of the day. For example, taking a shower, you may prefer doing it first thing in the morning after waking up. So start allocating your tasks into morning, afternoon, and/or evening time slots. Think about what tasks must be done in the morning. For example, your morning routine is very important because it can often set the tone for the rest of your day. So you may want to wake up early enough so you have time to slowly get ready, workout, wash-up, eat a hearty breakfast, and really wake up and feel ready for your work day.
4. Add Timings
Now that you've got an estimate time of when you need to get each of those priority tasks done...add timings to them. Don't be to rigid. You can set the timings roughly so that you give yourself extra time in between the tasks just in case things take longer than expected. Of course, you can always go back and tweak the timings if you realize that the routine you've set is not realistic and doesn't work for you. In addition, at other times, life throws many unexpected tasks you need to get done, so don't stress out too much if it throws your schedule off. Be flexible and easy-going.
5. Try it Out
So now that you've got a beautiful daily routine written out on paper, it's time to put your routine into work. Try to follow the timings that you have set and and get what needs to be done. See if the schedule you've set really works for you. If there's a day or two where it feels like you've missed a few tasks, it's okay. Just keep trying. If you find yourself struggling a lot to accomplish your routine, then perhaps you need to tweak it. As long as you keep trying to stick to your daily routine, you will find yourself getting the important things done and having more downtime to do what you really love to do!
We hope that these five simple steps in setting up your own personal daily routine can really help you simplify your life!