Updated: 4 days ago
At a lower point in my life, I had absolutely no sense of personal responsibility and time management. There were things I knew I had to be doing, that I just didn't see fit to put the effort in to do it.
It came to a point where my daily life became so boring, I wasn't motivated to participate in it anymore. All I wanted to do was lay in bed, watch tv, and sleep. My daily routine consisted of waking up, eating, working, eating, sometimes seeing my horse, and going to bed.
It was very clear that I was stuck in a rut. My life needed some serious changes. The first thing to change? My daily routine.
Routines are an essential part of your everyday life. If you think about it, what you do on a day-to-day basis is technically part of your daily routine. Take one second to think about all the things you do every day, whether that's working, drinking, nothing at all, maybe some other things that aren't getting you ahead in life.
If you're like I was, then you probably need a routine overhaul, starting from scratch and creating a totally new routine that actually reflects what you want to do. That's why I created this simple 4 step method for creating a routine that actually works for you!
Read on to learn how to make a daily schedule and stick to it!
1. Getting Introspective:
The first thing you need to do in this process is to ask yourself some questions. By enlisting the help of your intuition, you can find out what you really want out of this routine and see your priorities with a little more clarity.
What do you want out of this routine?
Why do you need to create a new routine in the first place? Are you looking for a routine that helps you achieve your goals? Or, do you need a change in your life?
What is your end goal of doing this routine?
How do you want to feel after you've done this routine? Are you looking for a relaxing bedtime routine or maybe an energizing morning routine?
When will you do your routine?
Will it be in the morning? Before bed? Think about the kind of routine you’d like to create for yourself. Example: having a daily morning routine to get your day started off right.
How much time do you have to do your routine?
Do you have 2 hours every morning before work? 1 hour before bed? Set aside a block of time for your new routine.
What do you really need to do?
Some of my own examples are eating a healthy breakfast in the morning, chores. Get a pen and get out a piece of paper or your journal and make a list.
2. Create A To-Do List
The next part of creating a good routine is figuring out what you're actually going to do. What are some things you need to do during your new routine?
Make a to-do list for everything that you want and need to do in your routine. Rank them from most to least important. (taking the time to prioritize now will save you time and confusion later.)
Here's what to do:
1. List some things you’d really like to do during your routine, take note of how much time you want to spend on each.
2. Add up the times of all the activities on your to-do list.
3. Take note of how long you've set aside for your whole routine.
3. Schedule Your New Routine
Once you have your new routine all thought out, it is important that it’s in writing. Write it down like a schedule for yourself and put it up on your wall somewhere you'll see it when you wake up every morning.
Seeing your new routine in writing every day helps keep yourself accountable for keeping up with it. Feel free to keep making changes until it flows best for you. You’re in control of your life and the time you have. Use it to live your best life!
4. Put It Into Action! Get Working!
The final step is to put your routine to action and keep doing it. If something doesn’t work for you, change it. Remember that when you're starting, you're going to need to take it easy on yourself. Stick with it, and you'll see the difference in your life!
Don't forget your purpose! It will keep you going when you feel unmotivated. Let me know what you've added to your new routine and how it works out for you!
Talk to you soon xoxo