A Foolproof Guide on How to Improve Your Daily Routine

7 ways to get more out of your days

Jack Krier
Better Advice
Published in
6 min readJan 5, 2021

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There are two kinds of people.

Some are always in a hurry, catching up on work, putting in late shifts, and running from activity to activity. Others seem to get everything done without cramming their schedules, staying up late, or letting stress factors take over.

Lifestyles might differ, but everyone has the same 24 hours.

That’s where daily routines come into play.

If you want to become more productive, alleviate stress factors, and push your endeavors forward, you need an effective routine.

As American philosopher Will Durant once said:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”

Many people misattribute this quote to Aristotle, who talked about “virtues formed in man by his doing the actions” in the Nicomachean Ethics.

No matter the formulation, the message stays the same: small, consistent, daily actions compound into a productive routine. And this productive routine will help us succeed over time.

Consequently, before taking on grand projects, we need to become the masters of our daily habits. We need to build a daily foundation for success before setting ambitious monthly and yearly goals.

On this basis, here is a foolproof guide on how to improve your daily routine.

Identify your most effective core habits

The most productive people structure their days around a particular set of core habits. These are the “non-negotiables” — the activities that secure their productivity and, therefore, form a critical part of each day.

In a 2018 interview with the Economic Club of Washington DC, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains how his days revolve around various rituals. As such, he likes to enjoy breakfast with his family, read newspapers, and avoid meetings before 10 am. He schedules the most challenging meetings between 10 am and lunch, and doesn’t plan any decision-making after 5 pm.

In his own words:

“I like to do my high-I.Q. meetings…

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Jack Krier
Better Advice

Writer. Photographer. Nomad. I write about entrepreneurship, remote work, and personal growth | All of my links: https://linktr.ee/jackroaming