A daily routine that is done well sets you up for success, by giving you space to do what you need, in order to achieve the results you’re looking for.
It is not meant to be a way to fit an endless amount of tasks into any given day. Instead, it is an opportunity to identify and prioritize the essential, while eliminating the rest.
List your loves
Start by creating a list of the things that make your day great. What fuels you? What do you love doing the most? What do you need? Include all of those things on your list.
Create space in your day
Next, think about what time of the day is best to incorporate each of the things on your list. For example, you may find that you do your best writing in the morning, when your mind is clear and the house is still quiet. Or, maybe you like to blow off steam in the evening, so find that to be an ideal time to exercise.
Here is where your daily routine will start to come together. Now that you have an idea of where you’ll fit everything into your day, block out a specific period of time — the same time each day — for each item on your list. Repeat this until everything you love has a place in your day.
Set yourself up for success
Getting used to your new routine can be hard, especially in the beginning. Use tools that can support you. Set up daily reminders in an app like Any.do, block out time on your personal and work calendars, and use post-it notes for a visual reminder whenever and wherever you need it.
Stick with it
You can greatly increase the chances that your new routine will stick by practicing it for at least 30 consecutive days. If you can make it through this first stretch, it’ll be much easier to keep it up over the long-term.