The power of a good daily routine
People don’t realize how important daily routines are until they try them. If you look at all successful people, they have some sort of daily routine regiment that they stick to. They wake up at the same time, they do the same things to start their day, they have lunch at the same time, they do the same things in the evening, etc. When you have no structure in your day, you find yourself waking up, getting ready and rushing off to work, then you come home and wind down on the couch before going to bed. You get nothing more than the minimum done and you never get ahead in life.
The importance of a daily routine
It is pretty simple, the importance of a daily routine is success. You achieve more, you think more clearly, you’re more productive, and you feel better. Don’t you love the feeling when you accomplish something big or important? You feel accomplished. You feel good. That’s the feeling you get daily when you have a routine and up your productivity. Instead of stumbling through your days and watching weeks, months, and years fly by with little to nothing accomplished, you’ll find yourself shooting towards success and living the life you want.
If you get a chance, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business is a great read on this subject. It really dives into the science of habits and explains how powerful habits can be to your personal life and business. It shows you how understanding habits can lead to exercisingÂ regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success. You need to recognize the habits you have in your life, good and bad, kick the bad and fill your day with good ones. If you haven’t already, you should read this book.
Start the day early
One of the most common habits to start is waking up early and starting your day. If you look at some of the most successful entrepreneurs and CEO’s, they wake up very early, as early as 4 or 4:30am. There are several reasons why waking up early is a good habit. You can get an early start to the day. There are fewer distractions in the morning. You have time to work out and eat breakfast. You can even start your day with meditation.
Make your bed
This seems like such a small thing and many probably don’t see a reason to make it since you’re just going to get back in it that night but it is very important, it is your first victory of the day. I have to admit, this is what made me start making the bed and now I do it every day. I had seen the video and a friend told me he does it for the same reason so I started to do it. Every morning I get up and make the bed. It seems small but for me, it has become an important daily routine for success. It only takes a few minutes and is a nice jumpstart for your day.
For me, this is a new one I just added to my daily routine. I actually use a daily affirmation app and I read it a couple of times and then write it down. If you are unfamiliar, affirmations are positive thoughts to help motivate and build yourself up. You take some time to visualize what you wantÂ and believe in positive things. Affirm you will be successful and you will be. It may sound a little different to some people but it has been proven to be a good method of self-improvement.
Check the news
Another good daily habit is to read or watch the news. Just glancing over some of the big things will give you a nice update of what is going on. You can double task and do it while you eat breakfast or exercise.
Keep a daily journal
Another thing that is a good habit is keeping a journal for your day. Everyone is different so how you want to do it is up to you. But the idea is to keep tracking of what your goals are for the day and what you want to accomplish, then reflect on it at the end of the day and see if you were successful. If not, how can you improve for the next day? You also might want to reflect on the positive parts of your day as well. Personally, I use the Panda Planner and I love it. You may want to try it out or use something else.
This is one that most people are probably going to hate and avoid like the plague but it is really important to incorporate it. I don’t think I need to harp on the benefits of exercise but instead, I will give some suggestions on how to fit it in. There are tons of apps out there for workouts that take only 7 to 10 minutes per day. If you can’t put 10 minutes towards working out, you need to take a step back and look at your goals. You could also do yoga if you wanted. Either way, putting some sort of daily exercise in your routine will have huge benefits. Obviously, you can also go the more traditional route and get a gym membership and do a longer workout.
Take a cold shower
This one does not sound fun, I know but cold showers can be beneficial to start your day. Some of the benefits are increased alertness, stimulates weight loss, eases stress, speeds up muscle recovery, and more. This may be a hard one to implement in your daily routine but it is worth trying, you might like what you feel.
Give your body the energy it needs to start the day, eat a good breakfast. There are plenty of foods you can eat quickly if needed to give you that morning jump. From eggs and oatmeal to bananas and coffee, there are plenty of quality foods to start your day off. Take a look at that article to see a list of 21 good choices to have for breakfast. This is a great daily habit to have a productive day.
Let’s add up everything so far
So let’s talk about everything up to this point, if you’ve noticed, it has all been morning routines and they are kind of in order. Depending on how early you wake up, you should have no problem including some variation of what I mentioned above. Some of the habits only take a few minutes to do and by themselves have huge results, when you pair them together you’re looking at the start to a powerful and productive day!
Reflect on day
At the end of the day, it is a good habit to reflect on your day and see what went well and what you can improve on. Especially when you first start changing your daily routine you’ll want to figure out how your day went. It’s like the days of school when your teachers corrected your work, but now it’s you correcting your work. Your goal is self-improvement and reflection is a key to that.
Set tomorrows goals
After you reflect on your day you’ll want to set your goals for tomorrow. Some people may like to do it in the morning but I think it is a nice habit for the night before. It is a relaxing thing to add to the end of your daily routine. I find that it is also something that gives you that added motivation when you go to bed and excites you for the next day. It’s also one less thing to worry about in the morning so you can get right to work and being productive.
Clean and organize
Clutter is one of the worst things for productivity so you want as little clutter in your life as possible. Make sure everything is straightened up so when you wake up, you wake up to a clean environment. It’ll have a positive impact on your mental state and reduce stress when you wake up in the morning and everything is clean. Lastly, it is another sense of accomplishment before you end your day. 10 to 20 minutes of cleaning is a great habit for your daily routine.
Now that you’ve had a super productive day, it is time to wind down and relax. You’ve had such a productive day that now it’s time to have some leisure time before going to bed. Put your brain at ease at the end of the day. A great way to do so is to do some reading. Double edge sword, you relax while doing something productive and learn new things. You can listen to music, spend time with your family, take a walk, write in a diary, or just sit around and relax. There is a limitless amount of things you can do to relax.
Daily Routine for Success Final Thoughts
If you don’t have a good daily routine it is time to have one. Take a conscious effort to look at your habits and drop the bad ones and replace them with good ones. When you see the difference in your productivity, the way you feel, and how much you accomplish, you’ll wish you started sooner. I want to mention The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business again because if this stuff interests you, you’ll love reading this book. It’s fascinating and you’ll be able to apply it to your life immediately.