When your life gets stressful and kaotic, it may be time to evaluate your daily routine. If your schedule is not working for you anymore, or you never had one, starting from scratch may be the best place to get started or re-started.
For most families, school is still a month away, which has the possibility of scrambling our routines up! If you do not have that to worry about yet, it may just be the summer months that have you more relaxed away from a good daily routine.
These are all reasons why I recently sat down and took a look at my current daily routine, and realized in the past months as life changed, my daily routine did not. Maybe I had not made as many changes as I should have, and this left stressful frazzled moments in my day.
The steps that I have come up with, work for me, and could work for you also. However, you may need to make changes along the way to fit your individual needs.
First of all, you are going to need to sit down for an hour or so to evaluate your current daily routine, and decide your daily routine needs. I would start this time with a notebook and and your favorite go-to drink! I would find somewhere quiet to sit, your bedroom, the backyard, even head out to the coffee shop. Just get somewhere you can sit and think without any disturbances. I would ask my self the following questions:
- Why am I wanting to have a daily routine?
- What frustrates me the most about my current daily routine? Or not having a daily routine?
- What is currently working for my daily routine?
- What specifically would I like to make time for in my daily routine?
After you have answered all of these questions, you are ready to move on to Step Two.
Now you are going to give yourself some time to think about what your ideal daily routine would look like. Be realistic with yourself. Setting unrealistic goals, is only setting yourself up for failure, and that is the LAST think I want you to accomplish.
Time is the most non-renewable resource, so you want to make sure you are managing your time and using it wisely to your best advantage. I would start with these questions for inspiration:
- Did I spend my precious time on things that are a high priority to me?
- What were the disturbances that made me not use my time wisely the most?
- What part of my week did I feel the most kaotic? And why was that?
In this step you are going to need to write down all of your responsibilities. I want you to make a complete list of EVERYTHING you are responsible for. Anything that takes any of your time, even 5 minutes of your time is important. To help you get started on this, I have made a list of categories for you to think about, these may or may not relate to your current situation.
- Social Life
- Home Life
- Work Life
- School Life
- Health & Beauty (DON’T FORGET HAIR DAY)
- Church Life
- Side Projects
Here is where things get a bit more difficult. You are going to print out a couple of copies of a detailed calendar. Whatever you have decided to use for your new daily routine. A dry erase board calendar would work perfect for this, depending on how much space you have available, would determine the size you went with. In this step you are going to start assigning times to each of your above priorities that you have written down above. Some of these times will have specific times, and others will have more flexible times.
- Items in your week that have specific times to be done. Work, school, basketball practice, etc…
- Don’t forget to schedule your bedtime and wake time.
- Next you will schedule daily tasks, and weekday tasks.
- You will fill empty time slots with weekly tasks.
- Don’t forget to schedule in time for you to relax & re-charge!
- Lastly, you are going to schedule in a miscellaneous slot for bi-weekly or monthly responsibilities and rotate them at the appropriate times.
All this scheduling may take a few tries before you get it exactly just right. You want it to be workable for all involved. You will know it when you have gotten it just right!
The last step in my 5 Step System to Creating a Daily Routine, is to put it all into action. Studies show that it takes exactly 2 weeks to make or break a habit, so don’t give up if it doesn’t feel exactly right at first. I check my calendar frequently to make sure I am still on track, and make subtle changes as needed. It is less stressful knowing that everything that I need to accomplish has an exact time to get it accomplished. No more frantically running around to pay bills, or make it to an appointment, because I have scheduled specific times for all of these!
For some, scheduling every second of your day may seem severe, but structure in your life will help you become more productive, and more appreciative of your precious time. When your life gets Kaotic you can just pull out your calendar.
Here is to a more productive, less kaotic daily routine!
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