Creating routines can be a huge benefit to us when it comes to designing our ideal life because we know what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it. We no longer need to go through our days aimlessly wondering around. With a properly designed routine you can get right to work and be more productive in everything you do.
Why Create Routines?
Routines give us a sense of comfort and predictability. When we went to school we lived by routines every day, all day. We had math from 9:00 to 9:50, then writing from 9:50-10:40, then recess from 10:40-11:00 and then lunch from 11:00-11:30, and so on. The whole day was laid out before us in an extremely well-designed routine and everyone knew the expectations and could anticipate what was happening next.
When we become adults we tend to revert to the “fly by the seat of my pants” philosophy and live a life of flexibility and freedom but I really think this is doing us a disservice. Routines get a bad rap of being boring, confining and restrictive. I don’t think of routines in a negative way at all.
Anyone who wants to create a more effective and productive life should consider implementing daily routines into their life or tweaking their current routines so they are more efficient.
I like to think of routines as a set of habits that are grouped together. For example, my morning routine is just several activities grouped together and are performed in pretty much the same order every day.
I get up, put my workout clothes on, brush my teeth and drink a glass of water as I head downstairs to do my workout. After my workout, I write in my journal, meditate for 10 minutes using the Calm app, and then take a shower. Next, I prepare breakfast, get my kids ready for school and then we leave the house.
My morning routine becomes a tool that ensures I am taking care of all the important tasks I like to do as I begin my day and it saves me so much time and energy because I don’t even have to stop and think about what I’ll be doing next.
Besides a morning routine, I also have an evening routine.
Again, it’s a series of tasks grouped together in the same order and has become automatic over time. I also have lots of other routines in my life, such as how I create my shopping lists, how I perform my house cleaning chores, how I pay bills, the order I go down the aisles at the grocery store, etc.
The more automation we can add into our daily lives, the more energy we will reserve for our creative work. Decision fatigue can be a killer for creating a successful life. When we overwhelm our brain by trying to decide when to do this, or when to do that we end up feeling frazzled and tired.
Imagine a day where you had to think about when to brush your teeth, which direction you will drive to work, which path you will take when you walk your kids to school. Your brain will be so worn out it won’t have energy to write that report that’s due tomorrow or draft emails to your clients.
The most successful people in the world live their lives in a series of routines and I think we can all benefit by following their lead. Check out this article here.
In addition to creating several daily routines we can also create weekly routines. Maybe every Monday you are unavailable for phone calls so you can knock out a ton of content uninterrupted. Perhaps you can have a routine of using Wednesdays for all of your meetings.
The options of adding routines into your life are limitless and there is a no one-size-fits-all approach. Try designing a few routines for your life and try them out for a few days. If they aren’t working just make some adjustments until you find the routines that work for you.