A routine is perfect for controlling our busy lifestyles.
In this day and age, all of us are busy all of the time. It can sometimes be hard to keep up with our hectic lifestyles. We have daily tasks, weekly tasks and monthly tasks. Instead of rushing around trying to keep track of everything, why not set up a routine that helps you keep on top of all of your tasks. We have created this guide for you on how to start a routine to help control the madness of your usually busy lifestyle. We hope that this guide is helpful to you and we would love to hear your comments on it in the comments section below this article.
A Bit About Starting a Routine
Starting a routine is perfect for people who lead very busy lifestyles like most of us do in this day and age. A routine can help control the madness of a busy lifestyle so that nothing is forgotten or left behind. Our guide on how to start a routine should help you along the way to regaining control over everything in your life and ensuring that everything in your life stays organised and under control.
What is a routine?
According to vocabulary.com, a routine is like a habit or sequence that doesn't vary. There are daily routines and dance routines, and maybe even daily dance routines. Something routine isn't unusual: routine things happen all the time. Most jobs have a routine — things that must be done on a regular basis. People often get surprised by things that aren't part of their routine, or "shake up their routine."
A routine is something that makes life easier and creates rhythm too your life. By creating a rhythm, it is easier to remember all of the things that you need to do each day and ensures that you don't forget anything important that needs to be done.
Why is it important to have a routine?
It is important to have a routine to ensure that no important daily tasks are ever missed. A routine also helps us in our pursuit of achieving our goals. By creating a routine, we create a solid plan for our life which makes it easier for us to move along and complete everything that we need to do.
A routine can relieve stress, as we will always know what we need to do and when we need to do it. This stops us from having a build up of thoughts in our mind where we try to organise our thoughts mentally. By getting everything written down and getting a proper routine in place, we can relive stress and anxiety and improve our mental health.
Materials and Supplies Needed to Start a Routine
Below are all of the materials and supplies needed to start your own routine. This step by step guide on how to start a routine is completely simple, and there are no extravagant materials or supplies needed to complete this guide. These are the materials and supplies that you will need for this guide:
- A notebook
- A pen
- A list of all of your daily and weekly tasks and responsibilities
How to Start a Routine in a Few Easy Steps
Step 1 - Make a List of All of Your Daily Tasks
Grab your notebook and your pen and make a list of every single thing that you do each day. This doesn't have to be in any kind of order. Just jot down everything that you do each day so that you don't miss anything out of your routine. You should also make a note of all of the things that you miss or that you wish you were doing but aren't at the moment. Keep your notebook with you over a few days and continue to add to your list as you remember more things. This list needs to be full so that you can create a very full and successful routine.
It would be a good idea to split your list into two sections - Tasks you currently do and tasks that you should be doing or could be doing to make your life easier. At this point, no task is too small. Write down every little thing that you do each day so that nothing is missed out from your routine. You can always edit out tasks for the final routine, however at this early stage every task should be jotted down to ensure all of the most important tasks can be picked out for the final routine.
Step 2 - Create a Schedule
Asses your energy levels. When are you most awake? When are you most tired? It is important to realise this in order to prioritise tasks in your routine. Spend a few days making a note of when you notice your energy levels drop and when you feel that your energy levels are peaking.
Most people find that they have more energy in the mornings than any other time of day. With that in mind, try scheduling in tasks that require more thinking and troubleshooting in the morning when you're most energised.
When it comes to lunchtime to early afternoon, your energy levels have likely dropped. Choose this time to schedule in the more boring or easier tasks. This is also a good time to run errands if needed such as run to the bank or post a letter.
Evenings should be used as a time to plan for the next day. Spend time preparing meals or lying out for clothes ready for the morning. The less time you spend doing these things in the morning, the more time you have to put those high energy levels to work on bigger things.
Step 3 - Add in Some Flexibility
The routine is for guidelines only and no two routines will be the same. Be sure to add room for flexibility. There will always be extra things that pop up every now and again and that's okay. If you prioritise all the important stuff and get those things done during your most energised hours, then you will easily free up time to do all of that other stuff that comes along.
Everybody is different and your routine should reflect your own life. It's impossible to try to follow a routine set out by someone else as they will have completely different results to you. Make sure to think about all those extra things that often pop up. Try not to completely fill your day with tasks so that you have times to run any errands. Such as spend time with other people and do those odd tasks that pop up once in a blue moon.
Step 4 - Put Your New Routine Together
Now match up each of your routine activities with times. For example, if you have to drop your children off for school at a certain time, jot that down. If you have to be at work for a certain time, jot that down. Begin by jotting in all of the things that must be doe at a certain time so that you can arrange the rest of your routine around those specifically timed tasks.
Then you will need to prioritise all of your other tasks and slot them in between those timed tasks. Be sure to keep those energy levels in mind when prioritising tasks and jot down each event as and when you think it would be most suitable to complete it. It is best to put the more difficult task in the morning when your energy levels will be higher. Then put the less difficult or more boring tasks at around lunchtime or in the afternoon when our energy levels have decreased.
Step 5 - Test Drive Your New Routine
This is the fun part - trying out your new routine. You're not always going to get it right first time and that's okay. Try your new routine out for a month and see how it works for you. Evaluate how quickly you are getting things done. Look at how much spare time you have. Is there enough time for you to relax? How are you finding the transitions between each task? Are you able to complete each task within the given time? These are all questions that you should ask yourself. After the one-month test drive of your new routine, you should re-evaluate it and make adjustments to anything that doesn't seem to be working right for you. Eventually, you will find what works for you and your routine will be the best thing you have ever created.
Let us know how your routine works out for you.
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