New Year, new me! Many people start the counting of the new 365 days with this sentence. The New Year is the perfect time for new beginnings. As people are one year older, they are one year mature too. That means people should start to make a plan on how to become a better version of them now after the clockwise marked the beginning of 2021. Becoming a better version of yourself means forming new good habits that will help you achieve all your goals for the year that stands before you.
In order to do it, we recommend you setting a solid daily routine that will help you grow into a better person. Setting a personalized daily routine means leaving all the bad habits behind, and opens you for good ones. Habits are powerful and are the first step to a more productive and healthier life. And creating good habits is only possible if you have a strict daily routine. It will help you get out of the monotony you are stuck in, making it easier for you to form new more productive habits and with it, a more qualified life. Here are some of the steps to follow in setting the personalized daily routine that will take you to your dream accomplishments.
1. Make a list
The first step to creating your daily routine is by writing down everything you need to do daily. Make a list of all the things to be done in both your home and work life. You don’t need to follow some specified order, as you are not creating a to-do list. It is only a list of the things that need to be done, without specifying their priority. You can start achieving them from the last one you wrote to the first one. It is important to only know what you should get done for the day that in front of you. Take 30 minutes, a notebook, and sit down writing all the activities for each day.
You may not remember all the things that need to be done at once. There may appear new tasks as time goes by. So, try to carry around the notebook with you so that you can take notes throughout the day. Remember that there is no small task because the world is not done all at once but with small steps day by day. Any task that can come into your mind may be significant. Write it down no matter the small it may appear to you at first. If you want to work “make your bed in the morning” into your daily routine, then don’t doubt to write it down.
2. Structure your day
Are you an early bird or a night owl? If you wake up early in the morning and you get things done more effectively before lunchtime, then you are an early bird. If you feel keener on getting things done later in the evening, then you are a night owl. And, this is the best pointer to follow when trying to structure your day.
Mornings: Morning should be reserved for tasks such as getting out the door, which can be challenging enough. The best things to do in the morning can be related to activities such as feeding and walking the pets, putting dinner in a slow cooker… In the morning the brain is most productive, as you have rested for a whole night before, so make time for critical thinking tasks and troubleshooting.
Midday: Now when it is almost the middle of the day you may feel like the energy starts to disappear slowly. That is why you should reserve this period of the day for boring routine stuff that won’t require a lot of brainpower. You can answer email, set appointments, and make routine cleaning activities, such as emptying the dishwasher…
Evening: In the evening, the best activities to do are related to preparation for the next day. Plan your outfit for the next day, lay out the clothes, pack the lunch for tomorrow…
3. Get more specific
You may be even more specific than dividing the day’s activities into morning, midday, and evening ones. You can create an even more specific daily routine and try to follow it as much as possible. This is the daily routine of successful people around the world. Make it your own too.
- 6 a.m.: Wake up, brush teeth, and shower
- 6:30 a.m.: Breakfast
- 7 a.m.: Leave the house
- 7:15 a.m.: Drop off the kids at school
- 7:30: Arrive at the office
You may change some of the activities according to your personal life and needs.
4. Schedule in time for flexibility
Even the most detailed of the routines can be harmed by the thing we call life! So, schedule in time for flexibility in your daily routine. There can always appear some activities you need to do at a specific time of the day, that was planned for other tasks. No one can plan the time when gets in needs to visit a doctor, right? That is why you need to be flexible. But, the point of making a daily routine is still following some order in making the things during the rest of the time.
5. Test drive your new routine
Before you make your daily routine official, test drive it for 30 days for example. See how it feels. Does it give results? Do you need to make some adjustments to it? Change the things that are not working on. Keep the ones that do give positive feedback.