Routine

Having A Routine Is Important

 

Do you have a set daily routine you follow? If not, you might want to create one today.

Initially, when we transition from child to adult, the lack of a routine is appealing. We no longer have to follow certain rules and routines often go out of the window. However, did you know there are a lot of benefits that come from following a routine?

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Why Is a Routine Important?

 

Our minds and bodies thrive on structure, so when we don’t have a routine we aren’t going to be as efficient and productive as we could be. When you follow a set routine, it reduces time spent planning out your day, while also ensuring you get those important daily care tasks completed.

When you don’t have a routine, it’s easy to forget to do things and become unorganized. A routine isn’t just convenient; it’s also great for the mind and body. It produces many benefits in our daily lives and can help you combat those nasty bad habits.

So, what benefits can you expect to experience from adding a routine to your daily schedule?

 

What Benefits Does It Deliver?

 

There are a lot of benefits that come from creating an effective routine. The main ones include:

  • Improved time management
  • Helping you to build up healthy habits
  • Helping you to combat bad habits
  • Stress reduction
  • Improving your overall health

When you’re working to a schedule, it can really help you to use your time more effectively. Planning what needs to be done each day and making space for it ensures you spend less time procrastinating. Start looking at how you are spending your time and where you could potentially do things faster. If you currently struggle with time management, a daily routine can help.

You’ll also find a routine can help you develop healthier habits, while breaking bad ones. In order to build up a habit, you need to do it repeatedly. A routine enables you to repeat the same tasks each day, helping them to become just as natural as cleaning your teeth. You’ll be able to gradually replace those bad habits with good ones. So, if you’re looking to lose weight, drink more water or improve your sleep for example, a daily routine can help.

The right routine can also really aid in stress reduction. High levels of stress can have a significantly negative impact on your mental and physical health. It can also start to affect your relationships. By adding relaxing activities into your routine, you’ll be able to reduce stress levels and therefore improve your overall health.

These are just some of the benefits a daily routine can deliver. However, you may need to tweak your routine a little in order to find what works for you. Don’t expect to start a daily routine and improve your life overnight. It takes time to get used to a routine and find one that truly works for you.

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Incorporating “Me” Time into Your Routine

 

When creating a daily routine, it’s easy to forget to include a little time just for you. With so many things to focus on such as chores, work and parenting, fitting in “me” time isn’t always easy. However, as challenging as it can be, ensuring you take time out for yourself each day is really important.

Decide What “Me” Time Looks Like for You

 

In order to fit “me” time into your routine, you need to first understand what it means for you.

The goal of spending time doing something just for you is to help you to relax, enjoy life, and ensure you are taking good care of yourself. So, you’ll want to focus on activities that you enjoy the most but barely get time to do.

For some, “me” time includes having a long hot soak in the bath and listening to their favorite music. For others, it’s catching up on their favorite TV show or reading a good book. Once you know how you’d prefer to spend time on yourself, you can figure out how to build it into your routine.

Assess Where You Could Fit It into Your Routine

 Now that you know what you want to do, it’s time to look into how you can fit it into your routine. Look at your current schedule and how you spend your time. If you find that you’re spending a lot of time checking social media for example, that’s the first thing you could cut back on, leaving you more time for self-care.

Once you actually look at how you currently spend your time, you may be surprised how much of it is wasted.

 Focus on Being More Productive

 

If you need to make more time for self-care, you can start by focusing on being more productive. The more productive you are throughout the day, the more free time you’ll end up with.

Set yourself daily goals, breaking your tasks down into manageable steps. As you tick them off, it will give you additional motivation. Having goals to meet automatically makes you more focused to get them done. So, if you’re struggling to fit a little me time into your schedule, boosting productiveness throughout the day could be the answer.

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Have A Routine For Career Satisfaction

Consider Waking Up Earlier

 

Another way to include more time for yourself in your daily routine is to wake up a little earlier. Did you know many of the most successful people in the world wake up at around 4am or 5am? When you wake up earlier, you get to start your day before everyone else. This leaves you with more time later on in the day to spend on yourself.

Alternatively, you could use your earlier start as the time to focus on yourself. Before starting work, read a bit of that book you’ve been wanting to complete, or listen to a podcast for self-development.

Incorporating more you time into your schedule isn’t as difficult as you might think. The above are some of the best ways to ensure you have plenty of time to spend on looking after yourself.

Fran

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