The Importance of Establishing a Daily Routine
Each year when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve and the premeditated resolutions we’ve been mulling over (and admittedly dreading) take effect, we are somewhat unwillingly introduced to a new routine. More often than not, the practice falls flat or trails off in favor of old habits, but every now and then, something sticks. Daily routines, after all, are the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle, no matter how frustrating the introduction. So we’ve come up with some hacks to help us through the transition time, hacks that reframe a productive routine as an investment in yourself (and your future self). Structuring a day, a week, a month creates a forward movement. It builds momentum to carry you through the days you don’t have the motivation to carry yourself. But before diving into the best ways to establish a routine, convince yourself of the positive outcomes. So what are the benefits of actually sticking to one? So glad you asked.
Better stress levels
Routines reduce the amount of stress in your life by creating a consistent rhythm for your day. Every time you make a decision, whether big or small, you are adding some stress to your life. While these choices are important and cannot be completely avoided, creating a regular routine can take much of the guesswork out of your day. Consider incorporating a morning meditation, or making time for breath work in your daily routine. Better stress levels lead to improved mental health, more time to relax, and less anxiety.
Getting a good night’s sleep and establishing a healthy bedtime routine is extremely important to your mental and physical well-being. Your sleep schedule affects your judgement, mood, energy level, and mental sharpness. Beyond that, not catching enough shut-eye will make it very tough to stick to a routine when you can barely keep your eyes open. Going to bed and waking up at a consistent time will have you beginning your day with purpose.
Creating time in your day for a quick workout and remembering to fuel your body with healthy foods will have you reaping a long list of benefits. While a workout often feels like that one activity everyone loves to hate, you can start by making everyday activities more active. You can simply implement small movements into your everyday routine, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or switch it up with a new activity like cycling or yoga. Increasing your daily activity can help upgrade your overall health.
How to Create a Great Routine
Convinced yet? Great. Now for actually building a routine that will keep you coming back for more...
Make a list of your daily tasks
A great way to set tangible goals and keep track of them is to create a daily to-do list. Include tasks that you look forward to, as well as those you would like to add to your routine to keep you on track. Plus, when you are able to cross your daily accomplishments off the list, it will leave you feeling satisfied and motivated to keep going!
Develop a schedule
Evaluate your energy levels and find out what time of day you perform your daily tasks best. Schedule the activities that require the most effort when you are at your most productive, and give yourself time to rest in between. The goal is to establish a regular and consistent daily rhythm that will maximize your time and energy.
Don’t be afraid to change your routine
Try implementing new habits and goals to your routine and see how they make you feel. If they leave you feeling motivated and energized, keep doing them. If you feel the opposite effect, don’t be afraid to keep trying new activities until you find ones that work for you.
Establishing a routine and sticking to it is impressive, but don’t forget to give yourself time to adjust. Remember that even one positive habit done each day can successfully influence your life. Building productive habits takes time to develop, but once you have established them, the benefits will feel much more enjoyable.