Why You Need Routine in Your Life
We live in a very fast-paced world, that barely gives us enough time to sit down and take a breather. But rushing from one thing to the other without a break can burn a person out quickly. To prevent that from happening, daily routines can help stay calm, think clearly, archive more, and take care of your mental and physical health.
In the end, you will do better work if you structure your day and take some time to focus on you. First, you might feel like following a routine is a lot of work on top of the stress you already have in your day-to-day. However, they will set the road for your success and well-being.
Having no routine is actually much more draining for your brain and body. So if so far you don’t have one in your life, you might want to start now. If you already feel like you have one but still feel drained or like you don’t archive anything, we might have the right tips for you to optimize your daily routine for the better.
No.1: Always rise at the same time
The first tip is an obvious one: To archive more and start your day in the right headspace you should try to always rise at the same time, especially on working days. If you start work at 9 in the morning, try to wake up between 6 and 7, so that you have enough time to fit in a good morning routine.
It depends on you how much time you need for yourself in the morning, however, you might want to consider waking up early, so that you can get things out of the way, that you might not have the energy for in the evening. Just like working out, meditating, some reading, or cleaning your space.
If you have kids, we understand that your mornings might be hectic and you probably rise early anyways. If you can, try to take at least 10 to 20 minutes for yourself, for example before you wake your children or after they left for school and before you have to get to work. It is important to try to make time for yourself, even if it is just for 10 minutes.
No.2: Exercise and move your body
One of the best things you can do to wake up is exercise. No matter if you go for a run, walk your dog, do Yoga, or go to the gym for a morning workout: Moving your body before you start your daily tasks will energize your body and mind, make you more productive, and improve your mood.
Many studies show that the early hours of the day are the most beneficial for exercise. It might take a lot of discipline in the beginning, but the more you make it a habit, the easier it will be and you will feel better, no matter how long your morning workout is. It will give you the energy you need for your day ahead and boost your mood.
No.3: Sit in silence
Just as important as moving your body, is sitting still. This can be done at any time of the day: Either in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea, throughout the day when you find some time to sit still, or in the evening after a long day at work.
Some people meditate, which is known to be highly efficient for your body and mind. Others go for a walk in a nice park and sit on a bench. Whatever you chose to do: Try to concentrate on your breath and simply be. Even as little as 5 to 10 minutes of simply doing nothing are enough to help ground yourself.
No.4: Read every day
Try to read something every day, even if it is just one chapter of a book or an article in a newspaper or magazine. Reading is the best exercise for your brain, as it boosts your intelligence, increases your brainpower, helps you unwind, and even strengthens your empathy for other people.
There are studies that show that reading can decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s by double, so you should definitely add it to your daily routine. Even if you don’t have time to read an entire book or hundreds of pages every day: Just one article or one page of a book can be enough to keep your brain fit.
Further, if you read the right articles or books, it can help develop new skills and improve your understanding of the world. Instead of only watching TV or Netflix for hours, we highly recommend you take the time to read instead – especially in the evening before you go to bed.
No.5: Write or journal every day
Writing is another great tool for a healthy routine. No matter if you do it in the morning or in the evening: Get a journal and write every day. As to what and how much you want to write, depends on you.
Some people simply make lists of their daily goals. Not like a to-do list for work, but more of a healthy habit list: Eating healthy meals, cleaning personal space, going for a walk, calling a friend, and so on.
Others write down positive affirmations that they want to take into the day or, if they write them down in the evening, that they want to end their day with. These affirmations usually start with “I am…” and continue with something that speaks to you. An example of positive affirmations: “I am successful.” or “I am doing enough”.
Gratitude lists are also a great tool for your mental health: You simply write down 3 things that you are grateful for every day. Especially if you are having a bad day, this can help you realize that life is not all that bad after all and that even on the worst day, you always find three good things that you can give thanks to.
No.6: Break your day into chunks
A great way to stay focused and reach your goals is to plan your day by breaking it into chunks. That way you can make sure that you get everything done, that you have to do. Some people like to write down a schedule, others simply put reminders in their calendars and phones. It can look a bit like this:
- Morning routine: waking up, making the bed, working out, breakfast, reading the news, getting ready for work …
- Time at work
- Errands and appointments: grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking for family, meeting friends …
- Evening routine: yoga, journaling, reading a book, sitting in silence …
You will see how this will make certain things that are good for you, like exercising or keeping your home clean, way easier – simply because they become a habit. That way you stay more focused on the things that matter, like your family life or the new business you just started.
No.7: Create phone-free zones and times in your house
A lot of people spend way too much time on their phones, without even realizing it. Do you catch yourself regularly scrolling through Social Media, instead of doing something productive? Then you should start drawing a line.
Create zones in your house and times during the day, where your phone is not allowed. For example, never take your phone to your bedroom and try to not using it before 9 am. That way you make sure, that you don’t waste precious time, that you can use for your self-development.
If you feel like you are actually addicted to social media and other apps, try to do a Digital Detox: Delete all the apps that usually distract you and set yourself a rule, for example, that you are only allowed to check your messenger apps at certain times during the day.
If you do this for 30 straight days, you will see how much your life will improve, because your phone doesn’t control you any more, instead, you control your phone. There are also some very useful apps that help you control the time that you spend on your phone.
No.8: Go to bed at a reasonable time
Just like you should try to rise at the same time every morning, you should also hit the pillow at a reasonable time. That way you can make sure that you get enough sleep and recharge overnight. Around 10 pm is usually a good time.
To help you fall asleep, you should stop watching TV or Netflix for half an hour before you sleep. It’s better to listen to music, a podcast, or read before you sleep. That way your brain has time to get ready for rest. If you feel like your thoughts are keeping you awake, try journaling and/or meditation. This will help get your thoughts in order and fall asleep quicker.
No.9: Get a massage regularly
If you want to do something beneficial for your body and mind, you should start adding massage to your routine. You don’t have to get it daily, but we recommend you get one at least once a week. If you have a very active lifestyle or are a professional athlete, you might even consider getting a massage more regularly.
Massage is not only good to relax from a stressful day-to-day life, but it also has a lot of other benefits for your body: It increases blood flow, loosens up muscle knots and muscle tightness, stretches out your whole body, and improves your mental health.