Let’s face it, we are creatures of habit, some of us stuck in the same cage day in and day out. Let me ask you a question. From the minute your alarm goes off, what is your morning routine? It may be something along the lines of: wake up, shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, drive to work. Now within those few items, how often do you do the same thing? Every. Single. Day.
For example, do you brush your teeth in the same order every time? I do (bottom left, bottom middle, bottom right, top right, top middle, and top left). Do you put socks on before pants? How about that commute to work? Do you take the same exit, same road, at the same time everyday? It is kind of freaky how often we do the same thing over and over again.
Repetitiveness can lead to us to many things. Some find themselves in a rut and feel as though they are trapped and moving nowhere with their lives. Others may feel a loss of purpose and get lost in daily bean counting.
I admit, I do things over and over again, but I recognize when this starts to get dull and boring. That is when I make a change. You have to institute some change into your routine to help nurture your continued growth. Here are some simple things you can do to re-routine your day.
Mix it up
Are you the type of person who hits the snooze alarm three times in the morning? I challenge you to try not hitting it once. Maybe wake up earlier and go for a walk to get the blood pumping and clear your mind. Do you eat a drive-thru breakfast on the way to work? How about cooking up a couple of eggs and maybe some fresh fruit? Take the same highway to work every day? Maybe get off a couple exits before your normal exit and find your way via the backroads. Break your daily mold!
Schedule the time
For me, what helped the most to complete tasks and goals faster was to schedule the time out on my calendar. Here is an example of my daily routine once I get to work.
- 7:30am – 8:30am, Morning Prep
- Get everything organized and ready for my day, as well as eat a quick bite
- 8:30am – 9:15am, Social Media Schedule Out
- Work on filling my Buffer accounts with items from content generated websites such as Feedly
- 9:15am – 9:30am, Break & Walk Around
- Take time to visit other folks in the office and say hi
- 9:30am – 10:30am, Blog Prep & Maintenance
- This is the time that I spend generating blog ideas, writing, and updating websites
- 10:30am – 10:45am, Snack Attack
- Eat a little snack to keep me going
- 10:45am – 12:00pm, Department Work
- Work on items within my department and work scope
The above schedule is just an example of my morning phase. I always have to keep in mind one word: flexibility. You will not be able to do the same thing every day, at the same time, uninterrupted. Be able to be flexible when it comes to your routine. Your routine, is simply the framework to help you stay on task and motivated.
Trial & Error
Just because you change something does not mean it will be perfect on the first try. What works on Mondays and Fridays may have a completely different feel on Tuesday and Thursdays. Don’t even get me started on the impact it would have on your Wednesdays. Once you create that routine you are not married to it. Tweak and change as you go to keep it working best for you.
What are your routines? Do you do something special in your mornings or afternoons?