Creating a productive routine is a vital component of succeeding on your journey!
No matter your current goals and priorities, it’s important to place focus on things that are still under your control.
This means knowing when to pull back on things, as well as reaching forward when you’re ready!
Whether you’re already trying to structure your day productively, or are still a bit skeptical towards the importance of planning- today’s blog is for you! Let’s explore the benefits of creating a meaningful routine, as well as tips for restoring daily order when everything seems to be falling apart.
Benefits of creating a routine
There are many benefits to creating and implementing a daily routine! Some are immediately obvious, whereas others may need more work to have a more noticeable impact - but it doesn’t mean they are less important.
Reduced stress, increased productivity
Trying to remember things and hoping to wing it on the go can be very stressful. In contrast, planning out in advance can feel very satisfying. By planning ahead, you are far more likely to tick things off your list the following day - which will give you a sense of achievement, replacing chaos and uncertainty. As a bonus, keeping busy does wonders for productivity and helps remain focused.
Consistent sleep patterns
By going to bed and waking up roughly at the same time each day - including weekends - you can teach your body to set the sleep-wake clock accordingly. Setting a non-negotiable sleep schedule and planning your day firmly around it also helps you squeeze every little bit out of the rest of your day!
More time for the things you love
When thinking “routine”, many also think “boring”, associating the term with endless lists of work tasks and chores. However, it’s just as important to factor in the time for the things you love! For example, you could set aside 30 minutes daily to read a book, or leave a few hours every weekend to watch a few episodes of your favourite series. Planning “me time” is essential, not a luxury - and there is no need to leave out the things you love!
Create-a-routine cheat sheetA perfect routine looks different for everyone - here’s a cheat sheet of factors to consider that can help create yours!
- Block out your day: e.g. Morning, Afternoon, Evening
- Identify when you’d like to wake up and schedule your bed time accordingly (including a few minutes to wake up in the morning, and a little bit of time to wind down at night)
- Think about when you’re most productive and schedule work/creative tasks for those times
- Think about when you usually get hungry and ensure that at least breakfast, lunch and dinner are scheduled for roughy the same time each day
- Allocate exercise time
- Allocate “me-time”
- Factor in “cushion” time for any unexpected things that pop up. If you don’t happen to need it - here’s your extra “me-time”!
Incorporating nutrition and exercise
Making time in your routine for both physical activity and a healthy balanced diet is very important for both mental and physical health.
Regular exercise has many physical benefits such as increasing your strength and endurance, helping improve body composition and preventing unwanted weight gain. Staying active also does wonders for mental health, improves sleep and enhances mood.
But what are the step to planning your routine around exercising and meal planning?
- Design a training schedule and stick to it! Plan your workout and treat it like an important meeting which can't be missed.
- Over time, you will start noticing how great exercise makes you feel, while simultaneously building a habit - and soon enough, you will pretty much find yourself getting into your workout clothes on autopilot.
- As for nutrition, one helpful strategy is planning ahead and dedicating certain days and times to meal prep. This way, you will always have health meals on hand!
- Having your food prepared can also help curb emotional eating, as well as eliminate “emergency snacking” upon realising you don’t have anything available to satisfy your hunger.
As with other things, life can take over, and you may find yourself skipping a scheduled session or having to grab takeaway from time to time. This is completely normal - don’t be hard on yourself! With proper planning and scheduling, you will find yourself reaching your goals most of the time, which is what matters most.
What about weekends and days off?
You can definitely follow a slightly more relaxed routine on days off!
The key is to still preserve some skeleton structure - being that getting a bit of exercise in, trying to aim for usual bedtime, or having a similar structure to meal times. Do your thing - just “weekend style”! Another option if is to treat ‘weekday routines’ and ‘weekend routines’ like two separate ones - it's perfectly fine to have both!
Either way, there are many benefits of staying in some sort of a routine on your days off, setting you up for a successful, productive week ahead!
We hope the tips above helped you reconsider your daily habits and inspired you to create a meaningful, productive routine amidst all the uncertainty.
And if you need a hand with creating a health a fitness routine, our programs are a great start to add structure to your journey and help you achieve your goals 💪