If you often feel like there's not enough time in your day for the things that have to get done, plus time for the things you love, then it's time you looked at your current routine.
Creating a structured daily routine is one of the best ways to shape your future success, as it'll help you get clear on your priorities, organise your time best, and boost your productivity.
To get the most out of your 24 hours and limit procrastination, planning your day will allow you to stay focused on your goals and direct your attention on the important things that are under your control.
This will give you the clarity to let go of things that are no longer serving you, and make space for you to grow and reach forward on your own terms.
It can be stressful trying to balance the obligations of work, social life, home life and your non-negotiables. If you're always living on the fly, this is when it feels like the list of to-do's is never ending, and it's near impossible to find time for yourself and the things you love.
But by planning ahead and sticking to a consistent routine, you'll be able to prioritise and time block each of your tasks throughout your day, and find yourself having a lot more time on your hands.
Your stress levels won't be through the roof trying to squeeze everything in and you'll find yourself rushing around less. And with less things to juggle in your mind, watch your focus and productivity skyrocket too.
Setting a non-negotiable sleep schedule does wonders for your sleep patterns, and planning around it will help you get the most out of your day. When you plan your sleep times and wake up roughly the same time each day, you're training your body by setting your internal sleep-wake clock.
We also recommend planning according to your peak and lower energy times of the day, for example doing your most active tasks in the morning, and saving the more relaxing, less important things for the evening.
A perfect routine looks different for everyone, but here's a list of things we like to consider that can help to create yours:
- Block out your day, either in detail by time if you have a lot on your plate, or simply by Morning, Afternoon & Evening if you're more flexible.
- Identify when you’d like to wake up and schedule your bed time accordingly so you can aim for at least 7-9 hours. Leave spare time without any obligations when you wake up and wind down at night. This is the best time to self-reflect, meditate, manifest, practice gratitude, and set your intentions.
- Think about when you’re most productive and energetic, and schedule any important work and creative tasks for those times. If you have the most energy in the mornings, you might want to start your day with a workout and release some feel-good endorphins.
- Allocate dedicated exercise time and treat it just as important as a meeting that can't be missed. Designing a weekly training schedule will help you stick to it and build a longterm habit that becomes a non-negotiable in your day. Use the Workout Planner in your MWU App to customise your workouts and rest days to suit you.
- If you're sticking to a nutrition plan and want to stay on track, think about scheduling in time for your meals when you usually get hungry, and keeping this consistent where possible.
- If you like to meal prep, dedicate certain days and times for your grocery shop and cooking. Having your meals and snacks prepared can help curb emotional eating and "emergency snacking" when there's nothing on hand.
- Planning “me time” is essential, not a luxury. It’s just as important to factor in set times for your self-care and doing the things you love, whether that's 30 minutes daily to read a book, or a few hours every weekend to catch up on your favourite Netflix series.
- Factor in some cushion time between tasks for any unexpected things that pop up. If you don’t happen to need it, here’s some time for spontaneity and self-care.
It's important to choose a routine that you know is realistic and will work for you. You don’t need to allocate every breathing minute of your day to a specific task.
If your schedule gets too full and rigid, life will only get more stressful as you find yourself struggling to meet every single demand you’ve placed on yourself. The goal is to create a rough roadmap to follow through the day, while understanding that some detours along the way are very likely.
Sometime life happens, and you might find yourself skipping a workout session or having to grab some takeout food on the go from time to time. This is completely normal so 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.
If you prefer to follow a more relaxed routine on your weekends and days off, do your thing. If you want to preserve some structure, you can treat your ‘weekday routines’ and ‘weekend routines’ like two separate ones, but keep some elements that you prioritise, whether that's getting a bit of exercise in, aiming for your usual bedtime, or having a similar structure to meal times.
Either way, there are many benefits of staying in some sort of a routine on your days off, even if that's just spending some time on Sunday planning for a successful and productive week ahead.
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