6 Ways to Keep Your Days Humming…

routine

Do you think routines are bad?

Do you think you need to be on more of a routine?

Here are some suggestions…

  1. Creating drop zones are still my favorite tip and favorite way to make sure I find things quickly. Create a front hall drop zone for items such as your keys, your coat, your shoes and more
  2. Every morning starts the night before, preparing your clothes, your shoes and your lunch the night before makes getting ready in the morning a  breeze, a grab and go morning.
  3. At the end of each day prepare your desk for the next day. File away your files, prepare your calls and set your next day chores the night before.
  4. Are you starting the day with doing something for YOU first? Journal, run, take a walk or meditate. Starting the day with something for you sets a great tone for the day.
  5. Emails, emails, emails can be a HUGE routine buster. block out a certain time to address emails.
  6. The use of a daily planner, whether that is paper or electronic is huge in keeping you and your day in check. Find one you love and stick to it!

There are the people who feel setting up and following a routine just isn’t fun. Too much work. Then you have the folks who stick to their routines and wouldn’t have it any other way. I believe once you set up your routine and really get use to it life becomes so much easier.

So, if you think a routine would help you to stay on track and help you create more time for the things that are more important and fun for you then create a plan you can stick to… remembering it takes at least 6 to 8 weeks to get use to a new routine!

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13 Responses to 6 Ways to Keep Your Days Humming…

  1. Well, I couldn’t function without #6. I call my planner my “brain, offloaded.” Everything goes in there, including a few fun things. I take notes there, track my calendar, hold business cards, store checks waiting for deposit, note important pieces of information, and list to my to-dos. I don’t know how anyone functions without a planner or planning system!

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  2. lisagessert says:

    Seana I couldn’t agree with you more!

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  3. Linda Samuels says:

    This is an interesting question about routines. To have or not to have them? I use a combination of routines and flexibility. There are certain non-negotiables in my day, like morning mindfulness meditation. But there have been days when I wasn’t able to meditate first thing, so I did it later in the day or before bedtime. The more essential aspect is “daily.” And then I give myself some flexibility for when. The same goes for walking. I prefer to walk first thing, but that’s not always possible. So again, it’s part of my “daily,” but when it happens varies.

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  4. I am a follower of routines and I believe they are very helpful to maintaining order. Having said that, I agree with Linda in that the routine doesn’t always have to happen in a certain order or at a certain time. Just knowing that these are the things that help keep my day moving forward is the best!

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  5. I am a fan of making routines. Preparing the night before helps me keep my mind clear and helps me look ahead and determine what is a priority without the pressure of taking action right away.

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  6. lisagessert says:

    Oh yes Sabrina …I am a fan of routines, drop zones, planners…they all keep me flowing and take things off my mind….

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  7. juliebestry says:

    My planner is my brain! By ensuring that everything (even things that are part of my schedule, week in and week out for years) gets entered into my planner, I never have to worry about accidentally scheduling a conflict or letting things fall through the cracks. I’m not a morning person, so literally EVERYTHING is set up the night before – not just clothes, but breakfast dishes, my work bag. The only thing that’s left for me upon waking is eating and grooming, because it’s the only thing for which I have brain power. All of your routine advice is pitch-perfect!

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  8. I have a habit tracking system I created which lets me know which days work best for me, the planned or the spontaneous. Although I often wish it were otherwise, the days when I go with the flow are usually the days not much gets taken care of. I’ve learned to plan my breaks and leisure time using time blocking so i get the best of both worlds.

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  9. lisagessert says:

    I am a big believer in time mapping and time blocking. Sometimes doesn’t always work but it keeps me on track!

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  10. Janet Barclay says:

    I find routines to be comfortable because they keep things predictable and controllable and make it easier to cope when life throws surprises at us,

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