Whether you are a very structured person or more of a free spirit, there are 4 types of daily routines that everyone should have. They will help you get organized and make your days go so much smoother. And I promise you will feel much more accomplished at the end of the day.
1. Evening Routine
If you do not have any set daily routines yet, evening routine is the one I would suggest as a starting point. The purpose of evening routines is to set yourself up for success the following morning. Basically, you are prepping for the next day.
Do you pack a lunch for yourself to take to work? Either pack it or set the lunch box on the counter the night before. Do you have some errands to run the following day? Prepare all the things you need in the evening so you don’t have to rush in the morning.
Check out my previous blog for details on 6 Steps for Creating an Effective Evening Routine.
2. Morning Routine
Once your evening routine is set up, you can move on creating a morning routine. Having a lot of things prepared the night before, is half of your success. The other half is having a specific set of things you do every morning.
I highly recommend dedicating some time to yourself in the mornings. It could be through exercise, meditation, reading a book, or enjoying a cup of coffee and writing in your journal. Having something enjoyable to look forward to every morning will make to less likely to snooze the alarm. If you are not convinced that this is good idea, read the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. It is one of the books that had a huge impact on my life in 2018.
I’m providing some additional tips on how to Start a Morning Routine in 5 Easy Steps in my previous blog.
3. Daily Cleaning Routine
Having a daily cleaning routine is another great way to simplify your days. There are so many different ways to approach it. You can have a routine of tidying up your kitchen and living areas at the end of each day and doing a major cleaning on Saturdays. Or you may prefer to do a little cleaning each day so you do not get overwhelmed on the weekends. Choose the type of routine that will best fit your lifestyle.
If you are looking for an inspiration, below are my two suggestions.
The weekly cleaning video from Brianna K, who is a momma of two small kids. In this video she recorded her weekly cleaning schedule https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlJ3kKvz0rM.
My second recommendation is a video from How Jen Does It, who is a momma to two teenagers. She has been using a zone cleaning method and has a lot cleaning videos on her channel that explain what she does each day of the week. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmAFrk-bqIc.
4. Work Routine
Finally, the last daily routine that you should create is a work routine.This one will probably take some trial and error to get it right. The idea is to set a routine that will provide you with a high level weekly (or daily if your profession calls for that) schedule of activities to be most productive.
If you are an entrepreneur, take into consideration what times of the day you are most productive. This is the time that you should dedicate to creating content or brainstorming ideas for your next product or service.
If you work in an office setting, you can dedicate one day a week to work on specific project. Or you can arrange your schedule in a way that you have meetings only on two days of the week and spend the other three days working on projects. Maybe you can set specific times of the day when you check your e-mails so you don’t get distracted throughout the day.
Your daily work routine will all depend on the type of work you do and the position you are in. But having some structure in your daily work will help you be more efficient, productive, and creative.
Are there any other routines that you have that make your life easier? Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear your ideas.