If you’re looking to change your life, a good place to start is your daily routine.
By taking a look at any successful person’s life, you’ll notice a few recurring themes. They wake up earlier,they follow a fixed schedule, and they end their day in a relaxing way.
To do the same, you’ll need to change your daily routine,
Is Having A Daily Routine Good?
Habits are quite powerful. And a routine is a set of good habits we develop as a daily practice.
Whether you realize it or not, you already have many routines you use on a daily basis.
But if you haven’t taken the time to analyze each of your routines to see if it brings you closer to your goals, then chances are you’re going in the wrong direction.
The way out if you’re stuck in a rut is to change your daily routine.
Let’s explore what a good daily routine consists of and how to create an ideal routine for yourself.
How do you start a healthy routine?
Your daily routine will become your most powerful ally. So, we have to make sure we start out on the right foot.
The most important thing to remember when beginning a new routine is to start slow. Change takes time. And big changes take even more time.
Starting a healthy routine is a big deal, so you should feel proud that you’re setting out on this track! Take a moment to congratulate yourself on wanting to make a positive change.
Ready to get started?
Then, let’s get to the ideal daily routine formula.
What Is A Healthy Daily Routine?
There are some specific habits that are best implemented at specific times of the day.
Some practices work best in the early hours of the day, while other things should be avoided in the evening when it’s time to relax and let go of what happened earlier int he day.
Keep in mind that how you end the day is equally important. It’s the foundation of how you’ll feel and perform the next morning. It’s all connected.
Let’s see what to include and what not to do at different times of the day.
The ideal morning routine
Waking up marks the beginning of a new day. And what you do first thing in the morning can make or break your day.
That’s why you need a new approach towards mornings. Even if you’ve never considered yourself a morning person, there are ways to ensure you start the morning on a high note.
One way to do that is to get enough sleep and prepare the night before. More on that later.
But build the habit of waking up with the first alarm. Otherwise, you’re basically telling the Universe that you aren’t looking forward to your day and want to put that off for later.
If, instead, you wake up passionate to do some meaningful work, excited about the opportunities that might come your way, and determined to do your best job, you’ll crush it.
What happens once you leave bed, though?
Try some or all of the following:
- Make your bed (here’s exactly why that’s a good habit);
- Drink a glass of water;
- Meditate for a few minutes;
- Visualize a successful and productive day;
- Write a few things you’re grateful for;
- Go through (or write down now) your to-do list for the day;
- Include a quick workout.
Just imagine the difference in your health, relationships, mood, focus and career if your daily routine begins this way.
Next, the daily habits that will turn your day into a routine success.
The ideal daily routine
One of the best ways to start improving your day on the daily?
Take regular breaks during work.
Whether you’re in the office, travelling, running a company, or doing it all from home, chances are you need to empty your mind every now and then.
Taking regular breaks has been proven to improve your concentration, and leads to better mental health and mood. You should aim to be recharging every 45 minutes or so.
Of course, that doesn’t mean indulging in endless distractions.
But you should aim to take regular breaks to keep your mind engaged and functioning at peak capacity.
A good rule of thumb is at least 5 minutes for every hour that you work.
It’s also crucial to stay active.
There are plenty of little habits you can build to make it happen even if you’re behind the desk for the whole workday.
Get up and walk around the place for a few minutes. Take a daily walk. Make your workout (before or after work) a priority. Stretch every 2 hours. Bike to work if you can.
The ideal evening routine
When the day is over, don’t take your work home. Your mind won’t be able to relax if you insist on bringing the office home with you.
If you can’t let go of stress and responsibilities once it’s time to get ready for bed, you’re undoing all the great work you completed during the day.
That’s when having an evening routine will help. Dedicate your last hour of being awake to a few of the following activities:
- Declutter the room;
- Take a soothing bath;
- Unplug from electronic devices;
- Have a nice chat with your loved one;
- Don’t drink or eat right before bed;
- Review how you spent your day;
- Prepare your breakfast, clothes, and to-do list for tomorrow morning;
- Read a book in bed to get yourself to sleep naturally.
How Do I Create A Daily Routine?
You’ll soon notice that the ideal daily routine encourages you to wake up earlier and go to bed earlier. As a result, you’ll likely be tired at the same time every day.
That’s great! It means you’ve found balance.
Whether or not you’ll be successful in life is something you have full control over. It begins by changing how you start, live and finish each and every day.
Take your daily routine seriously. Set some goals now on how to go about improving it.
The benefits outweigh the price you pay, so the willpower invested in the early stages is absolutely worth it.
What’s your daily routine like?
Do you believe that you need to work hard to be successful?Like most people, your answer is most probably ‘yes’. After all, it’s what we’ve all been brought up to believe.
The problem is that when you believe this, you start to lose yourself to the grind. You start to associate success with pain and struggle.
But what if you didn’t need to suffer to be successful? Wouldn’t that be far more sustainable?
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