Do you have a daily schedule that works perfectly for you – and you do it every day? If so, bravo! I find it difficult to find the ideal schedule. Perhaps that’s why I have trouble actually sticking to my schedule sometimes! 😉
When I was younger, I never wanted a routine. In fact, I rebelled against routine. In retrospect, I think I had enough routine imposed on me first by schools and then by a corporate career that I resisted adding any more scheduling to my life.
When I started working for myself over a decade ago, though, that all changed. Now I had NO routine! Sure, with a young daughter at home, her school schedule (and wanting regular meals!) imposed some routine in my life. But how I managed my time for my business was wide open. And now that my daughter has moved away, I don’t even have her schedule to deal with.
While I don’t feel as though I’ve ever gotten my work schedule arranged ideally, I’m guessing having all my time wide open is the reason I’ve been reexamining my daily routine. And I think I’m making progress toward having a daily schedule that really works for me and that I don’t have to fight my way through every day. At the very least, I welcome the idea of a schedule now, which is a big step forward! 🙂
Here are some articles that might help you if you don’t have – or adhere to – a daily routine that makes you happy and productive.
Julie Neidlinger’s article discusses how to best think about planning your time so that the work time is productive and you make sure to allow time to not be at work. While I didn’t find anything here that was totally new to me, I appreciate the way she approaches the subject and she did give me a slightly new slant on how to think about it.
This short article by Eric Barker really doesn’t have anything new. These are the basics that we all know, but few of us actually do all of these every day. So here’s a reminder. And there are many links to articles that go deeper into each area, if you’re interested.
I’m finding that having a good morning routine really does improve my whole day. I’ve been tweaking it for the last couple of months and think I’ve found what really works for me. Matthew Toren’s post on Entrepreneur.com suggests a specific recipe for starting your day. You may like his just as is, or it might be a good starting point for developing what works best for you.
Thomas Corley’s article is a little different. When I first clicked through to this page, I expected to see a list of habits that could help “make me rich”. Instead, I learned about habits: how they’re created, why they’re hard to change, and how to create a new one more easily. Neat article!
So do you have a daily routine that works well for you? I’d love to hear about it, so leave a comment and share!