Not So Perfect but Easy to Follow
The Perfect Daily Routine-is simple and easy to follow. Simple routines remove the chaos from our mornings and set the wheels in motion early in the day.
These are ten suggestions you can try to make your life more productive and less chaotic. Some of these are obvious and others may not be as convenient or effective for you as they are for me.
Continue reading to discover which ones you find useful and which ones have the least value for your lifestyle.
1. Wake Up Early
Easy for you to say, you haven’t been partying all night!
If you are an early riser, this is a no-brainer. You already know the value of getting up early.
Let’s say that you jump out of bed at 5:00 a.m. This gives you an extra 4 hours before the World wakes-up … at about 9:00 a.m.
Four hours x’s 365 days = 1460 hours, divided by 24 hours in a day = 60.83 days. This is 2 extra months of life per year!
Not for everyone, but an easy solution to anyone who uses the, ” I don’t have the time excuse.”
These same time periods do not apply to you if you work afternoon or graveyard shifts, but you get the idea. Simply begin earlier in your day, when you are fresh and energized.
Everyone gets 24 hours a day, regardless of whether you are male or female, rich or poor, young or old. Never use the excuse that you don’t have the time.
Reset your priorities and you will always have time to spend where it is needed most.
Clear your mind for this new day. Gather your thoughts, breathe in deeply, and take a moment to realize that a new day has begun. Begin with a few minutes of meditation each day. Five minutes in quiet solitude should be easy to achieve.
Many people go through life without ever appreciating a sunrise, smelling a flower, or hearing a bird sing. Meditate, or Pray.
Train your mind for this important task. Spend two minutes before you jump out of bed to get your brain in gear and awaken your mind. This is an opportunity to spend time with your Creator and yourself.
Reflect on yesterday to assess if you are happy with what you have accomplished? Otherwise, your lifestyle may need some readjustment.
Regular exercise is a must if you expect to feel energetic and productive. Find the time of day that works best for you.
Your body needs exercise in the same way your mind needs exercise. If you are not doing any type of physical exercise, you can expect loss of mobility, tight and stiff joints, obesity, and other such ailments that will make your life more difficult as you grow older. The science is out on this one.
Walking is at the very top of the list when it comes to exercise. It is easy, simple, and effective. If you don’t want to spend hours in a gym, or tons of money on special equipment that you’re not going to use anyway, go for a walk. You can walk to work or walk to school, problem solved.
Walking is the easiest way to begin a physical training routine. It is the least expensive. Just walk to your door, open it, and go! It will never get easier than that.
4. Take Care of Your Body
After this moderate or intense period of physical exercise, it is time to cleanse your body and prepare yourself to meet the world. Proper hygiene is linked to Good Health.
A clean and well-cared-for body is more attractive and more appealing. When we are well-groomed and clean we feel good about ourselves and it gets better from there.
I have a friend who is an airplane pilot. He says, “I fuel my plane before I take off, not later”. The wisdom in that expression can be applied to your breakfast.
The worst form of poverty must be the lack of food in anyone’s daily life. I am very fortunate to have never experienced such destitution.
People throughout the world eat different breakfasts. Food is an energy provider so do not skip this important meal. If you eat a hearty breakfast, you’re not thinking about food all day.
Start with a small breakfast and leave the house with a full stomach. No, you won’t gain a lot of weight. This satisfied feeling will help you resist all the “junk” food that makes you fat and unhealthy.
Your focus and concentration will improve because you will not have to deal “thoughts of food swimming around in your head” all day long.
Work is what you do to earn a living. Work for many is spending your days in school or some form of training to earn a living after you graduate. Work isn’t always pushing “your rock” up a hill like Sisyphus. Work refers to things you must do in exchange for other things, like goods and services.
Learn to apply yourself, efficiently, to a task. Like any effort, begin small and slowly. Add a little more effort and time, every day, and soon you will be applying effort to a task and feeling good in the process. Remember that this is to make your life easier.
Productive people know and understand what they are doing. They learn how to perform an extensive array of tasks during the course of their day. This is learning how to deal with new situations and what Education is all about.
Whether you are studying in a formal setting or have chosen to study on your own, this is a process that you must continue your entire life. Having great teachers and mentors will always be beneficial to this purpose.
Formal education has to be supplemented with Reading! Lots and lots of reading. Schedule some time, every day, for reading.
This is the food for your brain, and reading will open your mind to help you find solutions to your problems.
Avid readers have extensive vocabularies and Learn a new word every day.
It will enable you to better understand the books that you read.
8. Have a Hobby
Hobbies are the “fun” things we do in our spare time. They are the opposite of what we call work.
Hobbies are to distract your mind from the heavy lifting in your life.
You spend the greater part of your day doing something to earn a living. Find something to have fun at.
Get out there and find yourself a new hobby. Music, Dance, whatever works for you. Hobbies are also a great way to socialize.
I have placed the Family near the end of my list only because we usually get home to our families at the end of the day. Parents often work away from the home and children often attend school, and therefore the family unit usually comes together in the late afternoon and early evening.
Learn to value this time period. Children grow up quickly, leave for university or work and yesterday’s precious moments are soon a memory. Take this time to establish control over your life so that you may pass this skill to your children.
Families are comprised of, grandfathers and grandmothers, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles. Families also include the people we work with, the people play with, and the people we pray with.
One of the highest and most noble forms of success in life must include the family. If you are fortunate enough to acquire great sums of money and other such material wealth, you will not be complete unless you can share this with your family.
If you are fortunate enough to have parents, be patient with them, try to understand them, and remember that what they gave you was probably the best they had.
Be grateful for their effort. One day you may become a parent.
10. Bedtime is the Time for Rest
Bedtime is the final rest period at the end of your day. Rest is the time we require to recuperate.
No one can run forever without stopping to rest. Engines cannot continue to run without stopping to refuel.
This is not nap-time. It is not the coffee breaks or naps we take throughout the day.
Take a shower, take a bath, find a quiet, dark and comfortable place to sleep for 7 or 8 hours.
This time period will vary for everyone, but it should be regular and sufficient.
Something to Think About
All of these activities are part of everyone’s daily activities. Some people exercise in the morning and others prefer to exercise at mid-day or in the evening after work or school. Creating a list of what you do every day is the beginning of fine-tuning your routine.
The purpose of a well-oiled routine is to remove chaos and make you more productive. You end up doing more with less effort. This is always a win-win for you.
Tuning up your routine is not to find the “perfect solution” to all of life’s trials and tribulations. Its purpose is to bring calm and efficiency into your daily life. Find the routine that works for you.
I enjoy reading comments, questions, or suggestions, that you use to structure your routines. Leave them in the space below.