Is this how your day normally goes?
You wake up and get ready at lightning speed, almost choke on your breakfast, and grab your coffee only to have it spill on you before running out the door.
You barely make it to work on time, feeling stressed out and overwhelmed.
The day hasn’t even started, and you already need a restart.
After work, you forgo the gym, eat dinner, and fall asleep while watching Netflix. You don’t sleep well, waking up in the middle of the night, and the next morning is a repeat of the day before.
Why you need a routine
An inconsistent schedule like the one we outlined above can wreak havoc on your life.
Especially if you stay up late to get work done or catch up on your latest television show. Getting 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night is going to catch up to you.
Your body needs high-quality sleep for you to function the next morning and get things done. Usually, it takes around 90 minutes to reach REM sleep.
Experiencing a lack of sleep isn’t your only problem. Continuing to participate in bad habits like this can result in a lack of productivity, which can also affect other aspects of your life. Even your family may suffer from your lack of daily routine.
Are you finding that the week isn’t even being close to over and you’re already burned out?
It’s time to stop this horrible cycle, and we have one word that can help you: routines.
Morning and evening routines prepare you for success all week long. They help you stay productive, think clearly, and do work that matters.
Routines also help you set goals and get the most important tasks done without you feeling like you have to pull out your hair.
Adjusting to new routines takes some discipline. But by applying the morning and evening routine tips below, you’ll set yourself up for successful and well-structured days ahead.
A morning routine starts your day on the right foot. For many, getting up early in the morning helps them stay productive and get a lot done.
Even if you aren’t a morning person, you should try to get up early to see how you feel.
In addition to breaking the cycle of having a lack of routine, getting up early in the morning can have positive effects on your health. For example, it gives you more time to exercise, maintain a healthy diet, and concentrate better.
Let’s look at some ways you can make a morning routine work for you:
1. Set goals
The very first thing you should do in the morning is to set some goals.
You could jot them down in a planner or put them on a sticky note by your computer. Either way, implementing this technique will help you stay focused.
Try selecting three goals you can achieve that day.
If other essential goals come up throughout the day, only having three goals gives you some flexibility to add a few more if needed.
2. Read something that inspires you
Some people enjoy reading first thing in the morning to start their day on a positive, fun, or educational note (or all of the above).
For example, you could read a chapter from a self-improvement book, or from a book that is teaching you new skills.
There’s always reading the newspaper as well if that is something you like to do.
Even if you only have time to read for 10 minutes a day, that means you’ll have read 3,650 pages by the end of the year or twelve 300-page books!
That’s quite the accomplishment, and if you break it down into small goals, it’s very achievable.
3. Automate breakfast
Having your breakfast planned will help you stick to a schedule. Try to stick to eating breakfast at a set time every day.
Make sure you have breakfast staples in place. If you have a few healthy go-to options for breakfast, you’ll be less likely to make bad, impulsive eating decisions.
Having breakfast staples will also make grocery shopping a lot easier.
The end of the day is just as important as the morning. By incorporating an evening routine, you prepare yourself for the next day.
You also get to recharge your body with a restful night of sleep and wake up the next day feeling like you got a lot accomplished the day before.
Below are four things you can implement into your evening schedule.
When work is over, muster up enough strength to work out and your body will thank you.
Did you know that your body releases endorphins when you exercise?
Endorphins not only help minimize pain but they can also prevent depression.
Exercise also happens to help you sleep better, which, as we will further discuss on #7, is imperative if you want to have a happy and productive day.
5. Think about the day’s achievements
After a long day, it’s easy to forget about your achievements.
Taking a few minutes at the end of the day will help you reflect and celebrate your wins.
Thinking about your victories will help you gain perspective and encourage you to continue on the right track.
Later, if you experience setbacks, you can think back to the time you accomplished goals and realize setbacks are only temporary.
Be like Benjamin Franklin who asked himself every evening: “What good have I done today?”
6. Do one thing that you love
It’s easy to relax when you do something that you love.
To unwind in the evening try doing something you enjoy, such as reading, spending time with a loved one, or playing with a pet.
Feeling happy stimulates your brain and in turn, helps you feel more energetic and productive the next day.
Doing something you enjoy in the evening puts you in a safe zone where you can relax and enjoy the moment.
Do this every evening, and you’ll “seal” positive energy that will carry over to the following day.
7. Prepare for the next day
Before hitting the hay, it’s time to tidy up and prepare for the next day.
Get out your purse or briefcase and make sure everything you need for the next day is in there.
Put the dishes away and quickly tidy up the rooms, so you know where everything is.
Plus, you’ll feel less stressed knowing you have an organized house to come home to the next day.
Before going to bed put your electronics somewhere where you won’t get distracted by them. The same goes for television — anything with light can keep you awake and delay sleep.
Experts say that having less light before bed cues the brain to “wind down” and prepare for sleep. It can be challenging to do that in today’s society, but try to be more proactive and turn off TVs and devices.
Taking these steps now means you’re less likely to rush through your morning.
You’ll also prevent exhaustion from setting in early.
Waking up the following day won’t feel like a chore because you’re setting yourself up for success.
Implementing these daily routine tips can save you from unnecessary stress that busy days can bring.
Stick to a schedule, and you won’t find yourself running around trying to get everything accomplished last minute.
You also won’t feel like your head is going to explode. Instead, you’ll feel happy knowing you’re sticking to a schedule that works well for you.
Moreover, you’ll go to bed and wake up at a set time feeling well rested and ready to greet the day.
Having a positive daily routine will keep you productive and allow you to see better opportunities that are bound to come your way.