Maintaining a daily routine is essential to getting your work done efficiently while still leaving you enough personal time. You don’t have to set a strict schedule for your day to be successful. Start by incorporating small daily routines and tasks to boost your productivity and overall motivation.
1. Give yourself time in the morning
How you begin your day directly ties into your overall patience, stress, and anxiety. Give yourself plenty of time in bed, scrolling on your phone, or enjoying the beautiful sunrise. Stretch fully and consider practicing yoga or other refreshing exercises to wake up your body and mind. Make your bed and eat a fulfilling breakfast, enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Kona coffee or a cup of orange juice along with a plate of oatmeal or eggs. Giving your mind peace in the morning as well as fueling your body with food and caffeine prepares you for the day ahead.
2. Schedule when you’re available
Adults today tend to spend a lot of time on the phone, answering calls and texts or just surfing social media. Just because you’re online doesn’t mean you have to be accessible to friends or family members. You need time for yourself to think about the day or relax. You don’t have to immediately respond to calls or messages. Your time is important and should be valued. Planning parts of the day to spend alone while doing activities you enjoy is essential to energizing your mind and refreshing your motivation.
3. Work within your limits
Set limits for yourself at work or when accomplishing daily errands. You likely won’t have the same amount of energy every day. Accomplishing the same amount of work each day can feel impossible when you don’t have the motivation or energy. Feeling shame because of your limitations can increase your feelings of anxiety or self-doubt. Create to-do lists for your work, errands and household chores. Complete as much as you can, and celebrate everything you accomplish. Bigger or more difficult tasks can always be split up into smaller parts or completed over several days.
4. Plan time to meditate or journal
Disconnect from your devices, and spend time exploring your thoughts and emotions. Journaling helps you express the emotions you may not have unpacked during the day, giving you time to relive interactions and memories. Meditation centers your mind and stimulates your body with breathing exercises. Both of these pastimes draw you away from the pressing matters of everyday adult life and instead give you time to get in touch with your emotions and what’s bothering you. Stress and anxiety can worsen if not addressed, leading to mistakes at work, depression and deep, personal unhappiness. Planning time for yourself gives you room to safely unburden your emotions and start the next day fresh and ready to go.
5. Disconnect from work at the end of the day
Your work is likely always one step behind you, with emails ready to be opened when you wake up and pressing messages blowing up your phone late at night. Letting work dominate your personal life can make it harder to relax and maintain significant relationships with friends and loved ones. You’ll likely experience burnout faster and struggle to find time for hobbies you used to enjoy. Establish boundaries with your coworkers and workplace to ensure they respect your time. Make it completely clear you won’t be accessible during your off-days, vacation time or when you’re off the clock. Some careers may require more time than others, but you still need a balance that suits you and your needs.
6. Drink more water and take breaks
Water is the key to minimizing your headaches, body aches and general discomfort during the day. Keep yourself hydrated, and take breaks to walk around the block or grab a quick snack. Your body is a powerful machine capable of amazing things when properly cared for and fueled. Refresh your mind and concentration by looking away from the computer screen and chatting with a friend or grabbing a coffee.
Your daily schedule determines how motivated and energized you’ll feel during the day. Take the time to establish routines that benefit your health and overall mind power.
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