When we were younger, routine was built into our lives. The rigors of school included a pretty set routine with wake up, homework after school, dinner and even playtime. Somehow we got it all done- even without smartphones!
What about now?
With our lives completely disrupted by the current pandemic and changing events, many of our routines have gotten completely out of whack. In many cases, we've been forced to "wing" our days and have no idea if we're coming or going.
Is it any wonder that stress, anxiety and overwhelm are at an all time high?
We can gain a better sense of control over ourselves, our lives and maybe even a little bit of our worlds if we carefully get back into a routine.
Routine does NOT have to be boring by any sense of the word. As a matter of fact, routine can give you the additional time you need (often crave) to do the fun things you enjoy and help you to be the best you can be.
Here's 10 Quick Reasons Why Daily Routine is Super Important (and Helpful!)
1. Helps Us be More Efficient
With a daily routine, you don't need to make decisions, because you already know what you need to do every step of the way. Activities become standardized and we become more efficient as a result.
2. Saves Time, Our Most Valuable Resource
Time is the most precious asset at our disposal because, once lost, it is non-retrievable. When we follow a routine, our free-time is automatically built in. People who follow a routine often have MORE time in a day than those who do not.
5. Creates Good Habits
The secret to building good habits (like wearing a mask) is repetition. When your routine works for you, it becomes a habit, just like brushing your teeth. Adhering to a routine allows us to foster habits that match our goals and aspirations. PS- sticking to GOOD habits helps you break bad ones too!
6. Helps Us Become More Proficient
Plain and simple- practice makes perfect!
17. Reduces the Need for Willpower
When we brush our teeth in the morning, it does not require a lot of determination or willpower because most of us have made it a daily ritual. We hardly think about having to brush our teeth; we simply do it. The same holds true for other tasks when we follow a routine. It simply becomes, well, ‘routine’!
8. Keeps Procrastination at Bay
When a set of tasks and activities become routine, it reduces the chance that we will procrastinate doing them. You don't have to think, you just DO!
9. Saves Money
Sticking to a routine can help you cut costs. By being more efficient, oftentimes less scatterbrained (and keeping you from losing things you need to replace) and less overwhelmed, routines help keep more money in your pocket.
10. Helps Lessen Stress and Increase Relaxation
When we design and stick to a routine, it eliminates a lot of stress because we do not have to think and worry about what needs to get done. The act of ‘doing’ gives us a sense of control and helps us relax instead of fretting about the tasks at hand.
While we all have different goals, needs, desires and resources, routines benefit us ALL. Develop one that works for you on a daily (or work week/weekend basis) and stick to it. The rewards to be reaped are SO worthwhile! Today is a brand new day and it is never too late to start your own routine.