Successful people always have a routine to make sure they maximize their time. Therefore, to be successful, it is good that you have a fixed routine to follow to ensure that time spend is not wasted.
If you’re ready to get started on your own awesome routine, here are some tips to get you started.
1. A good breakfast can still be fast and easy
This is a great suggestion from Lifehacker which can help you get your morning routine going. If you struggle to eat breakfast every day because it’s too much effort or takes too long, this one’s for you.
Preparing your breakfast the night before by getting out the dishes you’ll need or cutting up fruit pieces can save you time the next morning. You might want to opt for a simple meal like cereal to save time and effort as well.
If something more time-intensive like oatmeal is your thing, you can make breakfast for the whole week in 5 minutes – perfect for a Sunday night before your week starts.
Here are some other fast, easy breakfast recipes you could try:
- Dressed-up yogurt
- Oatmeal muffins
- No-bake oatmeal breakfast bars
- Mason jar parfait
- Frozen fruit smoothie
Do you have another great breakfast recipe that’s easy to make? Share it in the comments below—the more the merrier! This is especially important since breakfast is so tightly connected to higher productivity.
2. Do creative work for when you’re tired
Our bodies have built-in clocks that determine the best times for us to eat, sleep, exercise and work. You might not have the flexibility to do everything at the right time for you, but try listening to your body clock as much as you can.
If you do better creative work at night, for instance, try to put creative tasks off during the day and schedule more admin or analytical tasks for your mornings.
If you find that exercising is best for you in the middle of the day, you could try doing this during your lunch break or taking a mid-afternoon break from work and hanging back a little later in the evenings.
3. An alarm to wake you up might not be enough – have one to tell you to go to sleep
Most of us have alarms to wake us up in the mornings but we all-too-easily stay up later than we plan to. Having an alarm to remind us when it’s bedtime can be a great help in sticking to a regular routine for sleep.
In Eric Barker’s experiments with sleep, he found that setting an alarm to tell him when to go to bed was even more effective than one to get him up in the mornings.
To get you ready to wake up fresh and rested the next day, try simulating natural sleeping patterns as much as possible. An alarm clock like this that simulates sunrise, or even a gentle alarm sound like birds chirping can help you wake up more gently in the morning. Making your bedroom pitch-black and keeping the temperature low (and consistent) can also help with a more restful sleep.
4. Switch yourself off at night to sleep better – the “zero notifications” method
We’re pretty fond of hacking and experimenting with our routines at Buffer, but a nightly wind-down routine is one we pay particular attention to. Many of us have found that this makes a big difference to how much—and how well—we sleep.
Our CEO, Joel, has written about his own routine before, and I really like how he explains his nightly wind-down habits:
Disengage: An activity to allow total disengagement from the day’s work. For me, this is going for a 20 minute walk every evening at 9:30pm. This is a wind down period, and allows me to evaluate the day’s work, think about the greater challenges, gradually stop thinking about work and reach a state of tiredness.
Avoid re-engaging: After the activity, go straight to bed. Be sure that all devices are in a separate room to the one you sleep (and slient). Once in bed, do not read books which are related to your work in any way. For me, this means reading fiction.
You might want to try a walk, like Joel, or some quiet reading time. Other great wind-down activites include meditation, drinking tea, sitting quietly, stretching and taking a bath.
And since light of any kind, including backlit screens like our computers and phones affect our sleep patterns negatively, try avoiding these for a while before you go to sleep.
5. Develop a morning routine that you keep on weekends too
Building up a habitual morning routine can help you to start your day in the best way. This is another one Joel is fond of, and he has a great suggestion for creating a consistent morning routine:
I certainly believe that allowing imperfection and some slack at the weekend is important, but I personally made the mistake of having a weekend wake up time which was too divergent from my week day wake up time. Only once I started to think about the weekend, I hit a chain of many days of early mornings.
I love this point especially, because I’m prone to have big sleep-ins and late nights on weekends, which can make my morning routine much harder to get into on a Monday morning.
6. Track your habits to understand yourself better
It takes time and effort to track everything you over a day. I recently started tracking my weekday activities and noticed that remembering to track each activity is the hardest part for me.
Having said that, if you can put in the effort for a few days, you might find the insights you need toimprove your daily routine. Understanding how you live right now can help you to work towards how you want to live.
With habits especially, it’s good to follow Richard Branson’s advice and start something before you feel ready. It’s one of the most powerful things that has helped him succeed.
Original Source: Lifehack
In conclusion, the 6 steps is just a simple guide for people who are unsure where to begin. At the end of the day, you must understand yourself and be able to customize out something that is suitable for yourself to be effective.