A powerful routine that I do each morning before work is to set some goals for the day. I used a to-do list app, but you can do this with pen and paper if you want.
Take some time in the morning (or the night before if you want) to write down the things you want to accomplish that day.
This helps you plot your day so you are never at a loss for what you need to do next. Also, having your daily goals written down in front of you makes sure you don’t forget something important you needed to do that day.
Don’t overwhelm yourself, but make sure you focus on a few areas of your life.
Work tasks are obviously important. They will probably be the first thing you write down. But don’t forget about family tasks or personal/spiritual goals.
If you can get into this routine each morning, you will notice that:
You use your time more effectively
You aren’t wasting time worrying about what to do next
You won’t forget important tasks
, And as funny as it sounds, you will feel the thrill of accomplishment as you tick off each task
This isn’t something that takes a lot of time or effort, but the cumulative effects of it can really pay off down the road.
Take a Stroll
I think it is important to make physical activity a part of your daily routine. In this case, we aren’t talking about exercise though (more on that below).
This time we are simply talking about taking a stroll outside. Walking is a great way to accomplish a number of things:
It breaks up the monotony of your day
There are health benefits of not sitting around all-day
It is a great time to reflect and think
It can be socially stimulating if you run into people
It helps you connect with nature
It can help reinvigorate you
One little walk and you get all of those great benefits!
When you commit to this as a daily routine, you will begin to notice that it becomes one of your favorite parts of the day.
It’s just nice to get outside and take in some fresh air and sunlight. Quite often, people who commit to this end up going on longer and longer walks.
What was once a quick stroll, can actually become a form of actual exercise!
This leads me to the next routine…