I'll be the first to admit - I love and hate routine. The idea of waking up everyday to do the same thing with no end in sight is not the most appealing. For example, I typically dread Sundays because it brings on major anxiety and a bad case of the Sunday Scaries thinking about the laundry list of things I have to do the next week. However, by Monday morning I am more energized than ever and I am quickly checking off all those items on my list. So what's the deal?
Well as the week carries on, I tend to lose steam. I wake up bright and early Monday and by Thursday I'm hitting snooze at least 3 times. I have to maintain a consistent level of energy throughout the week and remind myself to cut down screen time so I can focus on my goals.
But the reality is this: routine is essential to having productive, healthy and creative lives. Routine is essential to giving us the freedom to make more important choices - those which may change the entire trajectory of our life. Below I've outlined some tips to help you build routine in your life and stay focused.
1) Wake up at the same time everyday, drink 12oz of water and write down 3 things you are grateful for. If you do this everyday it will shift your perspective and help you start each day on a positive note.
2) Eat a balanced and healthy diet. I always start my mornings with coffee and breakfast (eggs, toast, muffin, etc). Your body and brain need this to help you have a productive day.
3) Do one thing (it can be really small!) that will push you towards your long term goal. Whether that means researching more about your dream company or dream job, spending 30 minutes on a creative pursuit, or running 2 extra minutes on the treadmill. These are examples of small things you can do everyday to help you achieve that big goal.