The past few months have been a little crazy for me – buying and moving house, planning and executing various collaborations, studying, all on top of seeing my clients, has really threatened to impede on my daily routine. As expounded in this previous post, my routine centres around enabling my three most important daily habits – meditation, exercise and healthy eating – all of which play such an important role in keeping me grounded.
Your daily routine should be informed by, and in sync with, your short and long-term goals (outlined in this blog here). In spite of all the chaos going on, I made sure that each night I planned the following day’s routine. It’s important to stick to it as closely as you can, but also important to allow flexibility. Some days things might really get out of your hands and you’re not be able to meet goals exactly as planned, but adapt as best you can. Over the past few weeks I have meditated at different times throughout the day and in many different settings, I’ve taken a range of new exercise classes, and (as I’ve been without a kitchen) have discovered many new healthy places to eat around London – so there have been some upsides!
A daily routine is absolutely essential to:
- Stay grounded, clear-headed and aligned with your goals
- Creating good habits
- Help get tasks done more efficiently and with less fuss
- Give you the ability to measure progress and to see that success is achievable
- Encourage commitment and perseverance
- Providing a sense of security and familiarity
Of course you can create any type of routine that works for you, be it one that covers just the morning and/or evening, just your work day, the full day – whatever!
I am a fan of a good solid morning routine, as I find waking up early and aligning your biorhythms with the rhythms of nature can be a very powerful and uplifting experience. Racing against the clock from the moment the alarm sounds can be very jarring on your nervous system, and can set a pretty stressful tone for the day ahead.
Simple tips to help set up a morning routine:
- Get to bed before by 11pm
- Clear your bed and bedroom space of all electrical devices such as phones, laptops and televisions
- Make your bedroom your sanctuary, a place that is relaxing, calm and inviting
- Get really clear about your perfect way to wake up and start the day – what would you be doing, seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing…
- Be aware that routine can change over time, just know that what you choose, you will mentally adhere and commit to
Morning routine ideas:
- Practise some breathing exercises
- Mentally recite or write a list of everything you are grateful for
- Make a to-do list
- Work out what your peak working hours will be, and prioritize accordingly
- Drink a large glass of warm water with lemon
- Oil pull
If you want more inspiration, check out this article that outlines the daily routines of some of the greatest minds in literature and science. It’s a fantastic read and hopefully another incentive to help motivate you into setting up your own self-fulfilling daily routine.
“How you begin your morning often sets the tone and your attitude for the day. It can also derail or direct your focus. If you remain committed to good morning work habits, you won’t fall prey to feeling unproductive and distracted at the end of the day or week.” – Lynn Taylor