A routine is something that I have always been pretty bad at until about 6 months ago I began just simply waking up at the same time every day. It was amazing how much easier it was to wake up each morning! And while this is just the build blocks of having a strong routine, it is amazing how well such small changes begin making each day easier.
Now it doesn’t matter what your resolution is, the odds are a strong and healthy routine would help tremendously in keeping your resolutions. But why is it so effective?
Well a routine allows you to know how much time you have available to accomplish the tasks at hand. If you know you wake up every day at 7 and go to bed every day at 11, then you know you have to accomplish tasks between those hours. I have always had the poor approach wake up at the last possible second to get ready for the day, and stay up as late as possible to get things done. The problem with this approach is that I had no control of my daily schedule. That is exactly what a routine gives you: control!
It is like when you begin to budget money for the first time and you realize where all of your cash is disappearing. When you begin to schedule your days in a strong and healthy routine, you begin to see where you’ve been wasting time. And believe me, we waste a lot of time!
So todays challenge is this:
1) Keep track of how you spend your time each day for a week.
2) Then look at all of the time and decide how to best spend it.
3) Write out a written schedule for your day/week.
4) STICK TO IT!
A simple routine could be the difference between accomplishing your resolutions and failing.
Renaissance Man Fact of the Day:
Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci would often experiment with various routines. He would change his sleeping patterns to try and find the best and most productive sleeping pattern. He eventually settled on sleeping in short bursts of 10-20 minutes throughout the day, getting around 2-2:30 hours of sleep a day! I don’t know how he did it, but that is commitment to his routine!