Some people love having a set routine which they follow almost every day, but others say that having a routine is too boring and lacks spontaneity and freedom. While having a routine sounds quite regimental, it is not to say that you need to do exactly the same thing every single day. Life happens, and plans do sometimes change but research has found that having a schedule that you use as a guide most days has a wide variety of benefits which we will discuss below.
One of the main benefits of having a routine is productivity. Knowing what we are going to do during the day, provides structure to our life which does not require us to make rash decisions there and then. We also move from one task to another without much thought resulting in more efficient days.
Moreover, as a consequence of doing the same things most days, you are creating good habits which will also make you feel happier. The more you practice your routine, the better you become at it and hence, the better you become at prioritising the most important tasks of the day or even the little things you need to do daily to achieve your main goal.
Another benefit of having a routine is improved mental health by a decrease in stress and anxiety levels and knowing what is going to happen in advance. Constantly doing different things on different days of the week or trying to remember your to do list on top of your head can make us feel agitated. A routine will most likely make you feel grounded and more relaxed. Needless to say, there will be days where life happens, and we suddenly need to change our plans, but we need to accept the fact that this was out of our control.
One of the first things that we can do to help build a routine into our lives is timing. This includes going to bed and waking up at around the same time. Try to mentally and physically switch off at least 30 mins before your go to bed and when your alarm goes in the morning get up and get on with the day straight away.
Travel to work at the same time and in the same way; you are more likely to know what you need to do if something goes wrong. Furthermore, eat good nutritious food at the same time for breakfast, lunch and dinner and lastly make sure to incorporate some kind of exercise during your day. You might like to do it early morning or during your lunch break, but exercising is very helpful to make you feel energised but also to clear your head and improve your concentration for what you need accomplish during the day.
One thing is for sure – things will not always go to plan but having a routine will make you feel more in control of the decisions you need to make on the spot as you are already so well organised in life.
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