It’s already the New Year which means that it is about time that we get our act together and start becoming more organized than before. We all have tasks to accomplish every day and sometimes, because of our busy schedule, we don’t often get to finish them on time. Instead of being able to do nothing because you don’t know which work to start with, putting together a daily routine is guaranteed to make you more productive.
Creating your daily routine requires a bit of science and art. The science part is finding out what needs to be done while the art part is finally figuring out when you should do them. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Write down all the tasks that you need to do daily
First things first, you need to write down all the tasks that you need to do on a daily basis. This is not your to-do list yet. If this is your first time to follow a routine, think about what tasks you need to do before going to work, after your kids have gone to school, after you eat, and what errands need to be accomplished too. You can put everything you can think of in your list then just edit later.
Reflect on your work
Now that you have listed that you often do, it is time to reflect on what you want your daily routine to look like. Think about your current lifestyle and figure out what you are missing so that you will be able to adjust your routine as needed. Ask yourself what works best for you and what your frustrations are. You should also consider how your life will improve when you have managed your time wisely. Don’t forget to include what distracted you the most that ate up most of your time and those days when you feel too rushed.
Create your schedule
Now is the time for you to consider your energy levels. You should assess when your most productive hours are such as in early in the morning, afternoon, or when the evening rolls in. This will help you make the most out of your hours especially when you have a routine in place. For some people they are most productive during the mornings when everybody is still asleep. Some prefer to do their work when it’s already in the afternoon when they have done their household chores while for some, night time is a good time to prepare.
Assign everything a time in your weekly schedule
Since you won’t be able to do everything at once, you will need to assign your tasks accordingly. Start with the most important ones then spread the rest evenly in your weekly schedule. This way, you will get the right ones off your list then.
Although having a daily routine will help you get a direction to your day, you will need to be flexible too because there are times when something unexpected will crop up.