Hello Planning Mashers!
Today we are talking about probably the most impactful thing you can do with your day for productivity and general happiness: establishing routines!
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Routines are a series of little habits that you do every day one after another. Like when you wake up, brush your teeth, and go downstairs to brew your first cup of coffee – that’s your routine.
It doesn’t seem like it’s such a big deal, right?
Well, actually routines can be extremely impactful on your everyday life and a general feeling of happiness. Good routines can help you be a better self and feel happier, while bad routines might affect your days and psyche in a negative way.
Don’t be scared, today we’ll talk about the importance of routines and how you can create perfect daily routines for yourself.
I also don’t want to leave you without inspiration, so at the end of the post, you will find different routine Bullet Journal spreads from tons of amazing creators.
Why Are Routines Important
Routines have an amazing impact on our lives.
Let’s start from the easiest thing – having routines helps you to move through your day quickly and more efficiently.
Try waking up without a routine and figure out what it is you should do next! Isn’t it much more effective to already know what steps are there once you open your eyes?
Morning and evening routines help you to show some self-love and are a great way of self-care. Making yourself a priority even in little things will bring you joy and peace.
Following repetitive steps also makes you feel safer and in control. There are very few things in life we can really control and I can get pretty overwhelming.
But as long as you have your routine to rely on, you’ll have more structure and control over how your day goes.
Finally having a routine means that your steps are automated and you don’t need to spend any will power on making decisions.
The thing is – willpower is a limited resource, and if you can save it up by having routines and automating your actions – you’ll be able to save it up for important decisions and be more efficient and productive.
Usually, when you think of routines (or type it in Google) it’ll tell you about morning and evening routines.
For a good reason – those are the ones everyone needs and are some of the most important routines you can have.
The way you start your day defines how it will go, and the way you finish it will be impactful on your next day. So it only makes sense that you would pay extra attention to it and make it a pleasant experience by creating a wonderful routine.
But your routines don’t have to be limited by that!
First of all, try creating your “perfect day” routine. This is a total lifesaver if you’re working from home or are self-employed.
If you have your daily routine set it will take away so many worries! It’s kind of like having a clean house. You know each thing has its own place so no need to stress on where to put it.
Another type of routine is a planning routine. Planning is definitely a key to achieving your goals, being more productive, but also being happier and healthier.
However, starting to plan can be pretty hard. You’re not used to it and you don’t really see the results right away. I know from my own experience it’s so easy to just slide back and stop planning.
If you’re just discovering the planning world (or started a Bullet Journal) it’s very helpful to create a planning routine. Make it easier on yourself to start planning and keep it up.
Psss, if you’re struggling with that check out my post on How To Make Your Bullet Journal Habit Stick.
How To Create A Routine
There are many amazing routine ideas out there, but you should never just copy somebody’s routine.
You are you and you are absolutely unique, so you have to think of a routine that works best for you and your lifestyle.
That being said, here are a few steps you’d like to follow when creating your routines.
- Find Your Why
If you don’t know why you’re doing something, it isn’t likely you’ll be committed and will not follow through with it.
So first and foremost think on why you’re creating a routine and why your current routine doesn’t work for you.
- List Out Some Ideas
Next step – brain dump. Think of all the things you’d like to include in your routine. This is where you can absolutely do a google search for different routines and find ideas from others.
- Time The Habits
Now take a look at your list and time how long each of these things would take. Also, make sure you add some wiggle time because life does happen and you might hit that snooze button in the morning or decide to watch just one more episode at night.
- Set Priorities
By now, you probably see that doing ALL the things would take you the entire day, so it’s time to cut down on what you’re adding to your routine by setting priorities.
Yes, it’s nice to wake up at 6 am, do some yoga and meditation, and finish up the morning with a fresh green smoothie and journaling.
But chances are, you don’t have time to do it all, so set your priorities and pick the tasks that align with what you want to achieve.
- Assess Your Routine
The final step is to assess the routine you created. Does it fit with your lifestyle? Will it be intruding on your family routine or your roommates?
Another important question to ask yourself is – will I do it? Don’t make your routine overly complicated and don’t include things that you’re unlikely to do.
I’d love to wake up, do an hour of CrossFit and have a Wonder Woman body. But I know that’s definitely not something I’ll ever do. So I start small, from 30 minutes of yoga.
Yeah, for some reason I started from talking about routines in general but ended up with a morning routine. But the same principals work for every type of routine, so don’t be confused.
- Try And Improve
There is one more step to creating a routine though.
Once you start actually following your routine in some time you’ll have a better understanding of what’s working and what’s not.
So don’t take your routine as gospel to follow step by step. Make it more fluid and change it as you go. You’re changing, your life changes – it makes perfect sense that your routines would also be changing.
How To Make Routine Stick
Creating new routines won’t be easy. Your brain already has set routines and breaking old habits can be pretty challenging.
There are a few things you could do to help yourself with this process.
- Habit Tracking
Probably the most important instrument will be a habit tracker. It’s always there to remind you to do things and it will work with your routines as well.
- Routine Bullet Journal Spread
Visualizing your routine as a schedule spread in your Bullet Journal is so impactful.
When you have it all written down step by step you’ll be less likely to forget what to do and eventually it will become an easy automated process for you.
- Stay Motivated
Motivation is a great moving power for all things, including establishing new routines.
Stay motivated by always remembering your why. Maybe you could write it down or create a little visual board on how you see your life improving with your new routine.
Another thing that helps me a lot is reading self-help books. My Miracle Morning was probably the most motivational and impactful book that brought me on board with creating routines for myself.
- Hal Elrod
- Elrod, Hal (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
I still go back to it pretty often to get that extra charge of motivation and refresh my memory. Every time I do I find something I completely forgot about.
You can also get this book as an audiobook for FREE with Audible trial. This definitely is my favorite way to consume books lately, since I can listen to them when I clean, do chores or just in commute.
Routine Bullet Journal Spreads
Finally, as I promised here are inspirations for different routine Bullet Journal spreads. Let these be a fun example for you on how to bring your perfect routine vision to the pages of your journal.
Do you have a routine spread in your Bullet Journal? What kind of routines do you have established in your day?
Let us know in the comments!
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