I’ve been asked a bit about routines and regularly schedule activities (especially because I have a routines and weekly routine overview page in the Starter Pack and List & Planning inserts). Here are a few ideas that may inspire your own list and I would love to hear what you have on yours!
A few things that I think are important with these routines…
Make sure you schedule things in that are making you get closer to where you want to go. Leave room for flexibility and spontaneity but having regularly scheduled activities build momentum and provide check-ins and milestones to stay on course.
It is easy to get carried away with all the little things that seem important at the time but don’t really enhance your life or work. This is why it is so great to consciously schedule things in that allow you to grow towards your goals, are necessary self care activities or keep you on track and focused.
If you don’t always cross them all off, don’t beat yourself up. They are only a guide and you can always reschedule, tweak, start a fresh again or throw them all out the window.
Remember, this is your life! You choose what you do with it. Enjoy
Most of your daily tasks will be dictated by your main role.
Here is a list of some of the things I have on my daily schedule and some of them are general ideas. I don’t always do them all, but if I’m able to do it most of the time I know my life is the better for it!
- Gratitude list – 5 things you are grateful for
- Journalling – write at least one page of life-changing or mundane thoughts (or do your insight-inducing Morning Pages)
- Start the day with your WHY. What is your high level, soul-burning, heart-lifting reason for you to do what you do? What keeps you going in the face of challenges? Write it out in a paragraph or two and read it before you start your work everyday.
- Read your goals
- Plan your day including your 3 MITs (most important things to do today) and launch into them.
- One-minute of silence (or more if you can!)
- Fresh green juice
- Write 500 words
- 10-minutes minimum of heart-pumping activity
- 5-15 minutes of decluttering home
- Tracking things for the day (minutes exercised, water drank, weather, mood etc)
- Review the day and check in with the next few days
- Clear desk ready for a fresh day tomorrow!
I ended up moving a lot of my weekly activities to the fortnightly list as it felt very restrictive to do them every week.
- Week in review
- Weekly plan with the week’s 3 MITs
- Books to read
- File paperwork
- Do admin activities
- Close off all unfinished business for week
- Go through notes, scribbles, ideas etc and move them to appropriate places
- Love check in connection (Jack Canfield presents an idea in his Success Principles book to nurture your relationships. No matter how well things are going, put some time aside each week with your partner to see how thing are going. It is a non-aggressive way to bring up any small niggles and address them before one of you explodes and blows it out of proportion!)
- Chores and cleaning
- Date night with The Man
- Artist Date – solo excursion to refill your creative well
- Planning with partner – appointments, schedules and ideas so you’re on the same page with what is upcoming
- Family Time – since all my family live on the other side of the country or opposite end of the world, I try to schedule in time to Skype or call them regularly. While I probably speak to them more often, it is easy for time to fly by and realise you haven’t spoken to your Dad in a month (or is that only me?!)
- Creative time – I love to paint and cross-stitch, but it is hard to find the time normally, so I’m scheduling in time with myself to do something I love, but is not necessarily ‘important’
- Video time – I have an intention to do more videos and once again am creating the time for it.
- Month in review
- Monthly dreams including 3 MITs for month and transferring all dates and plans into your pages
- Beauty/Pamper session (yay!)
- Process all info from previous month and put them in their places
- Life Planning session – review and add to your life vision
- Check in with goals, master to dos and projects
- Catch up with friends
- Do finances – receipts, budgets, tracking income
- Tidy up car
You may then also have 6 week, bi-monthly, quarterly, 6 months, annual and ad hoc schedules and routines.
What else do you have on your regular list? Share with us below and inspire others to craft routines they love!
Life is crafted, craft yours,