You likely have a list of things you need to do. Some of these tasks might be every single day while others might be every week. Instead of running around in all directions and trying to figure out what needs to be don’t next, how about creating a system that keeps tracks of everything? Creating a daily routine can do wonders for you. First you need to figure out what you need to get done and then when you need to do it.
Create a list of your daily tasks
First you need to gather all the information on what you need to get done daily. The list does not need to be organized in anyway, it is more of a brain dump. Take some time and jot down everything you do each day. You may even want to carry the notebook with you and make notes throughout the day.
Divide the tasks into the following:
- Tasks you are already doing and that work well for you
- Tasks you need to add into your routine
Create your schedule
The second step is to create your schedule. It’s also important that you asses your energy levels. When do you best do your work. Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening person?
Put your most critical thinking and troubleshooting for when your energy levels are high, such as the morning. Save your more boring things off for the afternoon. We all know the afternoon requires another cup of coffee. Use this time for small tasks that require low energy, such as answering e-mails, making appointments, and running errands. As for evenings, use this time for planning and preparing for the next day. You might need to lay out the children’s clothes for the next day, pack lunches, or maybe even declutter a room you been wanting to tackle for some time.
Add in flexibility
Your schedule may not fit neatly together, and that’s okay. The point is to make sure you use your most productive time for your more challenging tasks and use your least productive times to do more dull tasks.
Put your routine together now
Now you need to get your routine together. Start with tasks that need to be done at a certain time of the day. Put tasks in time slots based on when you think it makes the most sense to do them.
Test out your new routine
Live out your new daily routine for the next month. While you are testing your new schedule out consider some of the following questions:
- How did it make you feel?
- Did you schedule your tasks at the right time?
- Do you need to make adjustments?
If you are not fully 100% committed to your new routine, then do an assessment and make the necessary adjustments so your routine will be able to work for you.