Build our businesses, write invoices, do inventory, walk the dog, put out fires, go to the gym, spend time with the family – there are often a million and one things on an entrepreneur’s daily to-do list, and not enough hours in the day to do it all.
We all want to get way more done in less time. An effective daily routine can help us accomplish this.
Before we dive in, let me define a couple things.
A daily routine could be called the daily ritual; it could also be habits that are performed during the day. The concept is that our brains actually go into auto-pilot a little bit. If we’re able to, we keep doing the same things, in the same order and the same way.
While this might sound kind of boring, the right daily routine can be very beneficial to us.
A big problem that you’re probably facing right now is you’re not getting enough done. At the end of the day, you’re feeling tired and overwhelmed, and your to-do list is still a mile long.
I know how it feels. I’ve been there myself.
I remember feeling this way back when I was working over 60 hours a week as a restaurant manager while trying to build my business at the same time. It was tough! I’d look at all of the things I had to do at the end of the day, and feel tired and depleted, with absolutely no energy left to go on.
Luckily, one thing I have discovered is that my mindset and my approach to this was wrong.
You might be thinking, “What do you mean, a daily routine? I have no time as it is already, and you expect me to do more and plan out my day?”
I used to think the same thing – that it was not going to happen. Then, I figured out a couple things.
Make the most of your mornings
The first and most important part of a daily routine is waking up early.
Now maybe you work night shifts, maybe you work shift work, but waking up to an alarm and waking up early in the morning is the best. Of course, that means that you need to get a great sleep the night before as well. Regardless of your schedule, try to get 7-9 hours of sleep, and wake up promptly with your alarm!
Maybe it’s a soothing yoga practice, or maybe it’s a full-on sweaty workout, but it’s so important to get your blood rushing and to get oxygen into your brain and body first thing in the morning.
Do some sort of meditation.
I remember when I started doing this. I started out with five minutes, and then slowly increased the time I’d spend meditating. The clarity and the energy that comes from even just a five minute meditation is so important.
Plan your day the night before (but especially before you even look at your email…trust me).
Take a look what’s on the to-do list. We’ll talk about this in another point, but what did you have down from the night before that you need to accomplish the next day? Plan your day, and schedule it out to stay on track.
Take frequent breaks.
Science says it’s best to take aa five to 10 minute break about every 50 minutes. This gives our brains time to rest and recharge before we dig back into our work.
Walk at lunch.
If you’re in a business or working at a place where there’s no way to get outside and go for a walk, the next best thing is to just breathe deeply and consciously unplug. There is something that is so important that helps us re-centre in that moment.
Lastly, at the end of the day, right before bed, make sure that you reflect on the day you just had and plan the next day.
By doing this, you’re able to get out all of the thoughts swirling around in your head. This will allow you to breathe and sleep soundly with a good plan of attack for the next day that you can pick up again in the morning (step 4).
After you do those things, I promise you’ll feel like you’re in control all over again. And having control of your days is the best feeling in the world!
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