Because of the pandemic, daily routines have become more important now than ever. Many of us are work from home and have our families and children with us. This environment and schedule can be difficult and stressful for us. But there are things you can do at home and maintain your physical and mental health, which is having a daily routine.
Having a daily routine can make you feel more grounded and prepared for the day ahead. It can be helpful, particularly if you’re trying to build new habits. Having a daily routine is about more than just your day-to-day responsibilities and work. Such a system helps us to see what we still need to improve or changes to become better at both work and personal life. Here, I’m going to tell you why a daily routine is so important.
1. Make Us More Efficient
When we have a routine to follow, it eliminates the need to plan our tasks every morning. It enables us to know what tasks we need to do each day without having to decide or think too much. When we finished a task, we can freely move to the next task without much thought. Doing this can reduce decision fatigue and make us better at doing certain things because we do it regularly. Eventually, we become more efficient as a result.
2. Free up Our Time
Planning on the tasks to do every morning can take up a lot of our time, especially in decision-making and preparation. By following a routine that we’ve already designed, we become more effective. We are able to perform a task faster and move to the next task without thinking too much. This means that we often spend less time completing the tasks listed in our routine and eventually free up our time.
3. Build Good Habits
The secret of success is repetition, and the same goes for building good habits. When we design a personal routine that works for us, we get to develop good habits by repeating the same tasks over and over again. Just like doing meditation every morning, we suck and don’t even know how to do it. Most of the time, we couldn’t even sit still doing nothing. But when we repeat doing meditation for some time, we get to be better at it and eventually build a good habit.
4. Reduces Procrastination
The key of designing a set routine is that it forces us to prioritize and decide what is important to us. Rather than make these decisions on a daily basis, we already know what to do and in what order because we have carefully planned it. This leaves us no room for neglection and hence, reduces procrastination. Because the most important tasks have been predetermined by us, we know that we will complete what is important and not spend time and effort on something that isn’t on the list.
5. Reduce Stress
There will always be things in our lives that are beyond our control. But there is so much that we can control, especially if we follow a routine. When we design and stick to a routine, it reduces the stress of worrying about the need to get everything done at the same time. Because we’re doing those important tasks that had already been predetermined by us one at a time, it gives us a sense of control and keeps us on track. This helps us to relax instead of worrying too much about things on hand.
Each of us is different and has different goals, needs, and desires. It is important to develop a routine that is suitable for us after carefully deciding our priorities. Building a daily routine also includes a deep understanding of yourself, such as the most productive time of the day, the best time to wake up, and the least productive time of the day.
Keep in mind that your weekdays routine may look different from the weekends. There also will be a time that we can only follow the routine on certain days of the week, or we just want to set aside certain times to do nothing. It is perfectly okay to do something out of usual. You don’t have to fill up every minute of your day. A routine is giving you a guide to be mindful about your choices and not to stress you up.