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Why is Routine Important
Your weekly routine should be made up of all those things that you have to do every single week.
Some examples of weekly tasks:
- Meal Planning
- Making a Grocery List
- Grocery Shopping
- Going through Mail
- Balancing the Checkbook
- Paying Bills
- Dry Cleaning
- Cleaning House (floors, bathrooms, etc.)
Weekly Routine Example
Here’s my actual weekly routine. I’ve broken down the tasks I need to get done each week and assigned them each a day.
How To Make A Weekly Routine
To create your own weekly routine make a list of all the things you need to get done every week. Then decide which days those tasks need to be done. Be sure to spread your tasks out throughout the week. Loading everything up on one day will lead to stress & overwhelm. Try to give yourself a day or two off if possible.
Once you’ve decided which tasks will get done on what day you’ll plug them into your daily routine time blocks (see below).
Your daily routine is going to determine how productive you are every day. I like to start my day with a strong morning routine (more on that below).
Try to be consistent with how you move through your day. This will make your daily routine second nature, something you don’t even have to think about, you just automatically do it.
Wake up at the same time, workout at the same time, eat meals at the same times.
I use time blocks to map out everything I need to get done during the day. The time blocks help me focus on the task at hand instead of worrying about everything I need to get done.
Daily Routine Example
Here’s an example of my daily time blocks. As you can see many parts of my day are the same every day. I get up at the same time every morning, eat breakfast, workout, get ready and start my work day the same time every day. My work tasks throughout the day may differ a little but I try to keep them pretty consistent as well. I eat lunch, snacks and dinner the same time every day. When I first started Timed Nutrition I put each meal on my calendar with a reminder. Now, I can tell you what time it is without looking at a clock because I’ve trained my body to be ready for a meal at certain times of the day.
Staying on Task
Save going through email for the end of the day because it can be distracting and get you off task. I glance at my inbox between tasks throughout the day in case something important that needs attention comes through but most email can wait.
Also, turn all notifications off to keep from getting distracted. No email or social media dings or flags popping up to take attention away from the task at hand.
Another time management method I use to keep me focused is the Pomodoro Technique. The technique uses a timer to breakdown work into intervals of 25 minutes followed by a short break. There are two reasons I really like using this method.
One, it helps me get up and move more throughout the day. I’m usually sitting at my computer working. If you’ve ever sat for a long period and then gotten up you know how uncomfortable that can be. Instead I set a timer on my phone for 25 minutes and when the timer goes off I get up and walk a bit or do a quick stretch.
Two, it helps me get started and stay focused. Sometimes it’s hard to get started on something, especially projects or things that are overwhelming. But if I know I only need to give it 25 minutes then I can take a break it helps me get going. And usually after I get started the ideas start flowing and the task becomes easier and less overwhelming. I also use the timer to minimize interruptions. If my son or husband needs me to do something I’ll let them know I can help them as soon as I’m done with this time block.
How to Time Block Your Day
- Eat Breakfast
- Get Ready
- Drive to Work
- Work Tasks
- Drive Home
- Weekly Home Tasks
- Bed time
Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day. It should uplift and motivate you.
I established my morning routine a few years ago after reading Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning. He researched how successful, high-achieving people start their days and turned what he found into what he calls a Miracle Morning Routine.
The miracle morning includes the following:
- Silence (meditation, prayer)
- Scribing (journaling)
You can do these in any order you’d like and spend as much time as you’d like on each.
Morning Routine Example
I pretty much do the same exact thing every morning. Saturday & Sunday included.
Here’s my morning routine:
6:00 am Wake-up, put on my workout clothes, brush my teeth & brush my hair, eat 1/2 a banana
6:30 am Miracle Morning- head to the chair in my sunroom.
First, I put on my noise-cancelling headphones , open the Headspace app and do a 5-10 minute guided meditation. I love that the app has a variety of guided meditations to help you focus on different areas like stress, productivity, focus, and personal growth.
Next, I open my Simple Elephant Journal, read my affirmations, look over my vision board and journal about the day before.
Then, I read the daily verse in the Bible App and whatever devotional book I’m currently reading. Right now that’s 100 Days to Brave.
7:00 am Exercise time. I head to my home gym and press play on whatever workout I’m currently doing through Beachbody On Demand.
After my workout I make my Shakeology to drink while I get ready.
8:00 am Shower time. I shower and get ready for the day. Even though I work from home I still get dressed (usually workout clothes), do my hair and put on a little makeup. I also make the bed before I head into my office.
9:00 am Time for Work. I sit down at my computer, set my 25 minute timer and start going through my time blocks.
How to Make a Morning Routine
To create your own morning routine, first decide how you would like to start your day every morning. What things are important to you?
Write your morning routine out so you don’t forget to do anything. You can use the Morning Routine Template in my resource library.
Create a space to do your morning routine in. Gather all the items you’ll need: journals, pens, reading material, yoga mat, weights, etc.
Creating routines will help you get everything done with less stress and help you create healthy habits. If you need help creating or tweaking your routines please reach out to me. I’m happy to help. You can send me a message by clicking here.