6 tips to organize your morning routine
A morning routine is an excellent way to start the day off on the right foot. Here are 6 tips to simplify your day-to-day.
A personalized routine is key to setting the tone for the day. It allows you to accomplish the goals you have set for yourself. It energizes you and provides motivation until bedtime.
Each person is unique and so is the routine you set for your mornings.
Now, how to go about establishing a routine? Here are 6 steps to get there.
Step 1: To-do list
Now is the time to prepare a list of things you need to do.
Write everything you hope to do in a day, even the most trivial like grabbing a coffee and taking a few moments to daydream and recharge.
This is the step where you define your dream morning, and where you can set new goals for yourself, such as adding 30 minutes of physical exercise.
With this comprehensive look at how your days unfold, you will have a good idea of the time required to devote to each activity.
Step 2: Prioritize
Place each task on your list in order of importance. With your priorities identified, you will have a better idea of when things need to get done during the day.
This step is one of the most important ones in the process. So take the time to really think about it.
Step 3: Eisenhower Method
Place each task you identified in Step 1 in one of the boxes of the Eisenhower Matrix.
Don’t worry if one of the boxes is too full, especially Quadrant 1.
The ultimate goal is to have more tasks in Quadrant 2 than in Quadrant 1. This means your schedule is not too busy and you should have the time to accomplish everything you’ve planned to do!
You will also be able to devote time to emergencies that crop up from time to time.
Step 4: Allotted time
For every task, write down the amount of time required to do it.
Be as specific as possible to be able to manage a routine that is not doomed to fail before it even begins.
You may end up realizing there are only 24 hours in a day and there is no way to stretch time.
You might have to remove some things from your routine or simply review your analysis in Step 3.
Step 5: Tasks in a calendar
You know what you want to accomplish, based on priorities you have identified, and the time you need.
Now is the time to establish your morning routine by adding tasks to a calendar.
You will be able to set your wake-up time. Don’t forget that the earlier you rise, the earlier you should go to bed in the evening so as not to disrupt your sleep pattern.
Use your preferred calendar app to get it all in order and have everything you need to do in one place.
Step 6: Discipline
You will need to master self-discipline for a morning routine to succeed.
If you let yourself off the hook too much and delay doing scheduled tasks, you will soon start to feel like you are drowning in things to do and it’s easier to become demotivated.
Take the time to settle into your daily routine until you make your way through your to-do list as if you were on autopilot.