6 Important Reasons Why You Need A Daily Routine

There are some really important reasons why you need a daily routine, but as adults, we seem to be bad at creating and sticking to one.

Before we dig in, let me take you back to your childhood.

Do you remember when you were little and had a set daily routine for when you:

  • Woke up
  • Ate food – set times for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bedtime

And Saturdays were always the day when you would tidy your bedroom or help with household chores?

And when you went to senior school, you were given a weekly timetable to tell you when your classes were happening.  Usually, divided into 1-hour segments?

Wasn't life simple then?

As children, we all follow a strict routine.  But when we become fully independent adults, we tend to relax the rules we once followed.  Unfortunately, we struggle as a result – even though we love the idea of being a rebel and excite ourselves with the idea that we are being spontaneous.


No Routine = Problems


Unfortunately, being a rebel and disregarding our routines can lead to several problems.

When we follow a routine we

  • add structure to our lives
  • become more efficient and
  • receive many powerful benefits.

So I'm going to share with you 6 key benefits of why you need a daily routine which are:

  • Develop good habits
  • Increase efficiency
  • Improve your health
  • Sleep better
  • Decrease reliance on willpower
  • Reduce and relieve stress


6 Reasons Why You Need A Daily Routine


1.  Develop good habits.

One of the best reasons to create a daily routine is that it can help you to combat bad habits.  By replacing bad habits with good ones, you can gradually improve all aspects of your life.  It can be tough to overcome bad habits, but a routine can help massively.

You can have habits for almost anything in life.  But for me, the best habits I've introduced into my life are:

My morning journal

I put pen to paper and write my reflections for the day before and my intentions for the day coming.  It's also a great way to write down the things I'm grateful for.  I also explore stress issues such as causes and triggers so I can take appropriate action.

Writing the three most important tasks I want to achieve each day

Without this, I would be flapping about like a fish out of water.  However, this is a lot easier as I tend to do a monthly and weekly plan to know exactly what my goals are and the tasks I need to complete to achieve that goal.

Checking emails at set times in the day

As a result, I don't spend all my time going down rabbit holes!

These are things that I do consistently and have helped me to keep on track with what I want to do in life.  Without them, I would spend more time faffing about and not getting anything done.


2.  Increase Efficiency.

Do you ever wish you could get more done and make the most of your time?  With a daily routine, you can.  

I spent so much time trying to find the ideal project management tool that would somehow miraculously transform me into an action ninja.  All to no avail.

I hate to break it to you, but no one tool has that power.  Sure, apps, to-do lists, project management systems can help, but to be effective, you need to use them consistently and, dare I say it, in a structured way.

But when you have a good daily routine, you become more efficient.  In fact, you'll find that you can achieve much more during your day.  You no longer waste time as you figure out what you need to do next.  The routine takes care of that for you.  Like a swan, you will effortlessly glide to the next task, even if you are paddling away like crazy below the surface.


A Good Routine Equation


good habits + efficiency + health + better sleep - willpower = less stress



3.  Improve your health. 

One of the most powerful reasons to create a daily routine is that it can help you improve your health.  

Whether you need to improve your physical or mental health, a good routine can prove invaluable.


Say, for example, you want to get fitter.  You could incorporate a daily walk into your routine – even if that means parking further away from the shops or your place of work.  As a dog owner, it is much easier to do a daily walk when I do it at the same time each day.  Otherwise, walks can be a little sporadic.  Leave it too late, and the walk definitely gets shorter!

When you take time each day to focus on your wellbeing, you will notice quicker results.

You will also be able to track improvements in your overall health and your moods.


4.  Sleep better.

Did you know when you have a routine, you sleep better?  

I'll be honest.  For years my sleep pattern was a disaster.  I regularly struggled with insomnia.  I would sabotage myself by working long hours so that the time I eventually got to bed would fluctuate dramatically.  I'd often work into the early hours of the morning to get work completed.  All in the hope that if I pushed myself hard, I would achieve more.  I was so wrong!

I often felt so tired the next day that I couldn't function.  Hello, mistakes and grumpiness.  Plus, a fast track to stress.

I've discovered that if you go to bed at the same time each night and awake at the same time each morning, you'll feel much more refreshed.  So I now have a routine where I go to bed at 10.30 and wake at 5.30 each morning.  As a result, I'm seeing massive benefits.

Not only do I sleep better, but I feel better, and it has improved every aspect of my life.  I'm no longer tired or grumpy, and I get more done.

Another tip is to turn off any technology an hour before going to bed.  You can learn more about the importance of sleep and how you can create the right environment for it in my article How To Get A Good Night's Sleep

1 in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.

source: NHS


5.  Decrease Reliance On Willpower

If you've been in my world for a short while, you'll know that I am a big fan of planning and goal setting.

But let's face it, it's not always easy to keep on track and get it done.

The beauty of a daily routine means your reliance on willpower or motivation becomes a thing of the past.  Especially if you struggle to get started on your projects.

To achieve your goals, you need willpower and motivation.  A daily routine can incorporate both.  

Exercise is an excellent example of this.  It quickly becomes an automatic habit when you add it into your daily routine.  Once it becomes a habit, you won't need to force yourself through willpower or motivate yourself with a reward.

One area I struggled with was keeping up to date with my finances.  Personally, looking at and updating spreadsheets bores me to tears.  I used to procrastinate badly and ended up having to put a big chunk of time to sort it out.  So stressful!

But each day, I set aside 30 minutes for admin and included in that is to check my finances.  So knowing I have those minutes each day (and only that time!) helps me get it done. 

I don't need to dig deep in an attempt to motivate myself; it's all taken care of.


6.  Reduce and Relieve Stress

I'm a great believer in making life as simple as possible so that we reduce the stress we are exposed to daily.

Throughout this article, you may have picked up the theme that a daily routine can help reduce stress.

Let's take each of the areas in turn:


Create good habits 

how many times have you allowed life to happen to you rather than take control of it?  Unfortunately, we fall into bad habits such as junk food and vegging out in front of the TV when this happens.  With a daily routine, you set out life as you want to live it and become intentional about what you do.  No more stress about terrible life decisions.


Increase efficiency 

when you can get more done in less time, we enjoy greater benefits and less stress.  A daily routine will provide greater focus and the ability to get things done quicker.


Improve health

Small daily habits that focus on your health and wellbeing have a greater impact than a stressful do it all in one go.  For example, how often have you set a big health goal like exercise to lose weight only to fall off the wagon?  If it's part of your daily routine, you will easily incorporate it into your day.


Better Sleep 

When you have a good night's rest, you can face whatever challenges life throws at you.  No more starting the day off on the wrong foot and stressed because you feel knackered and can't concentrate.


Decrease willpower 

A daily routine means that decision making is limited – great because constantly making decisions about what to do is exhausting and ultimately stressful.  In addition, you also get things done that you might be avoiding – goodbye to the stress associated with procrastination.


Also, when you have a daily routine, it's easier to incorporate those essential self-care practices that will reduce stress and make you feel good about yourself.  Self-care is not all about taking yourself off for a week-long stay at a spa but a daily practice that can improve your overall wellbeing.  For more information, read my article on why self-care makes you a better person.


Take Action

"The Secret to Achieve True Success is Found in Your Daily Routine"

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Hopefully, the reasons you should create a daily routine have convinced you to give it a go.

Get started with creating a daily routine today.

  • Think about what you want to achieve – what goals do you have?  What do you want your life to look like?  How can you be a better person?
  • What can you do daily to make your goal a reality?  Remember, small steps add up and are more sustainable than grand gestures that can zap your energy and motivation.
  • Establish a morning and evening routine to help you sleep better.  Give your body the time it needs to rest and recuperate.
  • Incorporate a self-care activity daily – you will find How to make self-care a reality helpful.

For more help on creating a daily routine, there is an excellent article on The Spruce that's worth a read How to Create a Daily Routine That Works For You


Finally


So, there you have it, 6 reasons why you should create a daily routine.  

Be aware that developing an effective routine can take time, so give yourself some grace.  Don't try to make too many changes at once.  Instead, pick one thing and focus on that until it becomes a habit, then move on to the next thing.  

Believe me, once you have a daily routine in place, you won't regret taking the time to create it.  To become successful, happy, and healthy, we all need structure and routine in our lives.

 

About the author Alison

A qualified UK based coach with 30 years of experience in personal development.

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