Writer: Nicolas Dominique
Editor: Evelyn Tobing
Daily routines should be the bedrock of sustainable growth and for meeting goals. Having a daily routine is what many of those deemed “successful” in their industries, workplaces, or social circle. Daily routines lead to weekly milestones, monthly successes, and yearly accomplishments.
Why Should You Have Daily Routines?
Simply put they help you strategize and plan your days. You’ll be able to get things done which will help you move forward in whatever is on your plate. Whether that is setting aside an hour a day for reading, studying, working on your business, researching an investment opportunity, and so on.
These are the times when being meticulous and planning for things will be a huge advantage. An article on SkilledatLife explains 18 reasons why daily routines are game-changers. The two that resonate the most with me are points number 4 and 5.
1. Number 4 is about saving time which is our most valuable resource. The author states that “Time is the most precious asset at our disposal because once lost, it is non-retrievable. By following a routine, we could diminish the time we use for planning, decision-making, and preparation. Our routine has predetermined our schedule, allowing us to use our time efficiently.”
2. Number 5 is to encourage developing good habits through repetition. When we have a personal routine that works well, it facilitates developing good habits by encouraging us to repeat the same tasks over and over again to receive good results. This will in turn lead us to reach our goals and aspirations.
The Negative of Having a Daily Routine You Should Look Out For
Despite the numerous benefits routines provide there are some things you should account for and be able to use discretion in. Being too rigid in your schedule would allow you to miss out on opportunities that may pop up in your life to capitalize on.
In addition to that, it could lead you to be more unproductive than if you kept your schedule clear. There are numerous cons such as decreased creativity, boredom, higher potential of missed opportunities, and even added stress to an individual.
An article on Beyond The Font Cover lists notable cons that could come from having a rigid daily routine that does not adapt to short-term items. Not having a “perfect day” or having a change once in a while is not the end of the world.
A key insight from the author was, “Finding a balance between the two will hopefully give a sense of structure without leading to feeling stressed or overwhelmed.”
Develop a Routine that Accentuates Your Life with Some Room
It’s vital to have a routine, but even better is to have a routine that you can stick to and that can adapt to meet current needs. Plan for the one-hour piano practice, but if an opportunity comes to go to a conference that will help in your professional development you should go. You must not be afraid or hesitant to change but work with it.
By working with it, the author means that you should work on your flexibility in case there will be a change. You must have plans (Plan A, Plan B, Plan C), but if it does not work out you still can go with Plan D so forth, and so on. You must be disciplined and persistent about your new routine since building the life that you want to achieve and the lifestyle you want to have needs consistency and energy.