Building a Daily Routine

If you're trying to build good habits, a daily routine is very helpful. By setting up a list of triggers and responses that you do every day (read: habits), you've already begun constructing a routine. Fit them into the existing structure of your day, and BAM, you've got a routine. Let's walk through the process.

Say you start with the following habits:

  • Meditate for 5 minutes.
  • Quit drinking soda.
  • Couch to 5k.
  • Floss.
  • Turn all screens off by midnight.
  • Plan your schedule for the day.
"Plan your schedule for the day" obviously should be toward the beginning of the day. At the latest, you should do it after you're done with your static morning routine. "Turn all screens off by midnight" and "floss" are bedtime habits, so those go at the end of the day.

"Quit drinking soda" is about breaking a habit, not building one, so it's all-day everyday. We won't worry about it for planning the daily routine.

That leaves us with "meditate" and "C25K." There's a lot of flexibility with those. Really, though, you should meditate as soon as you wake up, as soon as you get home for the day, or both. C25K has to happen during daylight hours since it's outside. I get home at different times every day, so I meditate when I wake up. Then, let's say you do C25K in the evening so you don't have to wake up early.

You'll often be interrupted in the middle, so don't set times for the routine. That allows you to just pick up where you left off with no problem.

My daily schedule looks kind of similar, but I used the same process to figure out how to build it.
  1. Wake up by 9AM.
  2. Drink half a liter of water.
  3. Meditate for 5 minutes.
  4. Eat a light breakfast.
  5. Plan my schedule for the day.
  6. Write a blog post.
  7. Work out (I'm doing YAYOG. More on that later.)
  8. Drink a protein shake.
  9. Shower, shave, brush teeth.
  10. Start work for the day.
  11. Lunch.
  12. Work through the afternoon.
  13. Make and eat dinner.
  14. Perform various personal chores, like cleaning the room and doing paperwork.
  15. Turn screens off by 11PM.
  16. Floss, brush teeth.
  17. Read for a bit.
  18. Sleep.
It's a pretty rigid routine, but it works for me. The more I change it from day to day, the more I struggle to focus on the task at hand and the more time I waste figuring out when I need to do everything.

If you haven't written out at least a shell of a routine, I highly recommend it. At least try it. See if it works for you.

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I've been knocking out a lot of exercise recently. I feel the strongest I've ever felt in my life.