Between summer arriving and the world being...well crazy, having a routine has never been more important than right now. Many of us may not be hopping out of bed as early as we have before, or not leaving our beds at all… a girl can dream, right? LOL.
Today, I’m sharing ten reasons why a daily routine is so important. I’d like to sit here and tell you that I have great habits and that I follow a routine all the time but there are times when my good habits and routine suffer - I’m sure this is the case for many of us right now.
If you are someone who’s daily routine may be suffering or nonexistent – I promise that if there is a time to buckle down and prep yourself to get back into a routine, it’s now.
For myself, I know that I strive on routine and I know that routine works for me. With that being said, that what may work for me and my lifestyle may not work for everyone. An example being; I have an alarm set for every day of the week, including Saturday and Sundays… call me crazy but it just works for me.
Now. To get back into a routine... you’re probably thinking ok what first? I say grab a planner and a large cup of coffee – you're going to need it. Morning routine starts at night - if you want to get up one hour earlier, sleep an hour earlier. But in all seriousness. Here are some tips that have worked well for me:
I get up around the same time every day
I get into bed around the same time every day
I drink my coffee and eat my first meal around the same time every day
I work out around the same time every day
Ten reasons why a daily routine is so important:
Routine creates structure in our lives
Routine helps to ground us
Routine makes us more efficent
Routines jumpstart our days
Routine helps control stress levels which leads to improved mental health
Routine gives us time to relax
Routine reduces anxiety
Routine instills good habits
Routine breaks bad habits
Routine helps us become more proficient
To simplify, I have broken down my weekly routines so you can get an inside look at what I follow each week.
Weekday routine. Monday - Friday
Monday to Friday, I am in the office. I wake up at 7:15 am and begin my morning routine.
My morning routine includes:
Doing my hair
Doing my makeup
Brushing my teeth
Making my coffee and smoothie to go
Out the door by 7:50 am.
I work from 8:30 am to - 5:00/5:30 pm. Depending on traffic, by the time I get home, it is around 6:00/6:30 pm.
My evening routine includes:
Un-packing my lunch
Packing my lunch for the next day
Walking the dogs
Hanging out with family, my boyfriend or friends
Working out (see workout routine below)
During the week, I aim to be in bed by 10:00 pm and sleeping by 10:30/11:00 pm. I usually have no problem with this because I LOVE bed.
Weekend routine: Saturday & Sundays
I try my best to stick to a routine even during the weekends. I find this extremely difficult to do if I am out the night before or if I am away for the weekend. Again. Back to...a morning routine starts at night.
My weekend routine includes:
Wake up around 8:30ish
Eat something small
Make breakfast and coffee
Deep clean my room, windows, bathroom, and carpets
Shower & get ready for the day
I am usually done my morning routine by 11:30AM which gives me a full day to enjoy.
I aim to work out or get some form of exercise 6-7 days a week.
I love starting the week off with a good sweat! HIIT has always worked for me and I love it because it is a circuit that works your core, balance, strength, etc.
Tuesdays: Full-body with Weights
Usually, I will pull up a 45-minute full bodyweight training video on YouTube.
Mid-week, 30-min sweat!
Thursdays: Outdoor Walk
I love walking outside, especially in the summer during the evening. I will usually keep it simple and walk my dogs around the block.
Fridays: Online Barre
I have recently found a love for online barre classes. They are quick, hard, and work your whole body!
Saturday morning 30-min sweat is a great way to start the weekend!
Sundays: Free for all
On Sundays, I keep it simple with walks and strength (maybe some core)
And there you have it - six reasons I love routine and the routines that I follow throughout the week. Are you someone whos strives on routine?
Have a great week!
The Blonde Traveler