Keeping a productive daily routine has become more important than ever before. With millions of people now working from home due to COVID-19, this means a lot of people are working without a supervisor or boss hovering over them in the office. And while not having a boss on your shoulder while you’re working is probably great in a lot of ways, it also means you must be self-disciplined to ensure you get your work-related duties completed on time.
One of the best ways to make sure you get everything done is to sharpen your ability to keep a productive daily routine. From the time you wake up until you go to bed, it’s good to have some type of routine. You don’t have to keep the same routine every day, but you should at least follow some type for each day of the week. Here’s a quick look at the top five tips for keeping a productive daily routine.
1. It Starts With Getting Enough Sleep
Around 40% of people in America don’t get enough sleep. That means nearly half of us are walking around with minds that aren’t thinking to their best ability. Not getting enough sleep is the number one way to ruin a productive daily routine. Think about it. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body and mind are both tired. This makes it exceptionally difficult to get things done and even harder to make efficient use of time. To ensure you get enough sleep each night, make sure to squeeze in at least six hours. Getting closer to eight hours of sleep each night is even better, but six is the minimum. Do keep in mind that there is such a thing as getting too much sleep, so try to stick to the six-hour minimum and eight-hour maximum.
2. Find Your Wake Up Time
Not everyone feels the same when they wake up. Some people are up bright and early at 5 am with bells and whistles on. For others, a 5 am wake up is like waking up from a coma. To keep a good daily routine, you need to find your wake up time. You need to find the time of morning your body is in tune to wake up feeling refreshed and revived. Just remember, you don’t have to wake up in the morning to have a good wake up routine. Even if you sleep from 4 am until noon, your wake up routine will still impact the rest of your day. According to Sleep.org, consistency is the key. Pick a bedtime and a wake-up time—and stick to them as much as possible. Your body actually knows what it should be doing and when. Don’t force yourself to be an early riser even if you’re a night owl.
3. Remind Yourself of Your Goals
Another way to keep a productive daily routine is to remind yourself of your goals. The author of 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management, Kevin Kruse, says he keeps a productive daily routine by starting out each day with five minutes of yoga stretching. And during those five minutes, he mentally recites his personal mission statement as well as lists three different things he is grateful for. And toward the end of the five minutes, he reminds himself of his three goal areas, which are love, health, and wealth. When you wake up every morning and remind yourself of your goals, you start each day with your mind focused on what truly matters in your life.
4. Take Breaks
It might seem counteractive to keeping a productive routine but taking breaks can actually improve productivity levels. Taking breaks can increase alertness, improve performance levels, and even help you be in a better mood. This means that including short breaks into your daily routine is an excellent way to make it all the more productive. You’ll feel rested and ready to tackle all that comes along throughout your day.
5. Read Through Your Daily Routine at Least Once a Day
Lastly, to keep a productive daily routine, you should have a clear description in your head at all times of what your routine consists of. To create this mental image, you can read over your daily routine once a day. That means part of your daily routine should consist of reading through the routine itself. After a few days of doing this, you’ll have a mental image you can return to any time you need to refer to what’s next on the agenda for your day.