Being a planner by nature, routines helped me plan for my growing family.
They helped me when we had sleep overs and I had more mouths to feed or more people in my family than normal.
They helped me during the lockdown and made sure everyone had breathing space even if we were all unusually cooped up in the house for weeks.
Evidence has shown that routines:
- Reduce your stress levels as you feel more in charge of things
- Help you get more things done as you know what needs to be done and actually get it done
- Help you get the really important things done. If for example your routine has you wiping the table everyday and on the grand scale of things wiping the stools is more important than wiping the table, a routine helps you see (after days of nor wiping the stools) that the really important tasks aren’t getting done and they help you switch
- Help you measure if you are really making progress.
- Help you stay disciplined. It takes discipline to do something consistently, day after day, week after week. Sticking to routines consistently make you a more disciplined person.
- Help you feel like an achiever. Because you are! When you tick off the activities in your planner each day, a sense of achievement comes upon you.
A couple of routines have helped me as a mum. I will share them in the next posts.
What are some routines you have as a person? Write them down. Make sure you have your routines. Children or not, you should have some routines established. You should be able to give me a fair idea of what you will be doing at certain times on certain days of the week.
Tap into the huge benefits of building routines today. You can pick out a certain aspect of your life and decide what routines you want to build. When you find the things you want to be doing every day, keep at them consistently.
The big things that come our way are the fruit of seeds planted in the daily routine of our work. – William Feather