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Establishing a daily routine is a key factor in deciding the quality of your life. Time is a currency and we only have a limited amount of it. Therefore, how we spend it dictates whether we are fulfilled or not. By creating a daily routine, you waste less time on unnecessary activities and focus more on achieving the things you truly care about.

Here are some tips to guide you while you decide on a routine that works for you:

  • Get a Good Start

Eating a nourishing meal at breakfast equips you with the energy you need to get through your day. Simple meals like fruits or breakfast cereal take little time to prepare and still meet your nutritional needs. Whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast.

  • Set Daily Goals

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits mentioned in his daily schedule that he sets 3 Most Important Things for every day. This is a habit every entrepreneur should incorporate. Every day, you should focus on the most important tasks that will drive your business forward and dedicate that day towards achieving them. This helps you to manage your time wisely. You can also delegate mundane tasks to your staff and check in with them later on.

  • Put Analytical Tasks First

Many entrepreneurs have creative minds and tend to struggle with the administrative aspect of running a business. This is a challenge because many start-ups cannot afford to hire good talent. By putting analytical tasks first in your routine, you perform better because your mind is still fresh and your energy levels are high. Remember that it is not enough to just have an idea, you also have to focus on the things you must do for your idea to reach your target audience.

  • Understand Your Habits and Patterns

Evan Williams, founder of Blogger, Twitter and Medium takes the middle of the day off to visit the gym. According to him, he used to go to the gym first thing in the morning but discovered it was not his thing. Everybody has varying levels of productivity at different times of the day. Take time to study yourself and understand the patterns in your productivity, then organize your routine to work with it. If like Evan, you are more productive in the morning, get started with your daily tasks and take your breaks when your productivity level starts to wane. This way, you can return to the task at hand more rejuvenated.

  • Set Alarms

A lot of people would have slept through work or an important meeting if not for alarms. However, alarms are not only meant to wake you up, they can also remind you to do other things. Do you need to place an important call at a particular time? Set an alarm to remind yourself to follow up. Do you always stay up past your bedtime? Set an alarm to remind you to go to bed. Alarms are also useful for setting reminders for daily tasks.

  • Check-In At Day’s End

As a human, you cannot control everything that happens to you. Distractions and unexpected events may occur, that might shift your focus from accomplishing your tasks. By checking in with yourself at the end of each day, you can keep track of those occurrences. This way, you get another look at your goals; the ones you have achieved and the ones you are struggling with. It is important to be honest with yourself when checking in.

  • Disengage at Night

Most people start the day with little energy which gets a boost after morning exercise, breakfast or a cup of coffee. Our energy levels hits a high at some point during the day and it is important to switch off before going to bed to ensure a restful sleep. You can achieve this by incorporating activities that help you disengage from the day’s work into your routine. Activities like reading for pleasure, taking a walk, exercising, meditating, taking a bath or having dinner with your family are great for disengaging from work. Asides ensuring that you get enough sleep, it also renews your mind; allowing you to get fresh ideas when you resume work the following day.

  • Maintain a Daily Routine

Why is there a buzz about Fridays and the weekend? It may be the thought of sleeping in till whenever and doing absolutely nothing till half of the day is spent that gets people dancing. Coincidentally, the reason why we love Fridays and the weekend is why we hate Mondays. Just because there is freedom to relax your routines on weekends, it is usually hard to get back into another routine on Monday mornings. If you want to bid Moody Mondays goodbye, keep a fixed morning routine every day of the week.

  • Get a Head Start On Tomorrow, Today

After taking stock of today, you can take things a step further by getting a head start on tomorrow. Select an outfit to wear to work tomorrow or prepare tomorrow’s breakfast in advance. This way, you do not have to waste time thinking of what to wear or what to eat when you wake up the following day. You can also get a head start on the next day’s task by making a list of things you need to do when you wake up in the morning.

Establishing a routine requires discipline and flexibility but it is great for managing time effectively.

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