Planning

How to create a routine

It takes some effort to create a perfect routine, but trust me it’s totally worth it.

I know, it sounds a bit restrictive to plan your time down to the T. But let’s be real, it’s so easy to get distracted. This is especially true for the things that don’t necessarily have deadlines, like fitness, a creative project, or a life’s passion. There is no “pressure” because no one else is involved so no one gets upset should you decide to postpone making an effort.

Creating a routine helps to show you

  • how much time you actually have, and
  • even more importantly, that you do actually have time to pursue your interests.

It’s like making a budget , but only for your time. Smart.

If you’re a multi dimensional human being with many interests and roles to play, this is especially for you! Now lets start!

1.Make an epic list

Some questions to ask:

  • If there were no excuses, how would you spend your time?
  • What do you have to attend to this next couple of weeks?
  • What are your short term goals?
  • What have you been dying to work on?
  • Where do you want to go and with whom?
  • What is your ideal day like?

Write it down.

Just to name a few, my list included a fashion show, skincare, running and writing.

You could revisit the goals you set at the beginning of the year to find out what you still have to tick off.

Another idea is to use your midyear review. I shared how to go about it here.

2.Make it possible

So how are you going to transfer that list into daily,or weekly actions? What habits do you need to build?

Here you can get as creative or as minimal as you want!

3. Frame it

Use a calendar. Decide what day and at what time you are going to “build” each habit. Such as deciding to go to gym at 5pm Monday to Wednesday, or waking up at a specific time.

Create little appointments with yourself throughout the day and make them exciting by pursuing things you enjoy and that will take you to the next level of being you.

If you know you’ll struggle with holding yourself accountable then try involving other people who have similar goals to help you along the way. I’m so grateful for my running partner cos Lord knows I would be a potato by now if it wasn’t for her persistence and enthusiasm to run long distances!

Do not :

  • Include things you actually don’t care about but feel you should.
  • Over complicate your day

Do:

  • Gradually build habits that you know will require intense effort instead of all at once.
  • Be patient with yourself.
  • Enjoy yourself.

If you’ve read this far hopefully I have been making some kind of sense! If you have any tips/methods you use to make the best of your time feel free to share in the comments below.

Thank you for taking time to read!

xoxo

Phumi.

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