Routines can either be life-giving or stressful, depending on your personality. As an INFP (the introvert part is debatable), routines make me cringe. I don't like feeling like I'm stuck in someone else's box, even if I'm the one trying to create the routine. I thrive on schedules BUT they have to have flexibility. Does that sound like an oxymoron?
Fluid schedules, like my 8 things to do before 8 AM, that can be completed in my time frame work best for me. I am not one who can schedule every day by the hour unless we're at Walt Disney World on vacation. Haha!
Here are seven questions to ask yourself when life feels overwhelming and you need some kind of structure in your life. Remember, it doesn't have to be rigid.
7 Questions That Will Help You Create a Routine that Works
1. What does your ideal day look like? Grab a paper and pencil, and close your eyes. Think about your perfect day. What does that look like? Don't worry about how you're going to make it all happen. Just dream. When you open your eyes, jot down everything. What did you do after you woke up? How did you feel? What did your work day look like? What did you do differently on your dream ideal day that doesn't typically happen on other days? Write down every detail of your perfect day and how it made you feel.
2. What causes you the most stress during your day? Is it your job? Are you staying up too late and oversleeping? Do you struggle planning your meals? What happens during the day that causes you the most stress?
3. What is draining the productivity from your day? Are you spending too much time on social media? Are you doing “good things” that aren't helping you achieve your goals? What is sucking the life out of your day?
4. Is there anything that would help you perform at a greater capacity in your life? What gives you life? What makes you feel energized and more alive? Make a list. Can you add that to your daily life?
5. What can be automated or delegated without diminishing the return? Is there wiggle room in the budget to hire a maid? What about the meal plan services? Can you hire an assistant? What about using Stitch Fix to find clothing for you and create a capsule wardrobe so you have one less decision to make?
6. What helps you to reduce uncertainty in your day? Uncertainty can lead to unneeded stress. Is there anything you can do to reduce uncertainty in your daily life? Do you have a plan for when uncertainty arises?
7. Is there anything that people I admire are doing well that I can replicate to help me create a routine that works? While “Comparison is the thief of all joy,” it's okay to look at the systems people you admire have created for themselves and see how you can adapt it to your own life.
Tools You Will Need to Help You Create Your Routine
1. Calendar. I love the Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner and her Lifeplanner. Need a coupon code? Click here, create an account and you will receive an email with a unique $10 coupon code for your first purchase!
2. Organized Life Planner. I also LOVE this planner from my friend, Kayse. She has so many add-ons! Plus her Simple Start Journal looks amazing! In Kayse's shop, you’ll find resources created to help you set priorities, simplify your days, and start making time for the things that matter the most!
3. Powersheets® from Lara Casey. Have you heard of Powersheets®? Powersheets® will revolutionize your goal setting. I'm not even kidding. They are LIFE-CHANGING! PowerSheets® help you uncover purpose-filled goals and plan action steps to make what matters happen. Perfect for anyone—moms, students, creatives, entrepreneurs—who needs a grace-filled system that works! They are THAT good.
I hope you have found these resources and questions to ask helpful as you seek to create a routine that works.
What resources have you found useful in creating routines and reaching your goals?