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Have you set up a daily routine that will guarantee you daily success? John C. Maxwell, made this statement about the importance of having a daily routine and being aware of the little things that you do during that routine. He said,
“If I could come to your house and spend just one day with you, I would be able to tell whether or not you will be successful. You could pick the day. If I got up with you in the morning and went through the day with you, watching you for 24 hours, I could tell in what direction your life is headed…”
“Here is why: I believe that the secret of your success is determined by your Daily Routine.”
My life changed after reading his statement, “the secret to your success lies in your daily routine”; and prodded me to make some simple changes in my daily agenda. For starters, I created a routine.
I’ve had to educate myself on what habits would make the greatest impact. I’ve educated myself on how to handle the stress that naturally comes from change. And I’ve had to educate myself on keeping my focus, and not allowing daily distractions to pull me off course.
What should be a good daily routine?
After doing a little research, I found the routines of 3 amazing entrepreneurs.
Benjamin set for himself a daily routine that he followed strictly. It included time for sleeping, meals, and working all set at specific times of the day.
2. Jack Dorsey
Jacks trick is to theme his days. Basically each day of the week is dedicated to a certain area of his businesses. He feels that giving each day a theme helps him stay focused.
His work week looks like this:
- Monday: Management and running the company
- Tuesday: Product
- Wednesday: Marketing and communications, growth
- Thursday: Developers and partnerships
- Friday: Company culture and recruiting
3. Leo Babauta
He says, “Start your day by planning what you need to get done.”
The reason I like having a morning routine is that not only does it instill a sense of purpose, peace and ritual to my day, but it ensures that I’m getting certain things done every morning … namely, my goals.
His morning routine…..
- Wake at 4:30 a.m.
- Drink water.
- Set 3 Most Important Things (MITs) for today.
- Fix lunches for kids and myself.
- Eat breakfast, read.
- Exercise (run, bike, swim, strength, or yardwork) or meditate.
- Wake wife & kids at 6:30 a.m.
Having a morning routine has help many people to be proactive with their time which has elevated their level of success.
How can I write a daily routine?
Write a routine that Makes Yourself a Priority
Write the top priorities that you have for the day. Focus on yourself first; those things that you need to create great health and vitality.
I write on a worksheet designed to make sure that my mental thoughts are right in line with what I want to accomplish for that day. It was created to partner right along with my, “Make YourSelf a Priority” daily routine. The worksheet allows me to journal each day for clarity on my real emotions and attitudes.
A routine that is Intentional and Strategic,
To make progress you must be intentional, strategic, and have a plan for personal growth. Personal growth is not a list of goals and achievements that pertain to your business or work. It is not a list of your service opportunities. It is the time you invest in you to grow personally as a human being. Personal growth is about leaning new things that expand your interests and knowledge.
Why has Nothing Changed?
Ever wonder why you keep repeating yourself. Why nothing has changed from year to year. Well without a plan, nothing will change. I started years ago listening to tapes and Cd’s that motivated me to change a habit or attitude that was holding me back.
I started a list of four areas that I would focus on to improve myself everyday. These four are…
- Plan to create meaning – this started with my study of the scriptures, prayer, seeking inspiration, writing in a gratitude journal, and dong some act of kindness or service everyday.
- Design a strategy to focus on one motivational need each day.
- Build Quality thoughts that would energy my production. I create specific word reminders that replace any doubt or worry. I review my list of dreams and goals, I listen to positive messages.
- Create physical health by exercising every day. I work toward the goal of eating to live, rather than living to eat. I pay attention to getting enough sleep, and I play something that is fun and creates a moment of leisure in my day.
Jim Rohn said, “Success is something you attract by the person you become.” He also said, “If you want to do more, you must become more.”
Some of the most successful people in the world have taken the time to write their dreams and then continually look at them daily. People like Alexander Gram Bell, Thomas Edison, Theorador Roosevelt, they all had the habit of writing their dreams and then looking at them continually.
What is a healthy daily routine?
I keep two logs, not to simply record appointments and dates, but to record information that I can look back on later to see my progress. I have journal for business and expenses, and another journal for my personal growth and health.
Daily routine for Good Health and more Energy.
I start every morning with
- a glass of fresh squeezed lemon water to help clean out the liver and wake up my system.
- Prayer and time in my scriptures (Many times this is done by audio as I am taking children to school and other stops.)
- I exercise every morning with 20+ minutes of cardio and then a focus of weight training suitable to an area of my body.
Once I have gotten ready for the morning, I give myself time to sit down with my journal/planner.
Healthy routine for the mind
I wear many hats throughout the day. Often I am juggling family, my business, and other leadership responsibilities. I can easily go on overload.
In the past my family has often gotten the short end of the stick, because I unable to let-go of the emotional baggage that was created throughout the day from dealing with so many other individuals, and their emotions.
The personal needs that help each of us to function smoothly each day, are quickly forgotten because of the daily demands and hustle.
For this reason, a plan, and a daily routine is vital to maintaining ones own personal mental, and physical health.
My Healthy planner
I am enjoying planning and tracking, not only my exercise and eating habit for the day, but also my attitudes and thoughts.
Each day as I follow my “Make Yourself a Priority” routine, I slip all my Cre8 Reminders© worksheets and creative journaling pages, right into my planner.
More opportunities are missed because of having a defeatest attitude. So, staying on top of your emotional state is as important as keeping track of your cardio workout.
My Choice of Binder
My planners have always been 3-ring binders, but recently I have started using the Bound Disk method. I LOVE the ease of taking the papers in and out, the ability to fold it back like a spiral notebook, and the books ability to lay flat on the table.
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Mini 3 Ring Binder
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Taking the time to be creative is not a luxury, it is an important element for creating a healthy life. Tasks that usually seem boring, can actually be relaxing and enjoyable, when you are creative and have a little fun with the process,.
Tracking your process is an important element to goal achievement. There are many stickers out in the market to pick from. To track my health I use the Healthy hero by the happy planner girl. These fun stickers help you track your progress by adding variety, color and an easy system for recording keeping. Rather than staring at a plain black and white page, filled with pen scribbles, you have a wide open door to being creative, without the mess of paint.
Here is a sample of my day’s recording. I had a tight schedule in the morning running kids and making appointments, so instead of stressing out over exercise, I decided to make the day a “cheat day”.
Goals simply stay a wish until a plan of action has been established. I am serious about my health this year and plan on making it a priority.
Have you established a wellness plan for this year? And how do you keep record of your progress? Send me a comment of what your experiences has been.