Having a daily routine is often critical for success. A daily routine teaches us discipline and reminds us of the important things on a consistent basis. I’m sure that you have heard of or seen the different daily routines of highly successful people. Some have morning routines. Others incorporate exercise or meditation. This infographic shows the daily routines of some pretty successful people throughout history. But the one thing I love showcased here is that no two persons routine is a like.
We often go wrong when we try to mimic other’s routines. Yes, you can get ideas and insights into what things worked for that person, but the key is to not just straight copy and paste. Note those things that interest you and try to incorporate them into a routine that works for YOU.
Many think that daily routines are done in a certain amount of time during a certain time of the day. While this may work for some, it may not work for others. It’s called a daily routine, not a ‘you have to do this at this certain time’ routine. Granted, some activities work best at certain times, but we know that life can get hectic and things can get disheveled. So in the beginning, just try to do things consistently, daily. And as you become consistent, then you can progress to getting a time schedule to completing them.
Below is my daily routine that I have been doing for a while that has yielded great success. It gets my day started on the right track and I get more done. It also allows me to focus on the things that are most important to me.
If you’re having trouble creating a daily routine, don’t fret. I’ve created a worksheet to help you craft a daily routine that’s true to you and will guide you towards success.
My Daily Routine for Success
But first, What’s important to me?
Before crafting a daily routine, you have to first decide what’s most important to you. For me, it is my Faith, family, friends, job, business, and peace. By getting clear about these things, my daily routine focuses on activities that feeds each and every one of these areas.
Every morning, and before I go to bed, my mom and I have devotion time. It is a way for us to not only connect with God but also each other. I believe that having a partner on your Christian journey is so important. Especially if it is someone whom you know will not judge you and truly has your best interest at heart.
So every morning we come to our breakfast table and read a devotion followed by prayer. We just finished The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren which I absolutely loved! And currently we’re reading one by T.D. Jakes. Not quite sure how I feel about it yet, but I will definitely let you all know once we finish it.
At night, right before bed, we spend an hour in study followed again by prayer. We pick a topic of interest and then study it exhaustively. It usually takes a few months to finish a topic since we really want to get all that we can out of it. Our current topic is Faith. If you’re interested in a similar study plan I suggest using the Inductive Bible Study Method while using a good concordance. We use this one.
Keeping in Touch
I try to keep in touch with those that are most important to me. I do this either on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. My true inner circle (family and close friends) I contact daily. It is usually a call in the evening or texts throughout the day.
For those on the ‘cusp’ of my inner circle, I have a reminder on my phone to send a text to them around 10 am every Wednesday. And if I have not seen or physically talked to that person in over a month I will give them a call. This group usually includes close associates and mentors.
For my monthly contacts, I have a reminder set in my phone to reach out to them the last Wednesday of each month. These contacts usually involve business associates, research associates, or those who I have networked with at various meetings and conferences.
Never forget the power of staying connected with people.
Checking Email Only Twice a Day (does not include work emails)
In order to have a peace of mind and stay focused, I only check my personal and business email twice a day. Unfortunately, it is impossible to do this with my work email as I have to be on call with the nature of my current position.
I give myself 2 hours to check my personal and business email so that I can respond to those emails that deserve a response, catch up with friends and colleagues, and look at any interesting articles that may have landed in my inbox. Constantly checking my email has proven to be a disaster for me. I get off track, lose focus, and get easily irritated. This is why I don’t check my email before 9am. I need time to settle down and get adjusted before I deal with the foolishness, if any.
Check Calendar Overview
Before I check my email I look at my calendar overview. My last post I discussed how having one calendar with all my calendars synced to it helps me to remain organized. You can read about it here. Looking at an overview of my day lets me know what I need to be prepared for, a general forecast and mood that the day may take, and if I need to say an extra prayer for patience, peace, and understanding. I like to know what I'm getting into for the day so I can get my mind right.
To Do List
After looking over my calendar, I make a To Do List based on the things and goals that I want and need to get done. I give one major To Do item to a sector of my life that I want to get done that day and then work from there. For example, my goals for the day may be to analyze data for a major report that is due for work, complete all my blog posts and graphics for the week for QUEEN me., and review medical school sites that I have accepted interviews to or have received secondary applications from. I do not go to sleep before these things are done. This is why my To Do Lists are never lengthy. One mistake that people make is making this exhaustive to do list and then feeling guilty or bad about themselves when they don't finish it. Take things bit by bit and you will notice that you will actually get more things done when you simply focus on one task at a time. You can't eat an elephant whole.
Successful people read. Daily. It keeps you sharp. Being a successful person is a lifelong journey and you must constantly learn. This is done through experiences and reading. I try to read a minimum of 10 minutes a day. Either on the bus ride home if I don’t drive to work or before I go to bed after devotion. I like to switch it up between fiction and nonfiction books (I’m a sucker for a good young adult novel series). I’ve recently finished Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes which was gifted to me for my 30th birthday from my best friend. At first I was reluctant to read it, but it was a really great book! Next up is The Witch of Agnesi by Robert Spiller followed by a re-read of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I prefer to read books on my Kindle or phone but if I really like a book I purchase a hard copy so that I can re-read it and make notes if necessary.
I hope looking at my daily routine for success activities has given you some inspiration to create your own. And I haven’t forgotten, you can download your FREE Daily Routine Creation Worksheet here if you haven't done so already.
Now I want to hear from you. Do you have a daily routine? What are some of the activities that you do? And I’m always looking for new books to read? What are some of your favorites. Let me know in the comments section or in our Success Community!
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