As a woman who is always on the move with building a brand and business while still maintaining a full-time job, life can get hectic. If you add friends, relationship, and events into the mix, then that really makes things complicated. Lately, I have been trying to figure out a way to make my life a whole lot easier by incorporating time management in a different way. I have watched endless videos on Youtube about developing morning, nighttime, and weekend routines. Now, I am ready to start my own. Here are 5 key things to building a successful routine that allows you to be productive and still have a fulfilling life.
1. The Early Bird Catches the Worm
No matter how much I dread it, getting up early is a vital practice of successful people. Successful people live life on purpose, which means they glory in the day at present and look forward to the days ahead. After observing the people around me that are indeed successful, I have managed to see that this is one thing they all have in common. Now, I am aiming to join the “4:00 a.m. Club” as my friend Kira calls it to begin my success routine. I understand that this is the time that I need to get up in the morning in order for me to complete all of the tasks I want to accomplish in my day, which leads me to the next key.
2. Early to Bed, Early to Rise
In order for me to accomplish getting up on time, I have to first master going to bed on time, which is where most of my issue lies. I have always been a night owl. Burning the midnight oil at one point had become my favorite past time. Now that I am in my 30’s, I’ve noticed a shift in how my body functions. Instead of being more productive at night, I am less productive. Around 8:30 p.m. my body starts to shift into lazy mode and my mind does not function at optimal capacity for productiveness during the week. The weekends I can squeeze in productiveness until about 10:30 p.m. As our bodies change, we must adjust and so I plan to do just that.
3. Plan It Out
There is just something magical about writing down what it is you have to do. All of us have tried to the “I made a mental note system”, but I can bet you any amount of money that once we actually utilized our planners or phones to alert and remind us, we actually remembered and accomplished most if not everything in comparison to the mental note method. In my last blogging session with my blogging buddy Jasmine, we had this very discussion and she said, “Marliceia, you need to write out your morning and night routine”. She proceeded to grab and pen and paper and question me about what I wanted my routines to look like. We didn’t finish, but it gave me great perspective. Now I have been working to develop what my morning routine will look like. Here is an example:
4:00 am – Wake up, meditate, pray, and plan
5:00 am – Hit the Gym
6:00 am – Get Ready for Work/Feed and Take my Dog Out/Pack My
7:30 am – Head to Work
8:00 am – Begin Work
5:30 pm – End Work
6:00 pm – Have some downtime
6:30 pm – Prepare dinner
7:30 pm – Eat and Watch TV
8:30 pm – Lay out clothes/Pre-pack lunch/ Make tea and read/
9:30 pm – Sleep
This is just an example. Ideally, I would have meal prepped on Sunday, so instead of cooking, I would use that time to write a blog, prepare an email campaign, create a business advertisement or something of that nature. I just wanted to give you all an idea of a well planned day.
4. Prep for Success
Now that you have determined what you want your success routine to look like, it is time to prep. What are the things you need to do in order to get this plan in motion? Maybe you need to get your entire family on a schedule in order to make this happen. As for me, I have determined that I need to get my gym clothes and work clothes ready at night before bed. I also need to pre-prep as much of my lunch and even breakfast for the next day as I can. This will save me anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes of time in the morning, which is major. To take it a step further, I really need to plan my wardrobe for the entire work week on Sundays when I meal prep, that will cut out that step altogether. Make a list of the things that can help you maximize your time. This will aid in the success of your routine development.
5. Implement and Eliminate
Here we are. It is time to implement your plan. Be sure you have written out your morning and night routine and post it on your wall and in your planner to keep you reminded. Once you practice your schedule over and over again it will become second nature.
Here is the hard part, eliminate the distractions. Understand that there will always be distractions, ALWAYS. You just need to determine what sacrifices you are willing to make and where you can make those sacrifices without throwing your routine out of whack. This will be one if not the most important thing you gain control of. Don’t allow other people to plan your time by imposing their projects, events, and expectations on you. We must learn to be firm in saying NO. You won’t always want to, but trust me lovies, you will need to sometimes and it is okay.
Remember, when you first start, this will not be perfect but don’t beat yourself up about it and whatever you do, DO NOT GIVE UP. If at first, you don’t succeed, IMMEDIATELY dust yourself off and start again. Don’t allow procrastination to creep in an deter you. Procrastination is the sister to distraction and those terrible two are not what you want to take root in your life. Just pick up where you left off and immediately start back on your plan. You’ve got this!
Now, let’s recap. We are going to wake up early because it will be easy since we are going to bed early. Then we are going to plan and prep for our week by developing our morning and night routines and posting them in plain view spaces to keep us reminded. Lastly, let’s be productive by eliminating distractions and stomping out procrastination.
Until next time lovies…best wishes on your developing your success routine.