• Misled Millennial

4 Ways to Create a Life Changing Daily Routine

Updated: May 21, 2019

Ahh routines. The thought of them both inspire me and cause me to shudder! I’m one of those people who has the best intentions. I want to achieve world domination whilst mastering inner peace, however, I am an expert procrastinator with a Netflix problem. Sound familiar?

Since talking about feeling overwhelmed and being more productive this month, it really got me thinking, that all we really need is an easy, helpful daily routine.

Now, I don’t mean some strict schedule that expects you to run a business, gym 6 times a week and learn Spanish. I mean a routine that works for you, whatever that means.

Routines are not a one size fits all deal. We all are so beautifully unique and our routines should reflect that. Routines should also be 3 things – Helpful, Enjoyable and Sustainable.

The best routines, and ones that we actually stick to, are ones that integrate into our lives with ease. By doing so, they improve our life, time management, productivity and our wellbeing.

Sounds impossible to make, right?

Nuh-uh! It’s actually super easy. I’m going to show you how.

Sound good? Let’s get started…

4 Ways to Create a Life Changing Daily Routine!

1) Make it fun – Life is for living. Just because you are trying to achieve certain goals, doesn’t mean you should miss out on the wonder of life. It’s important your routine allows for plenty of time to enjoy yourself.

- Reward yourself – Because why the hell not? Plan rewards for yourself for when you complete a full day’s work, hit a certain milestone, or do one of your crappy tasks you’ve been putting off. These rewards are just for you and could be anything you like. A coffee date, trip to the movies, an hour off to watch something, or a walk outside.

- Create an awesome life – You have now taken the oh so brilliant step of improving your life by creating a routine. The beauty of that is, you can create the life you want. So, do so. Plan something exciting into each day. Put life’s little pleasures into each day. Like a hot cup of tea, fresh air, a good book, a good giggle with friends. Make sure your routine gives you a life you don’t want to escape from.

- Do your most inspiring task first – We all have tasks we love and tasks we don’t. Make your absolute favourite task the one you do first. It will give you that excited buzz and motivation for the rest of the tasks you had planned. You will also smash your first job and have the confidence to work harder after that.

2) Make it helpful – Your routine is purely to benefit you, so make sure it does just that. This point is all about finding your ‘why’. Why are you putting together a routine? What are you trying to achieve? What do you want more of in your life? These points can help you figure that out if you’re stuck…

- Include your needs – A helpful routine includes your to-do lists. Make a list of what you NEED to get done. These are things like your job, self-care, getting the right amount of sleep, any events you have agreed to, or life-admin tasks that are important.

- Now list your wants – Next, list everything you WANT to achieve. These are things that aren’t necessary for you to have a functional life, but they are things that will improve your life, and that you want to include. A routine shouldn’t suck the soul out of you, so include things like socialising, working out, night’s in, dinner dates, etc. Once you have a list of these two things, you can add your NEEDS first, and fill your blank spots with your WANTS.

- Make it flexible – A rigid routine won’t help anyone. You’re probably not in the army, so a routine that’s too strict will just make you miserable. Life just happens sometimes, and that’s absolutely okay. Never feel guilty for living. Your routine is there as a guide to help you. If it’s hard to follow some days, don’t worry.

3) Make it easy – If we are honest with ourselves, what is actually #goals is just having a happy, peaceful life, with as little stress as possible. I mean, that sounds like heaven right? And do you want to know the best bit about that? You can make that happen! This is how to do it…

- Sustainability – Think about your current commitments, stresses and day-to-day life, and think about what is actually achievable. There is no point giving yourself 8 hours of things to achieve, if you only have 3 hours to spare. Don’t pressure yourself. This routine is meant to ease your stress, not add to it. Use your routine to set personal boundaries and create the daily life you want.

- Simplify your life – If creating a routine will highlight anything to you, it’s that you’re doing too much. The great thing about writing down everything you want to achieve, is you can actually see what you’re expecting of yourself. If it looks too much on paper, it’s too much in real life. Simplify your life by automating what you can, outsourcing what you don’t enjoy, learning to say no to what doesn’t support the life you want, and setting personal boundaries.

- Include healthy habits – Now, I don’t mean a daily 12k run, and drinking matcha lattes whilst in a headstand. Unless that’s what you want? I mean, you should include things that will improve your life each day. It could be dedicated time to working on a side business, writing for 30 minutes each day on that book you’ve always wanted to publish, having 10 minutes a day you learn a new word, or reading a book on your list. You should be pouring energy into making your life the best it can be each and every day. Taking little steps each day, will give you the life you want.

‘The difference a tiny improvement can make over time is astounding. Here’s how the math works out: if you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you end up 37 times better by the time you’re done.’ – James Clear, Atomic Habits

4) Hacks – Who doesn’t love a hack to make things easier? There are little hacks you can use to make your routine even better and easier to stick to. Check these out…

- Have a ‘happiness list’ – This is a list of things that makes you happy. These can be things you’ve already done, or things you want to do. Have free time included in your schedule and write yourself a nice note to go and choose something from your happiness list. Your happiness list could include a bunch of flowers, visiting a museum, going to the library, visiting your grandma, getting a facial, a pub quiz or a bacon sandwich. Anything works.

- Find your people – Surround yourself with people who have similar goals to you. People that are also interested in designing a life they love. You will all encourage and inspire one another to be the best versions of yourselves..

- Document it – Document the progress you’re making, the awesome plans you carried out, the way you have rewarded yourself, how much better you feel. Have this evidence as proof your routine is working. So, when you have a bad day, you can pick yourself back up and motivate yourself to keep going. The right daily routine will completely improve your life.

If you take anything from this post, it’s that life is for living and happiness is key. I hope this post has shown you how designing the life you love, and changing your life, is much easier than you think. You deserve to be happy. Always. Make your routine your beautiful life.

As always, tight squeezes! X

‘Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.’ – Nathan W. Morris
Question of the week: What’s something you’re going to put on your happiness list?

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