Last Updated on March 10, 2023 by Corynn
Schedules. Something we get tired of but also need in life. Have you ever tried having a chill day and feel like something is missing. That is your internal body feeling out of place. We all need routines! Coming up with a Daily schedule is a part of our life!
Children thrive under schedules. That’s why when you go into a classroom you’ll see the schedule posted on the wall in writing or with pictures. Including adults, we all need to know what is going on for the day.
Benefits of a Schedule:
What are the benefits of a schedule? Well simple! It helps our mental health. With a schedule you feel organized, your days are full-filled and you’re not anxious about what is going to happen next. Schedules and routines help you feel more in control of your day and that brings out the self-confidence in you!
Have you thought about wanting to corporate a daily routine in your life but don’t know how? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create a daily routine!
Step 1: List all the things you do during the day.
What do you do Monday to Friday? Do you have classes? Work? Do you work from home? Write down all the things you do during the day Monday to Friday. This also includes any extra-curricular or any volunteering work.
What about the weekends? Do you see family every weekend? Or do you work on the weekends instead of the weekdays?
Write every single thing you do from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep.
Step 2: Time Stamp
Beside each task/activity Time stamps them. What time do you wake up? What time do you eat breakfast? Your work schedule? The time for your extracurriculars.
This helps when it is time to create your own schedule
Step 3: Structure your Day
Let’s start with Monday to Friday.
Grab a piece of paper and write out the times by hour (7 am, 8 am, 9 am, etc.). Preferably start the time from the first hour you wake up. For example, if you wake up at 7:30, put 7 am as your first time slot.
Also, the last time slot should be the hour after you go to bed. Like I said above, if you get into bed at 10:45 put 11 pm.
After listing all the hours, set the times you wake up and go to bed. For me, I wake up at 8:15 am and go to bed around 11 pm. List the times you go to class, work, and any other things you do during the week.
After that block off time that you eat your meals. If you wake up at 7 am, breakfast can be at 8 am. Here is an example of your day being filled up. Highlighters are optional to use.
This will help you see how your day goes. Where you have a large amount of time or when you are the busiest. After feeling out one for the week, now do one for the weekends. If you work Saturdays but not Sundays, then write out two different time blocks for those two days.
Step 4: Pick a Planner/Calendar
This is the fun part. Now you get to place your time blocks into a planner or even a calendar. You can choose anyone that helps you. Do you like to see it on paper? Then I highly suggest getting those planners that are daily not weekly. Down below I listed some daily planners that you can get your hands on!
Or do you prefer it digital? Where can you access it anywhere? I suggest using Google Calendar or if you have an iPhone you can use the calendar there. With a digital calendar, you can schedule your day while setting reminders on what is coming next.
You can even color-code each event or thing you are doing. For instance, blue can be work, a morning routine can be yellow, and your bedtime routine can be green. The trick is to resonate a color to the task you are doing. When you think of your morning routine, what is the first color that comes to your head?
Here are some things to follow!
1. Remember to not overfill your day
This can lead to burnout. While you plan your daily schedule, remember to not overfill your day with a bunch of tasks. Have a balance of some tasks while blocking out time to unwind from your day.
2. You can always change your Schedule
Just because you chose this schedule doesn’t mean you have to stick to it! You can change it how you please. Finding that you’re going to bed too early? Then change your schedule. You’ll be surprised how quickly your body will adjust to the changes.
3. Start your day and end your day off right!
This could be coming up with a mantra, stretching, drinking water, listening to a podcast, or even reading a book. You can do this in the morning, and at night.
4. Schedule in Time for Flexibility
Our day may not always go as planned, but that’s okay! We need to realize that everything happens for a reason and sometimes we just need to go with the flow. So try to schedule some flexibility in your schedule.
For instance, what if on Thursday, you go to hot yoga but then it’s canceled. Are we going to stay upset? No! There is a reason why it was canceled and you can always go home, put on a face mask, pour yourself a glass of wine (if you drink that), and watch your favorite show.
Everybody has a daily schedule, even if they don’t realize it. Having a daily schedule helps you to stay organized, focused, and develop self-discipline.
Comment down below how daily routines have helped your life!