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Could Your Workday Routine Use a Makeover?

Humans are Built for Routines

Starting from infanthood, humans naturally feel comfortable with having a daily routine. We like to eat at similar times, sleep at particular times, and work at certain times. When we have a routine starting from birth, we feel comforted and less anxious. This works for us our entire lives.

You Can Predict Your Day

When you have a daily routine, you can essentially plan your day in a way that makes sense to you, your family or your business. A schedule allows you to organize tasks in a way that optimizes your productivity and works for you, not against you.

It also allows you to set boundaries around your work time (and home time). When you have a schedule, you can also predict your income and expenses better. It makes everything easier to predict which cuts down on anxiety and stress.

You Can Choose the Right Actions

When you plan your day and create routines (that turn into habits), it helps free you up to choose the right things to do each day. The actions you take that you create into routines should make a difference in some aspect of your life and your business. That way, you’re not just working in a willy-nilly fashion with no idea if what you’re doing is producing results or not.

By creating smart routines, you’ll be able to:

· Spend More Time with Your Family

· Have More Time with Friends

· Determine Which Work is Most Important

· Figure Out How to Outsource the Right Tasks

· Learn Which Tasks Can be Automated

· Get More Done Each Day

· Understand What Really Matters

Make no mistake that creating smart routines is a very powerful solution for most people whether they have a business or work at a job. People are creatures of habit and those who recognize that understand that creating healthy habits that replace bad habits will work across every aspect of your life.

Do you have a workday routine?

I promise having a workday routine is not as difficult as it sounds, and chances are you already have gotten into one. But if not, start with an audit.

Write Down Your Day

First, take some time to keep doing things as you are, but take note and write down how you’re spending your time each moment of the day. Taking some time, maybe a full work week, to document what you’re doing, when you’re doing it, and your feelings about how that’s working for you will help you make a better routine down the line.

Honesty Matters

If you can’t be honest with yourself, it’s going to be hard to create a good routine that delivers the success you are hoping to achieve. So try to be brutally honest with yourself as you look through your schedule and ask yourself whether what you’re doing is productive, produces a result, or if it’s just busy work or wasted time.

Note the Interruptions

As you track what you’re doing, also note what’s happening in the background. What are others doing? What’s on the TV? Is the radio on? Are you being distracted by notifications on your smartphone? Are children trying to get your attention? Whatever else is happening aside from the scheduled work you are supposed to be doing is also important.

How Do You Feel?

One thing that is important is how you feel about your workday. Do you feel hurried, stressed, bothered, guilty, or something else? If you have any negative feelings at all about the systems you’ve created for yourself, it’s okay to throw them out and change things. It may be difficult at first to get used to doing something new – for you, and for your family and friends – but when you craft a life and a routine that is successful, it will pay off in big ways.

It seems crazy, but a good schedule is going to give you more freedom. You’re going to feel as if you have more time. You’re going to be able to let go of guilt and start focusing on the money-making tasks that enable you to finally create the freedom you thought you would when you embarked on working for yourself.

Finally, after the week is over, it’s time to look at your week so you can determine what’s working, what’s not working, what can be changed, totally thrown out, and how you can start fresh creating a routine that really gets the type of results in your life that you desire. The more intentional you are about your routine, the more it’s going to work for you.

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