For many people, even the word routine freaks them out. It can feel like you’re back at school and following a set regime that leaves no time for creativity, space and fun – which as VA’s, we love!
And yet, developing a routine with daily rituals, can maximise our time and actually create space (and time for fun!).
Creating a routine can be a relief to our busy brains – with so many tasks, clients and priorities, a routine can alleviate a lot of stress as you’ll be organised. If you find that still sends a shiver down your spine, flip it in your mind – what would your work day look like if there was NO routine? There would be no rules, no expectations, no set hours, no structure. We’ve seen people work like that and it’s pure bedlam. Very little tasks are completed, there are confusion, panic and a tonne of stress.
As a VA, I’ve realised over the years that creating a routine (and sticking to it) leads to an organised workday. Since crafting my ideal routine, I’ve found that I have more peace and more time than I ever did when I went with the flow.
If you’re wanting to create zen rather than zany, we’ve listed our five favourite benefits of creating your own routine. If you’re still not convinced, try it out and let me know how you feel after a few days:
1. You’ll get more done
Ever wake up and immediately your mind starts to think about the day ahead and you feel exasperated thinking nothing will get done? When you have a daily routine, you’re much more likely to check things off your to-do list and your productivity increases.
This is because having a schedule means blocking out chunks of your day for specific tasks, plus your personal life. When you block out specific times for tasks, clients, the gym, home – it’s far less likely you’ll ignore them for later.
2. You’ll feel much more at peace
Anxiety and stress levels go through the roof during disorganised, mayhem and busy days. When you’re running around and not actually achieving or completing anything, it’s a given that your mind will freak out.
Having a daily routine eliminates the stress and anxiety from even your busiest days. You’ll be at peace knowing where you need to be, what needs to be done and when.
3. Procrastinate no more
When you have no idea what’s happening, you’re more likely to procrastinate. The overwhelming sense of “WTF” stops our energy and creativity from flowing, So we put things off.
When I don’t have a clear idea of what I’m working on, I will do ANYTHING except the actual task at hand – the laundry, walk the dog, even cleaning! – just to put off the task.
A day without a plan can go in the same direction, however, sticking to your routine means getting things done. And that feels GREAT!
4. You’ll have more time to relax
Not only does a routine mean you’ll get more done since you’re ticking off that list efficiently and expertly, but it will also give you more time to yourself.
I set aside blocks of time for me, whether that means seeing friends, playing with the kids, or going for a walk.
Put the blocks of time on your schedule, and make these blocks the most important ones of your week.
5. You’ll sleep like a baby
Not only is it a good idea to create a routine throughout the day, but you should also create one for sleep. A bedtime ritual means settling, calming and getting your body into a rhythm that promotes better sleep.
One idea is to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning. This can help regulate the body’s internal clock and once it’s a habit, you’ll find you fall asleep much easier.
If you are wishing for an easier life, and if you want to get things done, then a structured daily routine is where it’s at. And it’s so rewarding to finish a long day knowing you’ve accomplished what you set out to do – ahhhhh now it’s time for that wine 😉