Lesson 5 – Setting up a Routine

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Setting Up a Routine
You might think that routines are predictable and boring. However, we believe that certain aspects of your life should be ritualized if you want your time to be used in the best way possible.
In this lesson, we will talk about why routines are important, how you can simplify your life, and what parts of your life can be made simpler with a routine. You will also have an opportunity to think about parts of your life that could benefit from a routine.
 
How Routines Can Help You
Be dull in your everyday routine so you can be wildly creative where it counts. Routines simplify; clarify; and create order, symmetry, and familiarity in chaos and high stress. Routines are the foundation of success.
Top performers in every area of every industry have lives full of routine. Most of us have routines in the morning. Think about your morning routine and how, if you skip it (perhaps because you slept in late, or the dog threw up on the carpet!), you have a tougher time launching your day.
As you decide what kinds of routines will help you, you will need to simplify some things in your life. This is one of those things that is easier said than done, we know, but is well worth the effort. Consider your entire lifestyle. If you have an expensive lifestyle that consumes huge amounts of effort just to maintain, perhaps that time could be better spent doing more enjoyable things than maintaining homes, boats, cars, etc. Similarly, too cheap a lifestyle has a similar result. If you spend hours negotiating the cheapest and the lowest rates, airfares, gas prices, etc., or have to shop for groceries at six locations in order to get the best price on everything, ask yourself if that is time truly well-spent.
Routines include setting time with family, for eating, for sleeping, and for exercising. It means setting a clear time for all routine activities. The way to get routines to work for you is to make sure you are setting them at times that work best for you and your biological clock. Your morning routines should be so good that when you walk out of your house, you feel ready to tackle any problems the world throws at you.
Remember:
No activity is more important to ritualize than sleep. This lets your body know that it is time to slow down and prepare to shut off.
By fixing mealtimes and planning in advance you’ll become vastly more efficient. You’ll save money on groceries too!
Since exercise has such a powerful effect on brain energy and alertness, place your workout at times of day you most need them.