For a lot of people, the idea of the routine sounds boring. Who wants to do the same thing every day and with little, if any, deviation or spontaneity? However, building and maintaining a routine provides a plethora of benefits that can make you fitter, happier, and more productive.
It’s Good for Your Mental Health
When you create and stick to a routine, you feel more organized and, therefore, less stressed. This can have enormous benefits for your mental health, as it helps you find clarity in life. Depending on what you include in your routine, whether it’s exercise, healthy eating, or meditation (or all of the above), you can enjoy the positive thoughts and confidence that it brings.
Every time you stick to your routine, you’ll feel like you can do anything, and you’ll become addicted to this feeling. People are creatures of habit, and the more familiar you become with your routine, the better you will feel every day.
It Makes It Easy to Plan
Every day, you feel busier and more overwhelmed than you did the day before. But by cultivating a routine that works for you, you can plan things much better. It can start by eating the same breakfast every day and then progressing from there. This includes everything from running errands to completing projects to seeing friends and family. If you know what you need to do every day, you can find opportunities to do other things and prevent yourself from getting double-booked.
It Saves Time
Having a daily plan means that you can find that one thing that always seems to escape you matter how hard you try or how fast you think you get your work done: time. It never feels like there are enough hours in the day to do anything. Still, with your routine, it’s possible to discover this time by compartmentalizing tasks, chores, and errands so that by the time you’re finished, you have some time to relax and enjoy some you-time or plan for tomorrow.
It Builds Momentum And Increases Efficiency
While it can be challenging to get going sometimes, you might have noticed that once you start, you feel like there’s no point in stopping. Let’s say you need to clean the kitchen, and by the time you’re finished, you’re in the groove. From there, you can think about doing other things that you were planning on putting off.
Getting things done builds momentum, and once you approach them, you realize they were not as challenging as you first expected. This increases your efficiency, and before you know it, you’ve completed everything that needed to be done so you can focus on things that are a little more fun.
It’s clear enough that having a routine doesn’t have to be boring. Once you find one that works for you and helps you be the productive dynamo you’ve always dreamed of becoming, you’ll relish the chance to complete your routine every single day. If you ever miss it, you might even feel a little off, and not ready to face what the world brings.