Do you have routines that you follow day in and day out? Did you know that having a routine can save you time?
Routines save you time because the tasks that make up the routine are simple and easy to complete in one or two steps. When you do these simple short tasks one followed by the other chores get done quickly!
What sorts of tasks do you think I’m talking about?
Which tasks will help you start your day?
My daily routines involve tasks that help me feel settled as I head out the door.
I make the bed, walk my dogs (by the way, walking the dogs first thing in the morning allows me peaceful time to think about the direction of my day and I get exercise – a double benefit!), get some breakfast and then check my indoor plants to see if they need water.
My evening routine involves making a to-do list for the next day. I tidy my desk and evaluate where I am in the work that I’m doing, think about my appointments for the next day, and gather all the items I need to take with me.
These routines don’t take long – maybe 15 minutes in the evening and about an hour in the morning. This is because my dogs and I usually walk for about 30 minutes. I have more information about daily routines in my book: Now What? A Simple Organizing Guide.
What daily routines can you create for yourself to make your days run more smoothly? Write me back, I’d love to know!