We make routines for a reason. It helps us get up and move forward in our lives. It could help the kids do their chores or finish their homework.
If your an athlete it hones skills to show up every day and practice. I read a bio on Pistol Pete and he used to show up 2 hours early and leave 2 hours late from practice. He would dribble the ball while running and take shots from different spots on the court. He was one of the best ball handlers in history.
A routine could help you write a book. Steven King in his book “On Writing” talks about the amount of books he reads every year and he sits down to write every day, even Holidays, at least 3-4 hours. Look at how many books he has written. I try to write a page a day.
Routines help to make people who they are and who they grow into. I am a financial advisor so every day I read at least two articles on retirement and have two books a month I read on that topic. If I meet a client and there is a tough case that I haven’t come across I will read three to four books on the subject and find as many articles to become the best at that subject. I set a routine to get this done.
It helps to know what you want to accomplish with your routine. Look at what your routines are every day and separate the good and the bad ones.
A bad routine or habit is difficult to break. I read somewhere that it takes around thirty days to break a routine or habit. Most are mental and people may not even realize they are in a routine. The bad ones are more difficult to break but once broken you feel better.
Look to make routines productive. When I fall out of productive routines I feel lost and unproductive. My wife and I were just talking about this. While on this three week work trip I fell off bad on some good routines and my mentality changed. I was irritable and flustered with my work and family.
She said something simple but to the point. “You need to get focused!”
She was right and all it takes is a week or two of getting off track and things start to change.
Every successful person I have come in contact with has routines they stick to. Good routines help get wohttp://terrymanos.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=564&action=edit&message=10rk done and keeps people focused and productive. Steven Pressfield in his book “Do the Work” talks about this. Just set the routine and do the work he says. The rest will follow.
James Altucher also spends a lot of time to get his routines down so he can stay productive. He talks about spending some time on each of these four things: Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
If most people could focus a little time every day on these four things the world would be a better place.
The problem is that people fall out of routines and as you get older it is more difficult to get back in. I do it and the people around me who are unorganized and miserable are the ones that have no rhyme or reason to their life. Simply changing up some routines could change that.
My most productive periods in life are when I’m on point with my routines. At present I have the kids home schooled. I office at home and am building a multi-state business. My wife has a business she is trying to grow and focus on.
There’s a lot going on and without a routine things easily get out of hand in our household. Sometimes, like now, I have to write down and focus on what worked in the past and what didn’t and how our routines will keep us moving in the right direction.
Here is a great chart by Kevin Elliot on routines that could help you become prosperous. It puts James Altucher’s routine into a nice chart to follow.
4 Good Routines
PHYSICAL – It doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with one little thing a day. When it comes to physical I want to get up at 5:30 AM and do at a minimum of 30 minutes of P90X.
EMOTIONAL – Emotional is a tough one but I start every day by reading one chapter of a motivational book. Even a quote helps me focus and I try to stay on that quote throughout the day. It also helps to keep the negative people out of our lives. With just one negative person in your emotions could take a turn for the worst.
MENTAL – Mental is a good one to stay on point with. I like to get on Luminosity and play some mind games before appointments and also write down some simple goals for the day. When I don’t write these down I find that I forget something I had planned to do that day or week. It helps to sit quietly (not in front of the computer) and focus on what needs to happen throughout the day.
SPIRITUAL – Spiritual is one a lot of people forget or are scared of. I am Christian so like to read the bible or at least something on meditation. It doesn’t matter if you are religious or not but just pray to something. God helps me but there are many ways you can meditate on something spiritual to get you right spiritually.
Hope this helps.