How To Make a Daily Routine For Yourself: 17-Step Guide

This new article will show you everything you need to know about how to make a daily routine for yourself.

A daily routine is a great way to stay on track. The longer you stick to it, the more each activity will become a habit and you will have less trouble staying motivated. The hardest aspect is making a daily habit. If you’re having trouble persevering with your resolution, start with small changes and experiment to find out what’s stopping you.

How To Make a Daily Routine For Yourself:

1. Devote a full day to documenting everything you do.

Carry a planner, notebook, or cell phone with a calendar app. Write down start and end times for all activities, no matter how insignificant. At the end of the day, get a list detailing how you spent your time.

Tomorrow, make another list, or maybe even one for each day of the week if today is not a regular day for you.

2. Eliminate unnecessary tasks from your day.

Instead of trying to create an entirely new daily schedule, revise your existing schedule to build a daily routine. Analyze your list of activities for the day that you are saving. Choose the ones you want to spend less time on, such as procrastination or social media. Remove some of these tasks from your to-do list.

3. Make a list of useful activities to replace the unproductive ones.

Calculate how much time you saved by eliminating useless tasks from your day. List possible activities for this period, such as working, studying, cleaning the house, or other constructive tasks.

4. Develop a daily plan.

Using the plan from the actual day and a list of modifications you want to make, create a routine that you can follow. You can change the order in which you do things, but you can’t change the length of time you do them. Assume that if it took you thirty minutes to eat breakfast today, it will take you thirty minutes again tomorrow.

When adding new things to your schedule, estimate how long they will take and then allocate about one-third more time to them than you estimated.

5. Allocate an adequate amount of time for sleep.

Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to be awake and functional. Children and teens sometimes need nine or more hours of sleep. Set a time to go to bed and wake up that allows you to get enough sleep; otherwise, you won’t be able to maintain your daily routine.

6. Allow yourself breaks and pauses.

If your initial draft of your routine is filled with activities from the time you get out of bed until the time you go to bed, you’re likely to burn out or fail after the first unexpected event. Adjust your schedule to include at least one 30–60 minute break and an additional 5–15 minute break between tasks.

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7. Check the schedule for one day.

Try out the schedule you have developed. Make every effort to stick to it. If you fail, note what you did differently from the schedule and why.

8. Adjust your schedule in light of lessons learned.

Review your schedule at the end of the day. If one of your time estimates was inaccurate, allocate extra time to an activity and remove something less important from your day. Allocate less time to an activity if you did it more than 20 minutes earlier. Finally, if the order of the tasks was inconvenient or didn’t seem right, try rearranging them.

9. Repeat this step until you are able to stick to your plan.

After making modifications, try again to follow your plan. If you have difficulty doing so, continue making modifications and try again. If you have trouble sticking to your plan, read the following tips.

10. Follow your natural rhythm.

Each person’s body has a unique natural schedule, or circadian rhythm, that affects whether they feel tired or alert. Create a pattern where you use the most productive times of the day for things that require mental and physical effort, and give yourself time to rest during times of the day when you feel tired or have difficulty thinking.

There are many useful tips on the internet to get help in determining or changing your natural rhythm, or use an online survey to get a basic estimate.

11. Determine how you will start your day.

Mornings can be the weakest link in your daily routine if they seem rushed or confusing. Experiment with multiple options until you develop a very clear schedule that you can follow each day:

Start your day with a glass of water to hydrate and wake up, followed by coffee or tea if you drink it.

To wake up, try stretching or gentle exercises. In yoga, a popular example is the sun salutation (1).

Make the same breakfast every day, or at least figure out what you will eat for breakfast the day before.

12. Reflect on your routine twice a day.

Take at least 10 minutes each morning to plan your day. If you have extra responsibilities today, a temporary cause of stress in your life, or another reason why today is special, choose activities to avoid today if necessary. At the end of the day, reflect on how the decision you made affected your life and if you could improve your routine.

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13. Find activities that can energize you.

Even on your busiest days, you should plan at least two breaks of 5 to 15 minutes to get energized and ready for the rest of your routine. If you feel pressured during these breaks, or if they draw you in and last much longer than they should, find another activity. Here are some ideas:

Walking or jogging, for example, can rejuvenate and revitalize your body.

An enjoyable activity with a specific end time makes it harder to extend your break. For example, find a 15-minute episode of a podcast or read one chapter of a book.

If you’re tired, lie down with your eyes closed or meditate to recharge your batteries. If you have an important duty, set an alarm clock.

14. Use sound to motivate yourself.

Set an alarm on your phone or watch every time you start an activity, so you know when to move on to the next one if you often lose track of time. Instead, you can use music as a more pleasant motivator by dividing it into playlists or categories based on the type of activity you’re doing. For example,

When you need to focus, listen to non-distracting music with a calm rhythm.

When you’re relaxing or taking care of small personal matters, listen to calming music.

If you are exhausted and need to lift your spirits, listen to loud, dynamic music.

15. Avoid procrastination.

Remove all distractions from your workspace. Block websites that waste your time if you work on a computer and procrastinate online.

16. Use digital productivity apps. 

There are several tools available that can inspire, remind, or reward you for being productive. If games are your motivation, try Habitica (2) or any calendar tool that will remind you of your next task.

17. Keep your sleep rhythm as consistent as possible.

Blue light emitted by electronic devices can inhibit the secretion of sleep hormones. Limit your computer, phone, and TV use late at night or install Flux to change the shade of your screen at night. Caffeine, alcohol, and other medications can also make it harder to get a good night’s sleep.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my article about how to make a daily routine for yourself. I sincerely hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here