Since the kids got out of school in June I have let go of my routine. I don’t get up early to exercise or fix breakfast because, why should I? I don’t have to prepare anyone for the day except me so it’s nice to be able to stay in bed longer. Does this sound familiar? So why have a routine at all?
People who stick to a regular daily routine are typically healthier and more productive.
- Creating a sleep schedule which allows you to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day allows you to get the proper amount of sleep to keep you fresh and alert during the day.
- Incorporating excercise into your routine makes getting ample exercise more realistic and less daunting.
- Rising early can allow you to get more work done. Just 30 extra minutes each work day of research, writing, or just planning your day provides an additional 2 1/2 hours of productivity each week.
The key to maintaining a good routine is to write it down and stick to it. It takes about three weeks to form a habit, so if you stick to a routine for at least that long it will become a regular part of your life that you won’t have to think about any more.
For more information, a sample of how to document your personal daily routine, and for information on how maintaining a daily routine can help battle depression click here.