The following is a sample from Level Up Your Day: How to Maximize the 6 Essential Areas of Your Daily Routine. If you’re having trouble coming up with your daily routine, then I recommend this book to help you get started.
Identifying what to work on is a constant, daily struggle.
As an entrepreneur, you’re faced with a seemingly infinite amount of opportunities. What do I write next? Do I need to answer the 40 emails in my inbox? Should I pursue a new project that might take my business to the next level? These are the questions you might wake up to every morning.
The problem is, we don’t have a boss telling use what’s important. Often, we began each day by working on the tasks that seemed urgent, but aren’t critical to the success of the business—like checking email or social media.
Why Does a Daily Routine Helps
I used a simple (but effective) productivity hack. I start each day by identifying two to four critical tasks and adding them to my Most Important Tasks (MITs) list. These are the tasks I work on first thing in the morning. The key here is to use specific metrics so I know whether I’ve accomplished my goals or not.
As an example, I’ll create tasks like these:
- Write 2,000 words of the daily routine book.
- Record five podcast episodes for SelfPublishingQuestions.com.
- Complete conversations 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 (each number represents a specific meeting).
- Create a new squeeze page for the Develop Good Habits blog.
This small daily action has had a positive impact on my business and personal life. Each day, when I complete these tasks, I know the priority tasks have been accomplished. Even if something unexpected comes up in the afternoon, I know I’ve done the important tasks that drive my business forward.
Example of a My Daily Routine
Usually, I’ll wake up at around 7 a.m. and immediately start my habit-stacking routine, which includes the following tasks:
- Making my bed
- Washing my face
- Drinking a pint of lemon water
- Preparing and drinking a nutritious smoothie
- Reviewing my goals
- Writing down two to four important tasks for the day
I end this routine by completing a new habit I’m trying to build into my life. For example, I’m currently trying to master the 10-minute declutter habit.
Around 7:30 a.m., I head out for a walk. I always bring my iPhone to use the Stitcher app to listen to a variety of podcasts on topics such as self-publishing, Internet marketing and investing. Also, I keep the Evernote app in a key location on my phone—in case I want to record an idea from one of these podcasts
From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., I do my first (and sometimes only) block of writing. Usually, I work on a Kindle book, blog post or piece of content. On occasion, I’ll write something for my own personal enjoyment.
From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., I’ll do a few different things: work on a project, reply to messages from key members of my team or complete a number of small tasks. These activities typically relate to items on my MITs list. The benefit here is that they provide a break from writing, but they also help me improve my business.
AFTERNOON ROUTINEFrom 11 a.m. to noon, I’ll relax a little by eating lunch, reading a nonfiction book for 30 minutes, running a few errands or driving to a nearby Starbucks coffeehouse to get out of the house.
The 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. time-slot is very flexible. Depending on the day (and specific deadlines), I do a number of things: write for a few more hours, clear out my email inbox, work through the steps of a current project, record a few podcast episodes or outline a future idea.
Six p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (or sometimes 8:30) is exercise time. I either do another walk (usually with my fiancée) or go for a run. If I’m training for a marathon, sometimes the long run will extend into the evening.
After 8 p.m. is relaxation time. My fiancée and I will eat dinner, do a little cleaning and basically unwind for the rest of the night.
At 11 p.m., I’ll go to bed and do a little bit of fiction reading. I usually fall asleep around 11:30 p.m.
The above was a “normal” day, but there are few weekly events that impact how my workday is structured.
I like to time-block my week so all conversations (podcast interviews, masterminds, collaborative sessions and networking) happen on Wednesdays. I typically have anywhere from two to six conversations on this day. As an introvert, having regular conversations requires a lot of energy, so I prefer to get them all done in a single day.
Every other Thursday, I drive down to my parents’, which is an hour and a half from my home. Once there, my entire family goes to dinner. Then I spend the night at their place and we see a movie together the next the afternoon.
Finally, my Fridays are very flexible. Sometimes I’ll work the whole day, but on other days I’ll do a few things in the morning, then relax for the rest of the day and most of the weekend.
What Does YOUR Daily Routine Look Like?
Now that I have told you my daily routine, I’d love to hear about what YOURS looks like. In the comment section below, describe the habits you use every single day…
To learn more, I encourage you to check out Level Up Your Day: How to Maximize the 6 Essential Areas of Your Daily Routine to find that balance in your daily activities. It is far more than me talking about my daily routines, but dives deep into the things that any successful self-starter, work-at-home, freelancer or entrepreneur can use to achieve success.
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TEACHERS / PARENTS: We have a version of this chart that you can use with your students: Daily Routines in English Chart / ESL Flash Cards
Daily Activities at Home
What are some of the daily activities that you do at home?
I wake up at 7am every morning.
I press the snooze button five times every morning before I turn off the alarm and get up.
I have a cup of coffee and make breakfast. I usually read the newspaper while I have breakfast. My children like to have a shower after they have breakfast but I like to have a shower before I get dressed.
My wife brushes her long hair, and I have short hair so I comb my hair. How do you do your hair in the morning?
It is important to brush your teeth, and some women like to put make-up on.
After I have finished work, I go home to cook dinner. In my house I usually make dinner. The family eat dinner together at 7:30pm.
After dinner I make sure that my children do their homework, and then I chill out on the sofa and watch television.
On television I usually watch the News. My wife usually comes to tell me to take the rubbish out, or wash the dishes.
Our children feed the dog and the cat before they go to bed and I tell them to go to the bathroom too.
If I am sick I have to take my medication, but then I get into my pyjamas and set the alarm so I wake up in the morning.
The last things I do is lock the door, turn off the lights, and go to bed.
It doesn't take me long to fall asleep.
Daily Activities at Work
What are some daily activities that you do at work?
I go to work at 8.45am every morning.
I usually drive to work.
I always check my emails when I get to work, but I don't always reply to them immediately.
I take a taxi or a train if I have a lunch meeting. I never take the bus because it is too slow.
When I am at my desk I usually work on the computer, even during morning tea.
At 1pm most days I have lunch.
At 3pm we have afternoon tea,and that is when we usually talk and eat cake.
When you are in the office you probably have a lot of papers. It is important for you to file your papers, and so that you can find them again you need to organise your files.
When I work I have to make telephone calls. If an important issue happens I ask my secretary to organise a meeting.
Once a month I report to my boss, but maybe you have to report to your boss more often. I usually write a document that my boss can read.
Other Daily Activities
What are some other daily activities that you do?
I exercise at least three times a week.
I usually go to the gym before work, but sometimes I go after work.
I meditate every morning so that I feel less stressed during the day.
What are some weekly activities that you do?
I go grocery shopping once a week at the local supermarket.
My family does the housework together every Saturday morning.
I usually do the washing on Sunday morning and when the machine is finished I hang the clothes out to dry.
On Sunday morning we go to church, and if there is lots of noise coming from next door, sometimes we fight with the neighbour.
On Saturday night my parents stay at home and I go out with friends.
Even my friends that live at home call their parents each week.
Every evening, I water the garden.
I usually pay someone to wash the car, but my partner says I should do it, so sometimes I argue with my partner about that.
If we are angry at the neighbour, we seek vengeance by annoying his dogs.
I work in an important office, so I have to shine my shoes each day.
Sometimes we hire a movie, because we don't like to illegally download music and films. I make sure that I synchronise my iPod so I always have new music on it.
To get our shopping, we go to the mall in the car.
Last week I forgot to recharge my travel card, and I had to argue with a bus driver. I couldn't call the office because I forgot to recharge my cellphone!
Try our interactive quiz about Daily Routines.
English Teachers (and Parents)
Apart from the main chart, each daily routine / activity is on its own A4 size page and we have also included the following bonus routines for students going to school: I go to school, I have classes, I finish school.
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