Taking Control of your Day-to-Day
If you’ve ever felt like your life was crazy or all over the place, it might’ve been due to the lack of solid structure, support or systems in place in your daily activities. In order to put yourself in a proactive position to regain control, you’ll need to consider systematizing your routines.
You're probably wondering, “What does he mean by ‘systematizing routines’?” What I am referring to is the action of taking everything that happens in your regular day-to-day and organizing into an accountable system or creating a specific routine for it.
This can be pretty challenging as life’s unexpected surprises will attempt to throw us off track; however, success, enrichment, and control tend to be what’s waiting for you on the other side of a challenge. Below, you’ll find some pieces of advice to help you put a procedure together that can be applied to your daily routines:
Label your system.
By naming your system, you are creating a much more formal process which can increase personal adherence.
Add this formal appointment into your calendar with step-by-step notes.
System sample name: Tuesday Meal Prep
- When I get home on Tuesdays, I’ll preheat the oven and boil the water for meal prep
- I’ll pull out all the protein that needs to be tempered
- Next, I’ll give the kids a bath
- Next, I’ll add my brown rice to the boiling water and reduce the heat to a simmer
- Next, I’ll add my prepared vegetables to the to the preheated oven
- Finish up kids bedtime routine and check back on the rice and veggies
- Once the *munchkins* are clean and in bed, carbs will be pulled
- Finally, lean protein to be cooked
…this may seem like overkill at first, but you’ll be surprised at how effective it can be!
Life tends to be easier when you have designated days for specific routines like grocery shopping on Sundays or yard work on Saturdays. This creates structure and order to your week or month which in turn, molds a coarse environment into a smooth one. For the scarier tasks that you want to ease on into, categorize them at first. For example, perform all of your foam rolling on Mondays and Fridays to remove the headache and/or fear of having to do it every day at first. Soon you’ll be able to spread the tasks across your whole week when you get rolling.
You are going to need extra focus and dedication in the beginning. After some time though, you won't even have to think about it! It will soon become second nature if you practice consistency.
Review and re-evaluate your system.
This practice is a constant work in progress. There will always be unsuspected events and situations that will interrupt your structure. Make sure that you are periodically stepping back and asking yourself “How’s this working for me?” If it’s working well, find ways of applying it even further or in other areas. If you find that it isn’t working out, don’t be afraid to try tweaking a thing or two.
This email is meant to provide you with some key examples, but there are many different simple systems that you can put in place for any task. Take your time with this one—experiment and see what works best for you. Just start imagining how much easier life could be if you had a control on your routines.
Next week, we’ll touch on how to not engage in multitasking, which will bring you that much closer in moving from coarse to sleek!
"It's our choices that show what we are we truly are, far more than our abilities." -J.K. Rowling