My New Daily Routine — Why Didn’t I Think Of This Sooner?

Daily Routine
Daily Routine

I changed my daily routine because my personal, non-business projects – such as writing this blog — were regularly being pushed to the end of the day.  Then, too often, I was beat from a hard business day and the personal projects didn’t get done.

I wasn’t giving my personal projects and goals the priority I should have.

By nature, I’m an early person.  I go to bed fairly early and I get up early.  My mind is clearest in the morning.  I’m not as sharp or vigorous at night.

I decided to rearrange my activities to take these realities into consideration.

My New Daily Routine

Here’s what I came up with . . .

5:30 a.m. —  Get up.

5:30 a.m.to 6:30 a.m.  — Breakfast.  Simultaneously, I’m reading newspapers and magazines on my iPad.

6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. —  Personal, non-business, projects — including this blog.

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. —  Regular business work.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Exercise.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. —  Lunch.  Usually with my wife.  This is our main meal of the day.

2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. —  Regular business work.

7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. —  Light meal with my wife.

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. —  Personal and play time.

10:00 p.m. —  Bedtime.

This is the weekday schedule.  Believe it or not, on weekends I usually get up at the same time.  And I put in some time on my special projects in the early morning. I wrote part of this article early on a Saturday morning.

Friday and Saturday nights are date nights.  Sometimes, Sunday night is also a date night.  And, occasionally, so is Tuesday.  Remember, it’s about priorities.

How’s My New Daily Routine Working?

After 6 months, this routine is working very well for me.  I’ll stick with it . . . until I come up with a better plan.

Here are some further thoughts about changing my daily routine . . .

  • Making the changes was easier than I expected.
  • I’m accomplishing far more than ever on my personal projects because I’m working on them regularly and when I am the sharpest.
  • I’m getting more benefit from my exercise because I’m doing it midday when I am physically strongest.
  • By being the Early Bird, I always feel that I am “ahead.”  Before the start of the normal business day, I have several hours of focused work under my belt which gives me a feeling of accomplishment.  By the time I break for exercise and lunch, I have put in almost a full day of work.
  • The long midday break is very relaxing and reinvigorating, and it gives my wife and me more time to spend together.
  • I usually stick to the schedule, but I’m not crazy compulsive about it.  When circumstances require it, I deviate from the routine.  For example, a couple times during the week, I do volunteer work so I have to adjust to make the time.

I’m not saying this schedule would work for you.  This is a schedule that works for me under my circumstances.  And my circumstances are a little unusual.  I am self-employed, I work most of the time in a home office and my children are grown and out of the house.

Please share anything about your daily routine that would help other readers.

3 thoughts on “My New Daily Routine — Why Didn’t I Think Of This Sooner?

  1. What a great idea to structure the day that carefully. This encourages me to look at how I use my time in a new way. Thanks, Phil

    I start my day with quiet contemplation over a cup of coffee, often with an inspirational reading and some time writing a daily mindfulness practice in my journal.

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