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.