Developing a New Routine

I have previously hinted at developing a new routine in the past. My last post discussed when you should ditch your old routine. I have also discussed why you should change your routine and how to determine that it is the right time. The focus of this post is to discuss some of the best options that I have found when you do decide to take the plunge and develop a whole new routine from scratch. There are many times why this may be warranted. Here are are just a few examples of when this may be appropriate.

  • You have been working full time and were laid off - this also works the other way around

  • A change in your family life - getting married, divorced, a birth in the family, or a death in the family

  • Moving to a new location for any reason

  • When your routine is not working like mentioned in the last post

Here are a few ways you can start a whole new routine.

  1. Get all of your activities in once place. Whether you use paper, your computer, or your phone - get all of your activities in one place. This will give you an idea of what you have to do and what you need to schedule.

  2. Decide on the priorities of your activities. The next step is to place all of the activities that you have placed on your list in order of priorities. Since the whole point here is to develop a new routine, you need to find which activities that are the highest priorities.

  3. Make a time budget and then a schedule. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know me by now. Making a time budget and a schedule that you follow has helped me significantly and I will advocate for it.

  4. Analyze your routine regularly. Check on a regular basis based on the period of time of your choosing to ensure how well your routine has been working. If you find yourself not following your routine than you realize that you still need to make adjustments.

I am in the process of making a new routine. It has gotten to the point occasionally where I don't look at my schedule and that is not helpful. I am currently working on a new schedule that would be in a way that I can follow it. I tend to enjoy readjusting my schedule and making a new schedule. This creates a sense of freshness and excitement. You may not be like this, so I do understand why you may not see much value in doing this. Wherever you stand on this, please let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading.