My Ideal Daily Routine
I want to start out by asking you a simple question:
What do you do to take care of yourself on a day to day basis?
That is to say, how do you practice self care?
I’ll be the first to admit: I have a pretty random and careless daily routine, especially when I am living abroad like I am now. Unlike many Type A personalities, I am not a creature entrenched in habit. I may plan incessantly for the future and obsess over the past (two things I’m working on). But when it comes to the day-to-day, I have a lack of structure.
Structure that I am desperately craving.
Although, I do not believe I am craving it for the reasons you might think. I don’t crave structure as a means of further planning. I don’t crave structure to further those Type A personality traits I cannot stand in myself.
I crave structure so I can detach further from thought.
I am craving stillness.
All of us deserve to treat ourselves with love and care. We should all be more conscious about injecting elements of self-care into our daily routines. This includes mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual care. Mind, body, soul. And doing so in a way that is true to your needs and desires.
In this post, I want to describe my ideal routine. The daily routine that I desperately crave.
The Daily Routine That I Desperately Crave
There are elements of all kinds in my ideal routine, from the physical to the anti-physical. The routine is designed to complement my natural strengths and supplement my weaknesses. For example, I get the most done when I start my day early. Some people are more productive after the sun goes down, but that’s not me.
I am aware that my routine may not be the perfect fit for you. In fact, I know it won’t. That’s the point!
As you read, I challenge you to concoct your own ideal routine. The routine you know you’re craving. It may be more structured, less structured, contain different elements. Just make it serve your individual needs!
6:30am: Wake up, sans alarm, from the sunlight peaking through my window. Do not check phone. Lay in stillness and be at peace. Pet cats. Be aware of what I am grateful for this morning.
6:45am: Record thoughts in journal, perhaps a gratitude journal. Boil hot water for a strong cup of black coffee. Pick up scattered items from the night of relaxing before.
7:00am: Read, non-fiction. Drink coffee and one full glass of lemon water.
8:00am: Brush hair and teeth, wash face. Change out of pajamas into comfortable yogawear. Eat something light, such as greek yogurt or banana.
8:15am: Practice yoga at home or go to the gym.
9:30am: Take a quick shower and get changed. Occasionally, apply facial mask or skin treatment.
10:00am: Eat breakfast, usually two fried eggs and a piece of fruit. Take vitamins and supplements.
10:30am: Get started on work at home or local coffee shop. Check freelance job board and follow up on any inbound offers or outbound proposals. Check email. Check to-do list created the day before.
11:00am - 5:00pm: Start on the most important projects first, following priority levels listed on to-do list. Each day, write at least one complete article submission. Each day, pitch at least 2 articles to preferred sites. Take brief 2-3 minute breaks to sit in stillness and silence, being aware of any frustrations or issues that have arisen, and accepting them. Eat a light, healthy snack 1-2 times during day.
5:30pm: Wrap up work for the day by creating a to-do list for tomorrow. Make sure to list priority levels for each item.
6:00pm: Reflect with Nik on what we accomplished and feel good about the day. Discuss what our goals are for tomorrow and where we want to improve. Prepare dinner.
7:00pm: Eat dinner (not in front of the TV), drink wine, relax together at home.
8:00pm: Practice light yoga, meditate, or take a walk around the neighborhood.
8:30pm: Either watch 1 hour of Netflix (something educational or thought-provoking) or read 1 hour of fiction.
9:30pm: Remove any makeup and wash face. Brush teeth and hair. Change into pajamas.
10:00pm: Lay in bed, feeling grateful and happy about the day. Be present in the moment and the feelings of gratitude. Remind Nik that I love him.
Let me repeat: This is an ideal daily routine. The one that I crave on my most disorganized days.
This is also a Monday - Friday routine. I enjoy having unstructured weekends, filled with promise and spontaneity. For the most part...
I know that with a solid routine that serves me, I can be more productive, feel better, and remain mindful throughout the day.
If you need some morning routine inspiration, I encourage you to check out My Morning Routine. It’s full of morning routines from CEO’s, professionals, business owners, and more.
What would your ideal daily routine look like?
Let me know in the comments!