You are listening to the Success Club Podcast. Hello and welcome to session 121 This week I am talking to you about how routines can help you become successful.
I love my freedom and hated routines, that was until I realised that actually routines help me be successful and that in turn helps me have the freedom I want.
Let me explain, routines are just habits, and habits are things that we do over and over often without thinking about them, like brushing your teeth, which helps us to have successful outcomes.
Routines also help you get the little things done on a regular basis that help you achieve your big goal and for me, that was the freedom to run my own business on my terms.
So what routines do I have? Here we go…
As my (now) number one push goal is my health, I have a morning routine that helps me with this. I get up early, I love the peace and solitude of getting up early and the promise of a new day. I take my blood sugar stats, I am a type 2 diabetic, so need to keep these in check, go downstairs and grab a coffee, I put my coffee on the night before so it’s ready for me when I get into the kitchen. I then drink a glass of water and take my vitamins, go into the office, and put on my soft light and do my meditation, I use the Calm app for this, I love the voice of Tamara Levitt, and then I journal for a few minutes and either read a personal development book or study.
Then it’s either out to the gym or I go for a walk if it’s light outside, but lately, I am moving my work out to home as this saves me time and I like the quietness of my home as opposed to the gym. Then I grab a shower, brush my teeth and have another coffee. I do not eat breakfast as I follow the Keto way of eating and do intermitting fasting, so just eat 2 meals and fast for 20 hours, as a diabetic, this way of eating tremendously helps stabilise my blood sugars.
After getting dress routine number two kicks in, this is my work zone and the first thing I do is to check my stats, then do my emails and then depending on what day it is, depends on the tasks I am doing for the day, so for example, on Monday I blog and podcast, Tuesday I write my weekly newsletter, and look at any outstanding business. Wednesdays and Thursdays I write courses for my Success Club with Friday being the day I call ‘catch up Friday’ where I try and clear all outstanding projects I needed to get done during the week. It’s also the day I do my accounts, do my weekly review and plan for the following week.
I try and take a break for a walk into my house or the garden if the weather is good, to rest my eyes, move my body and drink a glass of water. I put a timer on for this. I use the Pomodoro Technique for this, it’s a time management technique that helps you to improve productivity and I use a Pomodoro timer for this.
At noon, I check my social media and emails, have my lunch, nap for 20 mins then go back to work for the afternoon.
Finally at the end of my workday, usually around 5 pm I check my emails, social media and close down my work zone.
I eat my second meal at 5 pm, then depending on what day it is, do my house chores, then relax with a book or a film, meet up with a friend.
At 8.45 pm I start to wind down for the evening, I put the coffee machine on ready for the morning, take a bath with candlelight, brush my teeth and in bed for 9.00 pm to get my 8 hours of sleep. I used to be a terrible sleeper but found by taking 500 mg of magnesium has helped me get deep and restorative sleep, ready for the next day.
So, how does this kind of routine give me freedom? It helps me to reach my goals of working for myself and gives me the freedom to do what I want to do, when and where I want to do it, no boss as I am my own boss.
So what routines do you have?
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