I have found that if I have a schedule with specific times to do things I will rebel. When I work with the concepts of “morning”, “afternoon”, “evening” it works better for me ... with no actual times attached. It allows more flexibility and being able to go with the flow if interruptions occur, rather than throwing me totally off track. If you need more structure, then you can break it down even further by adding things like “work” or “family” or “chores,” etc. You don’t need to add things you already automatically do like take a shower or brush your teeth. It works best for me when I list things here that help my day run more smoothly that I sometimes forget to do, or new habits I want to establish. This is my basic daily routine; weekend routines may be slightly different and you might want to set up another one for weekends, or you can always give yourself a couple of days off and just totally go with the flow. Depending on the weekend, I back up my computer, clean out my inbox if not already done, work on projects, marathon movie watching with my daughter, go for a hike, play games, visit friends … whatever is fun and works in your lives.
Morning Routine <sets the tone for the day> <drink water>
Self: meditate … mind movie / visualization … grooming … exercise … check calendar
Household: basic chores … projects
Work: writing … reading … calls … meetings … marketing … email … paperwork
Afternoon Routine <drink water>
Work: whatever didn’t get done in morning
Household: errands … cook dinner
Family: talk … share your day
Evening Routine <drink water>
Family: play … create … plan for tomorrow
Household: basic chores … projects … hot spots
Self: read … gratitude journal … meditate … check calendar
This is just a guide: set up your own routines based on how you want to “be” in your life and the habits you want to establish to make your life run more smoothly.