We’ve been talking a lot lately about working from home and productivity. A huge piece of successfully working from home AND building a business is based on establishing solid habits and routines.
Success doesn’t just happen overnight – it’s the result of persistent and consistent steps over time toward your goals. We all have a finite amount of time to work with.
Knowing that helps us prioritize. We can cut out a lot of decision making by implementing habits and routines. That way we save them for the important stuff. It also frees brain space for more creative and productive thinking.
Routines are a great tool that simplify our lives and cut out a lot of our daily stress. Essentially, anything you do throughout the day can be made into a habit.
Start asking yourself “How can I make this a habit?”
Chances are you already have a morning routine. You get up, you get your coffee, read the paper or check email and fix some toast before heading into the shower. Let’s expand on that. If you create a “uniform” for yourself, you don’t even have to think about what to wear. You just grab a pair of pants and a shirt, or a skirt, tights and sweater and off you.
Meal planning helps you figure out what meals to fix and eat. A cleaning schedule makes sure you stay on track with your household chores without you having to spend any valuable decision making skills in the process.
Wrap your day up with a bedtime routine that not only helps when you’re too tired to make smart choices, it also helps you fall asleep more easily. What works for your toddler works for you as well. Start by doing a few chores that make the next morning easier. Making sure the kitchen is clean and the kids’ school things are in order are great examples. Come up with a few calming things that help you slow down and get ready for sleep. Read a book, listen to some music or wind down with a cup of herbal tea.
Just like in your life, you’ll also want to build routines and habits into your business. For example, on the last day of each month I review my P&L statement for the month and make sure all of my expenses are accounted for. I add this into your calendar and follow a checklist to review each area of my finances.
This small investment of time each month means that when I do my taxes the following year I don’t have to dig through a year’s worth of receipts and that time can be used to grow my business in other ways.
Sit down with a pen and piece of paper and think about what parts of your day and week you can turn into routines.
Write the down and create daily to-do lists for yourself until you’ve established these new habits and routines.
Spending a little bit of time creating routines and habits will make your day run a lot smoother. You might just find yourself less stressed and get more done during your productive hours. And that’s a beautiful thing. It allows you to save plenty of decision making for the fun stuff like figuring out what park to go to, what family movie to watch or what board game to play.