Create a Daily Regimen (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 59)
“For me, cracking the code on flossing was to put the floss right by the toothbrush, and to commit to myself that I would floss one tooth — only one tooth — every time after I brushed.”
— B.J. Fogg
The people who are the most productive, and in turn, the most successful, are those who have developed good habits and created a daily regimen to live by. This is a crucial point to recognize especially for young indomitables like I once was. Having good habits and developing a daily regimen can help you become stable and consistent each day of the week. No matter how you feel or what you have to do, a daily regimen will regulate you to do what is regular, but necessary.
Developing habits and creating a regimen doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s also not just about listing your work schedule or your school schedule. Sometimes, these are not the things that get us off track. Many times, it’s the little things like exercise, waking up early, eating healthy, and hitting the gym that mess up our lives. We get the fact that we have a business meeting at 2:00 P.M.; we forget the fact that we need to sleep well the night before.
Get into the habit of living by your good habits. When you have a list of certain things you do everyday, you don’t have to think about them; you just do them. It’s habit. Making too many decisions about little “boring” details is a drain of mental and emotional energy. If you have to think about brushing your teeth in the morning, it’s not a habit. It’s not part of your regime — yet. Give yourself more mental energy to focus on other projects and tougher decisions by putting all your mundane tasks into a routine as much as possible.
A daily regimen helps us stay productive and balance our work and our play. Your routine is unique because you are unique and it sets you up to accomplish things only you can accomplish. And here’s another thing about creating a daily regimen: it’s helps to eliminate depression. Most people who are depressed lack purpose, goals to reach their purpose, and a daily routine to accomplish their goals. Every point in your daily regimen will keep your head and your soul out of the forest of depression and help you reach your goals.
Intentionally creating a regime for your life leaves more time to do the things you love. There is nothing wrong with living on a regimen especially if it is yours. A regimen is a map that will get you where you want to go if you simply follow it. And when you slack off, you know how to get back on track. Go to your regimen list and whatever it says, do it. After all, you wrote it. How you live now will determine your level of living later.
“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower