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15 Ways To Make Your Daily Routine Much Better

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1. Every single day, write down a list in two columns: what brought you satisfaction and what brought you frustration. Look at the patterns. This is how you should be adjusting your routine.

2. Figure out how to manage “dead time.” The 20 minute periods where you can’t start new things cause you have to leave, the time you spend mindlessly surfing the web because you need a “break.”

3. Buy the damn latte– whipped cream and all. If you’re going to have the calories, the beginning of the day is the time to do it, and it just sets a happier tone for the rest of the day.

4. Take a weekend to organize your living space in a way that allows you to go through your days without requiring a huge clean up every single night. It’s just easier when everything has a pre-designated place.

5. Replace exercise with something you actually enjoy that also gets you moving.

7. Decide what’s not essential and eliminate it. This applies to your living space, desk and life in general: clutter is mind-numbing.

8. Make sure that part of the routine is to carve out time for yourself. Time to read, to walk around the block, to do something that isn’t draining for once. To not be staring at an electronic for a while, to treat yourself to something with no other intention other than you want to indulge (moderately, of course, because excessively doing so each day is bad news).

9. Simplify your cooking. Between pre-prepared meals and other easy to grab-and-go snacks and breakfast items, you never have to be scrambling around to get something together again.

10. Have a few essentials with you at all times. Tylenol/Advil, your phone charger, an extra $20, etc. These may not play into your daily routine, but are necessities that can definitely save an entire day from going to shambles (you try to get past 3 p.m. with a wicked headache and nothing to take for it).

11. Make a list before you go shopping anywhere. Don’t mindlessly walk into a store and buy the same things you have at home because you forgot about them or worse, make a bunch of impulse buys to ease the stress of your day that end up messing up your finances for the rest of the month.

12. As a rule: walk when you can.

13. Give yourself reward-based incentives. It works better when you make these declarations in front of other people, or have someone hold you to your word.

14. Start single tasking. Getting one thing done at a time leaves nothing unfinished, and lets you forget about it afterwards so you can give your complete attention to the task at hand. Not to mention, completing one thing at a time gives you a sense of accomplishment, as you can see your to-do list being checked off throughout the day rather than just all at once (or not at all) at the end.

15. Don’t be so focused on the routine that you don’t get anything done. Let yourself have some ebb and flow. Don’t think about the routine as a “routine.” It’s just your life. Go live it. TC Mark

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    “Figure out how to manage “dead time.” The 20 minute periods where you can’t start new things cause you have to leave, the time you spend mindlessly surfing the web because you need a “break.”” — HAHA. sometimes people make it an excuse to surf the net or check all of their social networking site accounts as their needed “break” (which can just be a form of postponing what they’re supposed to do… Iguess this is based from my experiences and perspective—yeahp, i’m taking about me. — and then all of a sudden, they realize they’ve been spending the past hour doing just that and delaying what they were supposed to do in the first place. It’s hard to be distracted at times yet again, a pile of “things to do” to think about and do can cause ones distraction. You can’t really blame ’em. :))
    “Buy the damn latte– whipped cream and all. If you’re going to have the calories, the beginning of the day is the time to do it, and it just sets a happier tone for the rest of the day.”” — I guess this varies for people because what if that person functions better at night, right?! and coffee’s that one thing that gets him going and wide awake. :))
    “Give yourself reward-based incentives”—> this i can say is totally effective! I do this when I can’t concentrate with my readings or papers and it motivates me to finish whatever there is just so i can watch an episode or two of Awkward or The Vampire Diaries or maybe even a movie. :)

    ” Start single tasking. Getting one thing done at a time leaves nothing unfinished, and lets you forget about it afterwards so you can give your complete attention to the task at hand. Not to mention, completing one thing at a time gives you a sense of accomplishment, as you can see your to-do list being checked off throughout the day rather than just all at once (or not at all) at the end.” –> Although I have been used to the culture of multi-tasking, it’s actually better to single task because you have an assurance that you’ve already accomplished one of the many things in the “to do list” and have that peace of mind. I agree that it’ll allow you to concentrate on the other things.

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    Note to self.

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