Recently we looked at this list of 15 things put together by John Rampton which may be holding you back from financial freedom. The list is :
- Living Above Your Means
- Lack Of Determination
- Neglecting your Health
- Purchasing a Home
- Relying on One Source Of Income
- Wasting Valuable Time
- Not Acting on Your Ideas
- Not Reading
- Fear and Negativity
- Not Setting Goals
- Avoiding Routine
- Not Collecting Assets
- Spending Time with Toxic People
- Failing to Follow to Allocate your finances (70/30 rule)
- Not Having A Mentor
Today we are going to look at the eleventh - avoiding routine ...
Firstly, this is not about removing every aspect of spontaneity from your life, nor becoming a rigid, time bound control freak. It is about building in a structure, something which you can always follow an rely on to give your life form.
Just like a sailing ship, around structure you can build the fun, flexibility and aspects which lead to a varied and fulfilling day, but without it, there is a tendency to lack direction, drift about, and eventually run aground amidst chaos.
What ever your priorities are, and things 'which have to be done to day (things that REALLY DO have to be done), these can be the foundations of your routine. We all read of super-humans getting up a 4am, and doing the most incredible things, and for them, it works. I am not saying that this is necessary for everyone (but actually I have found that early morning exercise is a great springboard for the day) and you will find your own structure. That is the key thing, finding what really works for you.
My typical week day (weekend mornings are for all four of us snuggling in bed together first thing in the morning) aims to be :
04:54 - Wake
05:15 - Preparing to go running or for a yoga session
06:00 - Shower followed by meditation, intentional reading & writing
07:00 - Family breakfast, followed by taking our daughters to school
09:00 - Starting office and client work (this part of the day also has it's own structure)
16:00 - Collect our daughters from school & spend time with them
20:00 - Both children asleep in bed (sometimes this is rather aspirational)
22:00 - Heading for bed
Obviously this is the 'ideal' day, something which within our Serenity planning process we discuss with clients, when after focusing on what is their true priorities, we can compare their existing day to their ideal day (the same goes for weeks, and years - although the ideal years usually take considerably more work to get closer to)
Some work to do here is :
Figure out your own priorities each day - your 'things that have got to be done' every day.
With this in mind, start to think where in your 24 hours you can best do them - some people just cannot function before 7, yet are at their most creative after 10pm, indeed I have one client who cannot see me before 1pm, because he just cannot get going until very late morning.
Once you have your preferred times in place, now start to build the structure, something which you can follow daily until you no longer have to think about it.
Suddenly, after a few weeks, everything should seem a lot easier - less stress in the timeline of your day because everything is going to happen when it should happen (also you are far more mindful of your priorities in life)
look at the world's successful people, and they all have a routine. OK 4am may be a little extreme to start the day, but a routine gives you something to fall back to when times are tough - familiarity