Power up your productivity with routines

Entrepreneur and business mentor Rebecca Newenham discusses the value of planning and preparing for the day ahead to make every minute count

Power up your productivity with routines

Do you have specific morning and evening routines? Many of us are guilty of bad habits, like pressing snooze too much, being on our phone in the evenings and waking up and checking our phone straight away. A phone is an important business and personal tool, but it can also be distracting.

Implementing a new daily routine could make all the difference. Preparing for the day ahead the night before means you are ready to show up in the morning and be at your best.

Here’s an example of my evening routine:

  • work out what I am wearing the next day
  • get out my exercise gear, so I am fully prepared and ready to go
  • check my diary so I know what I am doing the next day
  • leave my phone to charge downstairs
  • read a book (a real, actual, physical one)
  • set my alarm for when I need to get up

And my morning routine:

  • as soon as the alarm sounds, get up – no more snoozing!
  • make my bed before I go downstairs
  • avoid looking at my phone for as long as I can
  • say three things I am grateful for

Simple changes can make a big difference. By implementing a daily routine like this, you may feel much more energised and able to focus on the day ahead.

Extending this approach into weekly routines can make your whole working week more productive and manage that vital balance between work and family life.

Here are some suggestions:

  • plan some exercise into your diary ahead of anything – whether it’s a lunchtime walk, a body pump class or an early morning swim, mental and physical health comes first
  • use Calendly to book slots in your diary – protect your time by blocking out things that need to be done, when
  • make sure your week involves a mix of activities – for me, that’s about a balance of face-to-face and virtual meet-ups, so I get out of the house and don’t spend all day staring at a screen
  • arrange a social activity during the week, like breakfast at Cote with a friend. You might be amazed how much more productive you can be at work if you know you’re making time for friends too

There is no perfect routine for everyone. We are all unique and different things will work for other people. But I highly recommend listening to Mel Robbin’s podcasts on routines and encourage you to think about how you can prepare for the day ahead in a positive way.

Morning routines – https:/www.melrobbins.com/podcasts/episode-40

Evening routine https:/www.melrobbins.com/podcasts/episode-38

It’s not rocket science, but we all need a reset from time to time. The perfect routine can help you get on the right path to a happier, more productive future.

Rebecca Newenham
Rebecca Newenham