A Powerful Daily Routine that Will Upgrade Your Life

A Powerful Daily Routine that Will Upgrade Your Life
From Lifehack - March 5, 2018

We all have habits. Big or small, healthy or unhealthy, our habits combine to form routines that play out every day for us. Most of this is done without us even having to think. Thats why even though we understand the importance of having good habits, sometimes its tough to stick to a healthy daily routine.We all have habits. Big or small, healthy or unhealthy, our habits combine to form routines that play out every day for us. Most of this is done without us even having to think. Thats why even though we understand the importance of having good habits, sometimes its tough to stick to a healthy daily routine.

Today, youll learn more about why setting a routine can be a challenge. By understanding the root causes for your behaviors, youll learn how to make changes and stick with them. Youll also discover some positive daily routines that can lead you to a healthier and happier life.

Finding and adopting the right daily routine will re-energize you and help you regain wasted time. Your mind and body will thank you for the decreased anxiety and extra care youve given it. Heres to a healthier, calmer, and higher-achieving you.

How a daily routine saves you tons of time

Your daily routine consists of all of your habits. These actions structure your day and make the difference between operating at peak efficiency and struggling to make it through a poorly-planned day.

You can have energizing, time-saving routines, or you can adopt draining, inefficient routines. The choice is up to you. Dont feel bad if you know that some unhealthy habits have crept into your day. The important thing is to recognize them so that you can make a change.

An excellent daily routine sets you up for success. If you make just one change that saves you 10 minutes per day, you can regain 60 hours of your precious time back each year.1

Having a daily routine not only makes you more efficient, it also eliminates your need to waste time deciding what to do next.2 Itll help you build good habits and break bad ones.3 It seems counter-intuitive, but adding some structure to your life can set you free.

Daily routines for a healthier, calmer, and higher-achieving you

It takes time to become the best version of yourself but Ill help you to make it easier by getting you a few healthy daily routines to follow directly:

Pick one routine to stick to first, and then gradually combine one more routine to fit into your life each week. In less than 2 months, you will be living a healthy and successful lifestyle in autopilot.

Daily routine for better health and more energy


1. Start your day with a glass of lemon water

Simply add the juice of half a lemon to your glass and drink it to enjoy a refreshing start to the day.

Lemon juice reduces your bodys acidity levels, which in turn protects you against inflammatory diseases such as fungal infections and osteoporosis.4

2. Exercise

Working out early in the morning improves your energy levels, improves your circulation, and encourages good lymphatic function. Just 20 minutes every day can make a difference! Mix up cardio and weights throughout the week for all-over toning and general health.

Getting on the scale each morning is also an effective way to monitor your weight. Dont go weeks without weighing yourself, because this allows you to remain in denial about any weight gain!5

3. Eat a good breakfast

Fuel yourself with a healthy mix of protein, slow-release carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Sensible options include yogurt with nuts and berries, a vegetable omelette, and low-sugar granola bars with a piece of fruit.

4. Stay hydrated and snack smart

Did you know that becoming even slightly dehydrated can lead to lowered mood and decreased concentration? Keep water or other low-sugar drinks on hand to sip throughout the day.6

When it comes to snacking, pick foods that will give you a slow release of energy. Pairing a protein with a complex carbohydrate is a smart choice. For example, try half an apple spread with peanut butter. Check out for more healthy snack ideas here.


5. Get a healthy lunch

Even the busiest of us can grab a healthy lunch. You just need to think ahead!

For lunch ideas you can make in advance and take with you to work, check out this post:Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

Avoid too much fat at lunch time, as it promotes afternoon lethargy, which isnt going to help you get through a busy day!7 If you are watching your weight, track everything you eat using an app like MyFitnessPal.

6. Take some mid-afternoon exercise

Most of us have a mid-afternoon slump somewhere between 2 p.m and 4 p.m, but you can keep yourself going through the day by choosing a healthy lunch and taking some moderate exercise in the afternoon. This doesnt have to strenuous. Just a 10-minute walk and a few stretches at your desk can work wonders. Check out this list of 29 exercises you can do at (or near) your desk.

At night

7. Dinner

With a plethora of meal planning apps out there, getting a quick but healthy dinner on the table has never been easier! Use an app like Mealime to help you organize your grocery list so that you always have the right ingredients to hand. Be realisticchoose something that doesnt require a lot of time or effort to throw together, otherwise you may resort to takeout.

Green vegetables are always a great choice, as they are packed with antioxidants and have an alkalinizing effect. Choose plant-based proteins such as tofu or seitan or, if you prefer animal protein, pick fish and lamb rather than beef or chicken to minimize acidity levels in the body.8

Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening, because it will prevent you sleeping soundly at night.

8. Take time to relax

Its normal to feel stressed from time to time, but high stress levels leave you vulnerable to a number of health conditions and problems including depression and elevated blood pressure.

Find a healthy activity that relaxes you, then set aside some time every day to do it! This could be journaling, reading an inspiring book, spending time with a pet, meditating, or simply taking a few minutes to remind yourself of everything that is going well in your life.

9. Take vitamin C supplement before going to sleep

Take half a teaspoon of buffered vitamin C powder in a glass of water before turning in for the night.

This is a quick, effective means of reducing the acidity in your body. It will also ensure that you go to bed well-hydrated, which will help you wake up with a clear head.

10. Go to sleep at a reasonable hour.

It sounds obvious, but if you want to feel your best then you must get enough sleep. Most experts recommend that we get between 6-10 hours of sleep per night.9 Some of us can get by on six hours, but be honest with yourselfif you feel better having had more sleep, bear it in mind when setting your alarm clock.

Turn off your phone and computer at least an hour before bed, and avoid vigorous exercise in the late evening. These measures will help you wind down when its time for sleep.

Before work

1. Make your bed in the morning

Start the day off right by making your bed. Its a quick chore that will put you in a productive, organized frame of mind.10

2. Have your workout equipment and clothing ready the night before

If you like to work out, the morning is the best time to do it! It will leave you feeling full of energy and will give you a sense of accomplishment before you leave the house. Whether you like to go for a walk, take a gym class or do yoga in your bedroom, make sure that you have all the equipment and clothing you need laid out and ready the night before.

3. Spray down and wipe the largest surfaces in the bathroom

After your morning shower, spray down and wipe the largest surfaces in your bathroom. Its much easier and more fun to do mini-cleans throughout the week than wait until the weekend!11

4. Put everything back where you found it after breakfast

When youve made your breakfast, put everything back exactly where you found itthis makes everything easier the morning after. If you notice that you are running low on a grocery item, add it to a list you can take with you next time you pass the grocery store.

5. Run through a list of your essential items before you leave the house

Before you leave the house, run through a list of your essential items such as your wallet, employee badge, water bottle, and so on. Keep a list of these items near your front door so that you can quickly check your purse or bag before heading out the door. Dont try to de-clutter or re-organize a room before work, as this will just add to your stress levels!

When you arrive at work

6. Prioritize your tasks

Make a list of tasks and decide whether they are important, urgent, both, or neither. Start with important and urgent tasks, move onto the important and non-urgent tasks, then tackle the unimportant but urgent jobs. Writing a task list gives you a sense of control.

7. Prioritize your emails

Before you start your day, spend 10 minutes prioritizing your e-mails. We all receive so many messages each day that we cant hope to reply to them all! Get into the habit of deciding which ones need your urgent attention, which are important, which are both, and which are neither.

Check your e-mails every couple of hours rather than every few minutes, because frequent interruptions will impair your concentration and productivity.

During your coffee break

8. Keep your finances on track

Take a couple of minutes to keep your finances on track. Check your bank balance, and make sure that youre sticking to your budget! You can also use apps to help you manage your money, including Mint.

9. Think about what you are going to have for dinner

Do you need to pick anything up from the grocery store on the way home? Do you need to look up a recipe? This only takes a few minutes, but a bit of planning can save a lot of time later. Why not use a meal planning app such as Mealime?

At lunchtime

10. Make personal calls or send personal emails (when necessary)

This is the perfect opportunity to make any personal calls or send personal e-mails. For example, you could schedule that dental appointment youve been putting off, or finally reply to that e-mail from your aunt. These little chores can seem overwhelming when you get home from work and just want to relax, so do them at lunch.

11. Clear your desk before you leave your desk

Take five minutes to clear your work desk before you leave for your break. It will help you feel more organized when you return.


12. Quickly review your to-do list

If you arent making as much progress as you hoped, its time to rewrite it!

13. Carry out mundane and easy tasks

If possible, carry out mundane and easy tasks such as replying to simple e-mails a couple of hours after lunch, when your energy will naturally hit a slump. In general, as the day goes on, we lose the capacity to make lots of high-level decisions.

Try to schedule your more complex tasks for the morning. On the other hand, important and urgent tasks must always take priority.

14. Neat your desk before you leave the office

Spend the last 10 minutes of your workday neatening your desk and your computer desktop. This will help you stay organized the following morning.


15. Put everything youve worn on that day the same place you took from

Before bedtime

Daily routine for more productive work

Before work

Back to work

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During daytime


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