My Daily Routines
Each day is a different journey, but my routines give it structure. I follow daily, weekly and monthly routines to keep some order in my life.
To not forget or “not have the time” to do the important things I know I need to do in my life, I make them a part of my day.
My daily routines are not things I try to make time for — they are part of my day, just like breakfast, lunch and dinner. These routines are what works for me and without them I would be pretty stressed out by the end of the week.
These regimes help me live a stylish life and keep some work-life balance.
If you’re looking for some routines to add to your day so you can live a happier, stylish and stress-free life, then read on, and I hope one of these tips gets added to your daily routines.
1. Wake up Early
I bet you hear this a lot. The early bird gets the worm. Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it. Become a morning person. There are a lot of quotes, posts, books, lists and tons of tips of why you need to become a morning person and I used to really dislike hearing about it.
I was not a morning person. I would stay up until 2 am if I had to, but I would not wake up early. I always thought I worked better at night but once I made the transition, I realized how wrong I was.
I’m not going to say it was easy. Making a routine of waking up early takes time and persistence. It might take you a week, a month or two to make it a habit but once you do you’ll love it. You will get more done and feel more energized by mid-day.
I wake up at 5 am. I know what I’m going to do from the moment I wake up. I know why I’m waking up early and what I’m going to do with my time.
In order to become a morning person, you need to have an intent. You can’t just say, “I’m going to start waking up early,” because it doesn’t mean anything to you, and you won’t do it. Think about why you want to wake up early and write it down in a journal, say it before going to sleep, keep that reason top of mind.
Do you want to wake up early to write? Read? Work on a side business? Work out?
Whatever your motivation is for waking up early, ingrain it in your mind so it gives you that extra push in the morning when it’s cold, dark and all you want to do is stay in your warm covers.
2. Simple Routine for Beautiful Hair
I get asked this question a lot and I don’t want to disappoint, but I really don’t do much to my hair. I have a pretty simple hair care routine.
I use Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner to keep my hair hydrated and always feeling soft. (It even helps protect my hair from future damage!) My hair gets a little dry in the winter so in order to keep it healthy and looking gorgeous I also use the Pantene Pro-V Expert 60 Second Therapy Ampoules from time to time.
Here are a couple of hair tips I do when using Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner. After I shampoo my hair, I apply conditioner and leave it for about five minutes instead of rinsing it off immediately. I give the conditioner the best chance of moisturizing my hair and leaving it feeling silky soft once rinsed.
If I have any tangles, I use a wide tooth comb and carefully comb out the knots with the conditioner still in my hair as it will be less susceptible to breakage. Lastly, the Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner works great as a frizz tamer if you don’t have any hairspray or anti-frizz crème available. (Using one product for multiple purposes is great when traveling and you don’t have many hair products available!)
I wash my hair after my workouts and let it air dry. I only blow dry my hair when I’m in a rush and I need my hair to dry quickly.
I usually wear my hair “natural” meaning I don’t use a curling iron or other tools. I pull my hair back with a clip instead of wearing it in a ponytail. Wearing my hair up in a ponytail gives me headaches and also causes a lot of my hair to fall out and break so I try to avoid that.
When I style my hair, like the photo in this post, I use a large barrel curling iron and curl all my hair away from my face. I add some spray shine, hairspray, and that’s it.
I also get hair trims around every 4 months or so.
I should mention that my hair is natural. It’s not dyed or chemically altered in any way. I stopped dyeing my hair my freshman year in college and kept it natural ever since.
3. Write Your Goals Daily
Do you have goals? Of course, you do! Write your goals down in a journal daily!
Every morning while I drink my cup of coffee I write down the goals I want to accomplish this year and five years from now.
This is what keeps me motivated every day! Writing down my goals daily keeps them top of mind and it’s the reason I work so hard every day. The activities I do in a day have to align with achieving the goals I write down every morning.
I started doing this in November 2013, and I have not stopped since I started. I have one journal just for writing my goals.
Meditation is still something I’m working on doing. It’s not a routine yet, but it’s starting to be. It’s one of those things that feel weird at the beginning as you’re not sure if you’re doing it right.
I got the app Headspace to help me out. This app walks you through the steps in making meditation a part of your everyday.
Meditation improves concentration, better health, stronger connection to self, and it keeps you level headed.
These are all things I would want, and I’m strongly working on making meditation a part of my everyday. Like waking up early, it takes time, but I already see the benefits.
5. 10,000 Steps a Day
No two people can fit into the same bubble, and the universal 10,000 steps a day might not be great for some but fantastic for others.
10,000 steps a day originated in 1960s Japan, which is completely different from the world we live in now.
If you eat healthy and are active, 10,000 steps is great. But if you’re working on improving your health, 10,000 steps might not be enough.
For me, I use walks to break up my day. When I need a break, usually after lunch and before dinner, I go for a walk with Peter.
10,000 steps is a number Peter and I try to pass every day and we’re easily able to accomplish this because of our walks.
6. Read Daily
I have a list of books that I want to read and in order to check a book off the list, I read daily.
Reading daily doesn’t mean sitting down and reading for an hour every day but it’s making the time for it every day even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
I primarily read business and personal development books. At this point in my life, I’m working on building my business so I’m learning the things needed in order to grow successfully.
The main tip I can give you is to make sure you love what you read and read every day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
7. CrossFit Workouts
I admit it. I am a CrossFit fanatic. It’s difficult, hard to get through and pushes you to your limits. It’s the perfect workout for this point in my life.
I need a workout that keeps my mind off of my business and things that need to get done. In CrossFit I don’t think about anything else but the workout. There isn’t a chance to. An hour goes by so quickly and before you know what hit you you’re lying on the floor trying to catch your breath.
CrossFit and sometimes yoga are what I do for my exercise. It gets you wickedly strong, and you can’t help but feel empowered!
I started doing CrossFit March of this year, and there are many things I’ve learned along the way. If you’re on the fence about joining a CrossFit box, read 10 Things I Learned from my First Month of CrossFit.
If you’re already doing some of these things in your life, great!
If you’re thinking about adding these routines to your life, think about what’s holding you back. Is it your effort? Time? Motivation? The best thing you can do is take it one day at a time. Start today and if you don’t do it tomorrow, that’s ok, just do it the next day.
I hope these tips help you look at daily routines in a new light.
Disclosure: “This post was sponsored by Pantene through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Pantene, all opinions are my own.”