Daily Routine: Admiral W. H. McRaven once made an epic speech about the importance of a daily routine and the technique for accomplishing tasks, at the graduation ceremony of students at the University of Texas, Austin.
Below is a snippet of the speech.
Some of the most organized people with a strict daily routine on the planet are military personnel. They are always on time, they carry out their tasks to the letter, they are highly self-disciplined and self-motivated, and they are very precise. Which makes some of us consider them as superhuman.
Some folks without military backgrounds have also managed to stay very organized in their daily routine activities.
If you find yourself as the complete opposite of organized, you may be wondering how military people manage it.
Some people just seem to be effortless in their organization. They always arrive on time, they have everything neatly arranged, and they always seem to know what they’re doing.
While for some of us, even getting out of bed and brushing our teeth can be a battle between the forces of good and evil.
The truth is, the people who are more organized in their daily routine practice regimental habits that the rest of us don’t – and they stick with it.
If you’re looking to be a more organized person, who is in better control of your life, you may want to duplicate the habits of highly organized people.
These habits are guaranteed to help you get your life back together, and help become a more organized person.
Permit me to quit the long talk and let’s dig into finding out habits that can make you highly organized in your daily routine.
DAILY ROUTINE TO MAKE YOU HIGHLY ORGANIZED
WAKE UP EARLY
Life starts at every military base at 03:00 hours. This isn’t done to be cruel to serving personnel but to get them up and about the day in good time.
By the time they are done with preparation and drills, they are so fit and ready for the day that whatever obstacles they may face will be crushed with such ferocity it will leave you in awe.
This may be a tough way to live especially as a civilian. But if you live with roommates or a family, waking up about 1 hour before the rest of your household can make a big difference in your ability to get ready in the morning. You won’t be fighting for bathroom space or the shower because you’ll already have a head start.
If you live alone, waking up 30 minutes before when you normally do would also give you just the right amount of time you need to make sure your morning starts out right.
As a rule of thumb, make it a duty to always wake up at 05:00 hours, the benefits are enormous.
MAKE YOUR BED FIRST, DON’T CHECK YOUR CELL PHONE
Not keeping your cell phone in your bedroom or close to your bedstand when you go to sleep has so many benefits.
Some may argue with me but the fact remains that in order to live a productive and organized life, your brain needs to tune off from the grid.
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With so much available to do on our mobile devices, it’s important not to get caught in the trap of lying in bed scrolling through your phone as the first thing you do after you wake up. (Something almost all of us are guilty of). Before you know it, you’ll be running late.
Instead of immediately reaching for your mobile device, try quickly getting out of bed and making your bed perfectly. This is one trick soldiers use and it is guaranteed to properly fire you into waking up. You’ll feel happier and more relaxed having accomplished that task, and you’d be ready to get out and start your day.
DO SOME EXERCISE YOU ENJOY
In the morning, give yourself a small time frame to do some exercise that your body really needs. This activity gets your blood flowing and releases hormones that leave you balanced and logical for the rest of the day.
If you do not have gym equipment at home or can’t afford a gym subscription, there are mobile apps that can help you with an exercise daily routine. My personal favorite is a simple app called Home Workouts – No Equipments and you can download it here.
You can also engage in drawing, reading, or even listening to some good music as a meditative daily routine.
However, there needs to be a time limit. Only allow ten to thirty minutes of this indulgence before getting on with the rest of your morning.
You’ll get a boost of energy from doing something you enjoy, while still keeping yourself accountable and on track.
HAVE A REGIMENT YOU FOLLOW WITH DISCIPLINE
I once enrolled in three weeks simulated military camping and one thing I observed was that we were made to complete our morning routine in the same order every single day.
The more that we completed our routine in the same order, the easier it was for us to get up every morning and keep the rhythm. (Even in bone-chilling cold weather).
This is why at a hairs breath, a soldier can go from having a normal day to being fully combat ready in a matter of minutes.
It is a general saying that practice makes perfect. The more you practice completing a task, the less you’ll have to consciously think about each step. (These days I just sit down and blog away, it wasn’t so easy in the beginning).
What once seemed like a challenge will soon feel more like second nature if you regimentally keep at it.
BE REALISTIC & FOCUSED ABOUT YOUR SET GOALS
It is totally OK, trying to change your entire routine at the drop of the hat but in most cases, this may only lead to more stress. (Something you absolutely don’t need).
However, setting realistic goals will help you achieve all the things that need to be done in record time. Work on one habit that you want to change or improve on, and once you have that down, you’ll be ready to move onto the next one with the confidence of the other accomplished task.
Once you have a habit established, you won’t have to work on keeping it, which will give you the power to start working on another one. Organized people keep realistic goals for themselves so that they can stay on top of things without worrying.
When you start to do this, you’ll find that it takes less effort to get out of bed and get your daily routine done. This means that if you’re chronically late or highly disorganized, you’ll start to be more organized and on time, and you’d be proud of your new daily routine.
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