When you hear the words “daily routine”, what immediately comes to mind? Monotony? Structure? A self-help buzzword that you’re sick of hearing about?
If you’re finding yourself either dismissing or struggling to set up a sustainable daily routine, then keep reading – because I’m going to unveil some of the daily rituals and habits of successful people that will serve you a healthy dose of inspiration!
Benefits of a daily routine
I know I’ve preached the necessity of implementing routine into your day-to-day, but let’s start by tackling the why? There are no shortage of benefits that stem from adding a bit of structure to your day – from bettering your mental and physical health, to improved performance and success-rate of achieving your goals.
Let’s take a deeper dive into what some of these benefits encompass.
When it feels like your motivation is in a deficit, having a reliable routine can make it easier to maintain your productive habits. One of the many useful tips shared in James Cleary’s book, Atomic Habits, for forming productive habits is to create a new routine and by building new habits on top of existing ones. This technique is also known as “habit stacking.” It’s easier to hold yourself accountable to following through time and time again if it’s part of your everyday process.
When you have a routine, you don’t have to lend too much of your time thinking or deciding what to do next since this has already been pre-determined. Your routine becomes a series of habits you follow; a series of actions that you move through.
3. Mood and cognitive function
Research has shown that having a daily routine can improve your mood and cognitive function. When you have an established daily rhythm of when you get up in the morning and when you go to bed, it’s also been shown to decrease the likelihood of of developing major depression and bipolar disorder.
4. Reduced stress
If you’re feeling anxious or find stress becoming a big burden on your day, let me assure you, you’re not alone. Me and stress go way back, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s better to be proactive than reactive. Engaging in routines can “reduce stress by making the situation appear more controllable and predictable”, says Indumathi Bendi, M.D., a primary care physician at Piedmont. “Preparedness is a key way to prevent stress.”
Daily routine examples
There’s definitely no shortage of benefits when it comes to engaging in routine, but hey – don’t just take my word for it. Below, I’ve rounded up a roster of some of the most influential individuals who have lent their words of advice for increased motivation and productivity.
Daily routine example for success
Tony Robbins is a renowned author, life coach, public speaker, and philanthropist that has helped millions of people transform their lives. In an article on Business Insider, Robbins shared his daily routine that consists of filling his body with healthy nutrients, his mind with motivation, and his body with energy because he’s no stranger to a 16-hour work day.
According to Business Insider, Robbins kicks off his morning with an ‘adrenal support cocktail’ which is essentially a shake composed of greens powder, Vitamin C and antioxidants. After his shake he does a 10-minute meditation Robbins called ‘priming’ which includes expressing gratitude and visualizing success. Then it’s time for his 15-minute intense workout followed by a 3-5 minute sauna to cold plunge to increase circulation. His morning exercise routine is finished off with some stretching, then followed with his breakfast of free range eggs and organic coconut bread.
Daily routine example for self-care
Gabby Bernstein is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, and “spirit junkie”. To prime herself for the right mindset every morning, she’s established a daily routine for self-care that includes meditation, exercise, and prayer.
Gabby Bernstein wrote about her morning routine her blog post What I Do to Feel Good Every Day. She starts off her morning by doing a 20-minute Transcendental Meditation which involves sitting with eyes closed and repeating a mantra. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it. To learn more, check out Gabby’s YouTube video where she and Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, talk about Transcendental Meditation and its benefits.
Following her Transcendental Meditation, Gabby does a 20-minute Emotional Freedom Technique meditation (also known as “Tapping.”) This technique involves repeatedly tapping on a pressure point in the upper body while saying out loud an issue that you’re dealing with in order to release negative emotions, stress, and limiting beliefs. Interested in trying it out yourself? Follow along with Gabby’s Emotional Freedom Technique meditation YouTube video.
Next, Gabby does an hour of exercise which varies between yoga, pilates, walking, or anything to get some movement in her morning. In the afternoon she takes a break to do another 20-minute Transcendental Mediation and finishes her day with an evening prayer.
Daily routine example for flexibility and work/life balance
Natasha Nikolaeva is the Co-founder of StretchIt, the popular stretching and flexibility video tutorial app. As a mom and entrepreneur, she’s established a daily routine that helps her maintain a healthy work/life balance.
I asked Natasha what her typical daily routine looks like and why it’s so important. “Raising a baby and running a business is impossible without motivation and discipline.” says Natasha. “That’s where my daily routine comes in handy. It helps me stay focused and get things done.”
Natasha’s day usually starts at 6am where she feeds and plays with her daughter. Then she takes a StretchIt class (guided video through the StretchIt app) while her baby sits near her. Then it’s time for a quick shower, her nanny comes to take care of her daughter, and Natasha goes to the office.
After work and errands, Natasha comes home to play with her baby, feed her, give her a bath, and help her fall asleep. Once her baby is fast asleep, she responds to messages and social media, then hops on the treadmill for 30 minutes. After that, it’s time for cleaning, cooking baby food, and planning her day for tomorrow!
Daily routine example for endurance training
Emily Rudow is the Founder of Oneiric, a Canadian-based company that specializes in base layer hockey equipment. Emily is also an avid runner. She usually runs multiple marathons per year and recently broke a world record running a half marathon every day for 74 consecutive days.
Whether Emily is working on breaking a world record or training for her next marathon, she relies on a daily regimen to help her build and improve her stamina and overall health. Having a routine helps her balance running her own business on top of preparing for marathons. It’s worth noting that while Emily has an established daily routine, she advocates for switching it up because she feels sticking to a routine too rigidly can be danger, which she outlines here: The Routine Conundrum.
I asked Emily about her daily routine (on days that she sticks to her routine). Emily starts her morning off with the drink of the Gods, a coffee. She meditates for 10 minutes followed by an hour of reading or writing. She kicks off her work day with an hour to an hour and a half of work, then takes a break for strength training which usually lasts an hour. After an hour of strength training, Emily does an 8K run followed by a cool down on the bike. Once her morning workout is compete, she continues her work day.
Morning routine example for letting go
Tanya Pavan is a healer and spiritual coach that helps people relieve stress and anxiety and gain more clarity for themselves. To help her cleanse and ground her own energy, she maintains a simple but effective daily routine.
I asked Tanya about her morning routine and its benefits for the day. “More than anything, my morning practice is a chance for me to process anything that I’ve been holding onto.” says Tanya. “I sit with myself and let my body and mind unravel itself from everything that happened yesterday. This has helped me immensely because from there, I have a clear headspace to start this new day.”
Tanya’s morning begins with a cup of green tea then sitting down to meditate. After meditating, she prays, then does some writing. After writing, Tanya does a cleansing and grounding exercise to help open her chakras and reduce anxiety. For more about cleaning and grounding, sign-up to get access Tanya’s daily cleansing and grounding exercise. To complete her morning routine, Tanya recalls all the things she’s thankful and grateful for that occurred the previous day.
Creating your own daily routine
Hopefully these daily routine examples help you create and/or improve your own daily routine. Want ideas for improving your daily routine? Looking for more resources to enhance your daily routine? Check out how to Perfect Your Morning Routine with These 10 Research Backed Steps.