To have a routine means you must be organised, and being organised, simply means you get things done. Without realising we all fall into a routine whether it’s having breakfast at your desk every morning or making sure you always walk the same way to work. But these routines that might feel a little mundane can actually have a very positive effect on your motivation and productivity, especially within the creative industry.
There are many factors that contribute to your daily routine, but the basic ones that keep us alive seem to be the most important. Sleeping, eating and exercising.
It all starts when we’re not even awake. Sleep is one of the most important factors in anyone’s daily routine. Having a structured sleeping pattern (body clock) helps your body fall into a deeper sleep, where your body and mind can fully recover and prepare themselves for the day ahead. When your body clock is in sync, the mind knows when it needs to get up and start functioning, even if your bodies not quite ready.
When it comes to eating it’s pretty simple, eating at structured times throughout the day and giving yourself a good breakfast gives you the energy your body needs. It’s also a good idea to have a break around these times and take yourself away from your desk, reinforcing the fact that your desk is where you knuckle down, not where you relax and eat. This will improve your working mindset, plus looking at your screen for too long can cause some annoying headaches over time!
Exercise is solely up to you, but I highly recommend it, especially an early gym session in the morning as this is when your brain is actually most productive. You can read more about how exercise can help feed your creativity here.
Having a structured routine eradicates the stress of continuous decision making throughout your day, not having to continuously juggle jobs and tasks allows you to solely focus on your work. Giving your clients exactly what they paid for, which is your time.
Plan your days so that you’re not wasting this precious time, use it effectively, create a list and prioritise. In the last few months we have started using Strikebase, an online project management tool that helps us to do this. It not only keeps us organised but it also allows for everyone in the studio to keep up to date with each other’s progress. It has now become an important part of our daily routines and we now find it’s a brilliant way to help keep our studio running smoothly. Along side using Strikebase we also have a good old-fashioned printed weekly workflow sheet, which indicates in more detail our weekly plan and on top of that I still write myself a to-do list every morning!
Having an organised daily routine can seriously help your productivity. It’s about ditching those bad habits and realising that small change to your daily routine can have big effects at work. So maybe try going to bed 15 minutes early or simply writing a constructive to-do list first thing in the morning and remember most importantly, everyone’s routine is different, so find out what works best for you.
If you do make any changes to your daily routine this year, we would love to hear about it below.