Writer Stephen King, commits to writing two thousand words a day, and usually he does so between 8 am to 11:30 am every day. Swimmer Michael Phelps, gets up and does warm up exercises and creative visualization exercises every day before competition. Twitter and Square Founder Jack Dorsey, who had worked 8 hours per day at each company, created the “themed” day, where he worked on one area per day, such as product development. On Saturday he has a free day, and Sunday he sets aside for reflection, strategy, feedback and planning for the next week.
Benjamin Franklin, who helped write the US Constitution, and was the inventor of Bifocals, and the lightning Rod, asked two questions every day, “What good shall I do today?” and “What good have I done today?” Every day, he also had morning routine for himself of what he called an ‘Air Bath.’ In which he sat in the very cold air as a way to purify himself, and open his imagination.
Albert Einstein, the physicist who developed, The Theory of Relativity, took a daily walk. He lived in the present moment. He focused intensely on a task at hand. Apple Computer inventor, Steve Jobs looked in the mirror every day and asked the same question to himself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today? If the answer was no, he would change his intention for the day. Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the electric motor and laser, walked up to eight to ten miles per day, he avoided acidic foods, and he used a technique of creative visualization called a mind box, in which he could fully design and manipulate a thought version of his invention to completion prior to him building it.
A daily routine is important as a catalyst, which leads to tasks of productivity and creativity. Your natural rhythm decides the order which works best for you and there is no right or wrong. Instead of thinking about what to do next put it into your daily schedule. Gary Keller who founded Keller Williams Realty stated, “If it’s not in your schedule it doesn’t exist.”
Consistent daily tasks are accumulative. Stephen King, has written 55 books, and several short stories, by consistently writing two thousand words per day. Nikola Tesla’s many amazing inventions are still impacting the world.
As a yoga teacher for the past twenty years, I have a daily routine to stretch each morning for ten minutes, and then before I go to sleep I do another ten minutes. Every night before I get into bed, I wash my feet, because I believe that a cleanse discharges any accumulation of negative energy. Along with that habit, I wash under my finger nails and toe nails which I feel has kept me healthy and free of germs.
As a real estate sales person, I know that every day I have to lead generate to bring in the income that I want. So I consistently research owners, and businesses to find good phone numbers. I make daily calls, I walk and talk to potential owners, and sellers. I practice my presentations, so that I’m ready. Each day, I make time, to meditate and visualize what I want as results. I also practice, in my mind how it will feel when I complete the task, and feel the reward when it’s done. (The winning of a prize, earn a commission, find a really tough phone number, do a masterful presentation and get a listing.)
I’ve always had the ability and desire to write, and now, I’m making a daily routine to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to write. The writing part doesn’t always happen, because my mind says go back to bed, check your e-mail, read the news because you don’t have anything to write. The alarm goes off, and I get to my desk. I’m establishing a pattern and routine. The writing will come. First, I need to be sitting at my desk, and not dreaming. Daily, I say, “This is me trusting myself. The work that I’m doing is paying off.”
My daily practice and routines makes me confident, happy and relaxed. Because of daily routines, I have accomplished many of my personal goals. If you desire more productivity, and to pass milestones, set up your daily routines. Remember if it’s not in your schedule it doesn’t exist. Time can only do one thing. It will pass into another moment; which becomes another day and another year.
If you are doing daily habits that are sabotaging, downright unhealthy and dangerous, stop and create new daily habits. Instead of reaching for the food, take a walk, write a journal entry. Put down the daily shot of whiskey, tequila or a needle and pray or meditate instead, lift light weights, or get out for some air. If you are watching content that is polluting your mind, and heart, choose to watch something that is 100% positive, uplifting and no one gets hurt.
Daily habitual routines create the real long-term results. Ordinary moments done daily, are just ordinary. Put all the ordinary together, and you might end up with extraordinary. An extraordinary life, income, practice, and amazing results beyond anything that you had previously achieved. Right now, decide upon one daily activity and commit to it.
Katheryn Hoban is a modified yoga instructor teaching for twenty three years. She is a real estate agent with Keller Williams City Views and author. She writes about business, goals, self-development, training, modified yoga, psychic development, productivity, team building, self-defense, children’s safety, real estate investing, community development and more.