Editors Note: This is a guest post by my good friend Drew Butler.

 

We all go about our days in different manners that work for each individual person. Yet in my own experience, there are two ways to go

about ones daily life.

One is to wake up, and proceed from activity to activity without a plan,
without conscientiously acknowledging time, and  without any sort of
structure.

The other is to wake up, set goals, plan your day, consciously
acknowledge time, and increase your productivity in ways you never
would have thought possible.

A Runners Perspective

While I acknowledge the fact that waking up at noon, rolling out of
bed and grabbing some cereal, then proceeding to watch a movie and nap
all day isn’t the worst thing in the world, getting into a habit of
that routine is a quick way to fall into a slump and never maximize
your potential.

As a runner, I recently went on an extended break from training after
a long season. I fell into the habit of waking up late, not
exercising, and living a non structured life. I went through the motions without really thinking about what I was doing.

The ironic thing is that even though I was sleeping more, I was much
more tired. I ended up getting sick, not feeling my best, and
realizing something was missing.

Although the break was necessary, when I finally got back into
training, my prior habits had a negative impact on my being. My poor diet
choices, which stemmed from not planning my day and eating on the fly,
made running much tougher because my body was not at its best. I also
was very lazy, often hitting the snooze button in the morning
and skipping important training runs all together.

When I finally realized I needed some change I began to put structure back into my day.

I set a strict training regimen and began feeling like my old self
while running. I began waking up early and finding extra time to
complete chores or other tasks I had set for myself. I changed my diet
to three meals a day that were more nutritious and I instantly began
feeling more energy.

It’s remarkable what simple changes can do.

I honestly feel all of these improvements in my life came as a result
of finding a healthy, balanced routine.

Creating Your Own Routine

Think about what is important for you to feel good about your day and
make sure you get that done at all costs.

Take time to really think of what habits and food help to get you at your
best.

The truth is: You know what makes you feel best.

Because you feel better if you eat really nutritious meals, buy those
groceries and prepare them on the weekend so you can make it easy for
yourself to improve on your diet. But don’t stop there.

Wake up early and go for a jog, swim, or maybe lift some weights.

Exercising increases your energy and helps you become more productive throughout the day.

Find something that gets you going.

 

Write or type out goals or tasks and post it somewhere that you will
see it all the time. In the end, your commitment to your routine is
entirely up to you. You create your own success.The more effort you put in the more you will receive.

The key to a happy and successful day lies in your ability to plan out your days in an
organized fashion.

Watch out for your routine becoming mundane and repetitive. Allow for
flexibility and spontaneity to run through your life. If you feel
your routine is becoming unnatural scrap it and start anew. The most
important thing is to become more productive while not becoming a robot.

Stop hitting snooze, set some goals, and start realizing your true
potential in life!

Drew Butler is a sometimes cynical, sometimes optimistic, recently
recharged 18 year old incoming freshman at the
University of Arkansas. He dedicates this post to his recently
deceased grandmother, a lifelong teacher and lover of reading.