Do you crave stability in your life? Wish you had a little more structure in your schedule? When you stick to a similar schedule and routine each week, you can actually make time for the things that matter to you. Structure helps you stay focused and get things done.
During weeks when my workload feels hectic, having daily and weekly routines means I don’t have to play catch-up or wing everything. There’s nothing wrong with winging it, but I feel more at peace when I’m prepared with a plan.
Lack of structure can make us feel unmotivated and distracted and often leads to you doing everything at the last minute. Of course, flexibility is important, but structure is necessary for creating a sense of stability and balance in your life.
Today, I’m sharing 5 ways you can build structure into your weekly and daily schedule so you can feel less stressed and more prepared!
Habits are sacred because they give deliberate structure to our lives. Structure gives us a sense of security. And that sense of security is the ground of meaning. – Robert Fulghum
5 Ways to Create More Structure In Life
If you’re looking to add more structure into your schedule too, here are a few ideas to make it happen:
1. Create batch/theme days
Batching is the process of grouping similar tasks together to streamline your workload. When you work on similar tasks together, it’s easier to get in the zone and stay focused. For example, I use Tuesdays to write my blog content because I know I can write uninterrupted for most of the day. If you take a closer look at your weekly schedule, you’ll notice that you do similar tasks each week. See if there’s a way you can theme or batch your days so you always have a game plan for the week.
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2. Plan your week on a Sunday
If you find yourself totally unprepared for Mondays, try planning your week ahead of time. I use Sundays to prepare for the week so my life feels a little more organized. This is the perfect time to see what’s on your calendar and make sure you have your ducks in a row.
I check my calendar and emails to see what blog posts I need to write, which projects are due, and any scheduled appointments. Here’s a list of 20 productive things you can do on a Sunday to prepare for the week ahead.
I don’t think that scheduling is uncreative. I think that structure is required for creativity. – Twyla Tharp
3. Plan your day the night before
Even if you’ve already planned out your week, it’s important to plan out some of the details of your day as well. This will help you stay on track and figure out exactly what you need to accomplish by the end of the day. I recommend choosing your top three priorities for the day and scheduling them in time blocks. Here’s a tutorial explaining how I do this.
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4. Stick to an intentional morning routine
Routines create consistency in our schedules, help with time management, and encourage us to build healthy habits. My morning routine keeps me sane, especially when I’m overwhelmed with my to-do list. Even if the rest of my day is terrible, I can feel good knowing I did a few things in the morning to take care of myself. If you want to start your own morning routine, there’s a simple framework you can follow in this post.
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5. Make time for self-care
Of course, I have to remind you of the importance of scheduling self-care into your schedule. Once you’ve planned out your week with appointments and to-dos, it’s vital that you plan some downtime to recoup. Take a look at your schedule and pencil in your favorite self-care activities or time to do absolutely nothing.
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How do you create structure in your life?
Structuring your weekly and daily schedule is a great way to feel more at ease with your to-do list. Batching your days, planning ahead, and creating routines are all simple ways to make this happen.
I’m curious to know if structure is important to you and how you structure your schedule. Leave a comment below with your thoughts!
If you need help creating structure in your life, I’d love to help you design your ideal routines, schedules, and habits to reduce stress and burnout. Learn more here.
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