10 Tips for a Better Daily Routine

Establish a Better Daily Routine

We've talked extensively about how establishing a solid, workable daily routine can help you get more done.  Now let's put one into practice with these ten ways you can instantly improve your daily routine from getting dressed more quickly in the morning to fitting in exercise.

It's important--very important--that you take these tips and customize them to your lifestyle--not the other way around. 

  • 01 of 10

    Get dressed more quickly in the morning.

    Woman trying on dress in mirror
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    Lay out your work and work-out clothes the night before. This is much easier when you have organized closets and bureaus. How to Organize Your Closet.

  • 02 of 10

    Make breakfast easier.

    Lemon Recipes
    Lemon Recipes. Photo / Stuart Ovenden
    Quick to prepare, quick to clean up, and can be made to-go, I recommend the following from our Busy Cooks Guide:
    • Make-Ahead breakfast or a,
    • Get Going breakfast.
  • 03 of 10

    Harness your most productive hours.

    Desk with Books and Calendar
    Desk with Books and Calendar. Photo / Josh Beggs

    You've got to be ready to harness your creative energy when it strikes and that may mean shifting your work hours, or figuring out a way to capture your best thoughts on-the-go. 

    • If you’re at your desk during those times, limit distractions: don’t schedule meetings, answer the phone, log onto Facebook, or check email. 
    • If you can’t be at your desk during those times, carry a small notebook with you to jot down notes and ideas, or tape yourself with your smart phone. 
  • 04 of 10

    Declutter your home regularly.

    Home Organization Magazines - Martha Stewart Living Magazine
    Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Martha Stewart Living Magazine

    Establishing a weekly routine to declutter your home will cut down on stress and in-grain decluttering as a habit. I just happen to have already created two routines you can use to keep your home clutter-free and organized:


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  • 05 of 10

    Organize your kitchen pantry and cabinets.

    Hanging Pots and Pans from Ariannabelle.com
    Hanging Pots and Pans from Ariannabelle.com. Photo from Ariannabelle.com

    Organizing your kitchen cabinets will streamline meal preparation, and will cut down on the amount of times the words, “Mom, where does this go?” will be heard in your kitchen. Win-win.

  • 06 of 10

    Have a good mail management system.

    Bamboo desk set from Franklin Covey. Bamboo desk set from Franklin Covey

    I used to dread dealing with mail and now I secretly, sort-of enjoy the process because I shred and recycle so much of it. How to Manage Mail

  • 07 of 10

    Streamline your morning and evening grooming routines.

    Silver Mesh Vanity Organizer by Design Ideas
    Silver Mesh Vanity Organizer by Design Ideas. Photo / Design Ideas
    I’ve been reading Allure magazine for years and I think if I followed every piece of advice I’d be applying potions and creams for about 60 minutes before bed at night and prior to my morning make up application. There is a simpler way:


    • Our Make Up Expert has a great routine to Look Professional in 5 Minutes 
    • And our Beauty Expert has a great Basic Skin Care Routine
  • 08 of 10

    Follow a checklist.

    Clipboard by The Macbeth Collection
    Clipboard by The Macbeth Collection. Photo / The Macbeth Collection

    I'm a huge fan of checklists, mostly because I enjoy crossing things off my To Do list. So satisfying. Daily Routine Checklist.

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  • 09 of 10

    Prioritize exercise.

    Bike Wall Mount
    Bike Wall Mount. Photo / The Container Store

    Exercise is practically a fountain of youth and should be highly prioritized in your schedule. Here are several ways to work exercise into your daily routine from our Exercise Expert.

  • 10 of 10

    Get your pets on a schedule.

    Boot Storage in the Mudroom
    Boot Storage in the Mudroom. Photo / Wall Street Journal

    Walking, feeding, and grooming pets at the same time each day will provide them structure they crave.

    Here are some tips from our Puppies Guide.