Daily routines are what keep you focused and moving forward even when you face challenges.

I am in lockdown, and many things are not normal for me right now; however, on the days I determine to stick to a routine and some sort of schedule, I am far more productive, feel in control, and mentally and emotionally, I am more stable.

A daily routine is important because it enables you to take back control and move in the right direction even in the midst of limiting or difficult circumstances. It empowers you to achieve, move forward, and enjoy your day.

“You never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to your success is found in your daily routine” – John Maxwell

Here are some ideas to help you create a routine for success:

1. Order your day set a daily schedule to maximize your time and effectiveness. Buy or download a diary and set some boundaries and guidelines for your day and plan what you desire to achieve. “redeem your time.”

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

Having consistent behaviours every day (or week) enables you to make the things you do habits. But make sure what you choose to focus on serves your goals and dreams because “having a routine is great if it serves your goals. If it’s not doing that, it’s called a rut”. – J La Jaunie

2. Spend time reading and studying the bible – some days you may spend more time than others but discipline yourself to read at least a little every day.

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)

“All Scripture is breathed by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

3. Encourage someone and talk to someone who encourages you

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thess 5:11)

“Anxious fear brings depression, but a life-giving word of encouragement can do wonders to restore joy to the heart.” (Proverbs12:25 TPT)

4. Give away something every day – maybe a kind word, a coffee or a meal. Look to be a blessing and generous in some way every day.

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)

A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” (Proverbs 18:16)

5. Do something every day that moves you toward fulfilling your goals – it may be working on a project, a phone or conference call, or researching your next move. It’s consistency that will keep you moving forward towards fulfilling your goals.

In consistency lies the power, or as Bruce Lee said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee – Martial arts expert, actor, and director)

6. Exercise – Go for a walk, do a workout, get your heart pumping- your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Look after it, and it will enable you to run your race well.

7. Do something fun and creative – it’s important to do things you love, it’s makes you glad and appreciative of the fact you are alive.

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” – Howard Thurman

There is never enough time to do everything, but there is enough time to do the important things.

I encourage you to make the most of the time you have been blessed with. Create and stick to a daily routine and go smash out those goals.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for this day and all that you have planned for me to accomplish in it. Would you please help me measure my days wisely and make the most of every opportunity to know you more, pursue your purpose for me, and fulfil my dreams? In Jesus name Amen.