7 Easy Tips on How to Structure Your Day

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 29, 2016

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If you missed last week’s post, I shared “A Day in my Life” where I talk about what a typical weekday looks like for me. I was happy to say that I received a ton of comments about my organization, and how I structure my day.

“You have a busy day!” “You’re so disciplined!” and “You’re so organized!” were some of the comments that were repeated on this post. So I thought you would enjoy reading how I structure my day and still find time for my passions, time to relax, etc.

First, let me say that no one is perfect. For the most part, I am disciplined with sticking to my routine, staying on top of my to-do list, and being productive. However, there have been days where I come home exhausted and treat myself to cookies, a book and my couch. This is okay! Don’t ever feel like you can’t stray away from your routine because you don’t want to lose your drive. If you truly love what you do, you’ll never lose that ambition.

Now, let’s talk about how you can structure your day without losing sleep, and still find time to relax each day. You can guarantee you’ll add a little bliss to your life when you apply these tips to you daily routine.

1|What are your goals?

What do you want to truly accomplish out of your daily routine? Are you trying to make your blog a business? Are you hoping to change your career? Do you want to have more time for yourself? Once your set aside what your main goals are, it will be much easier to pick and choose how you should spend your time, and how you should structure your day altogether.

2| How Are You Wasting Time?

I encourage everyone to try this at least two or three days out of the week. Find a piece of paper, and write down how you spend your time in one-hour increments throughout the day. You must include everything from showering, cooking, cleaning, spending time on social media, driving to work, watching Netflix, etc. Now, ask yourself what’s really important. Do you need to watch three hours of Game of Thrones every night? How can you better spend your time, so that you’re working toward your goals.

3| Break It Down

Let’s get to the actual planning. Get out a piece of paper (or planner) and structure your day based on what’s most important to achieving your goals or what you’re passionate about. For me, I want time to blog and work on growing my blog without losing focus on my full-time job or time for self care. I break down blogging into separate increments each day. I share blog posts on social media and comment/read other blogs every morning from 7:30 to 8 a.m. This leave time to take photos, write, edit in the evening, which I typically do on Tuesdays and Thursdays or the weekends.

4| Set Timers

I love to set timers. If I blog, I set aside an hour or two so I don’t let it consume my entire evening. For workouts, I have a timer counting down the minutes. I’m not saying you should set a timer for everything, but only for specific tasks you know that you’ll get distracted and lose track of time. Then, you can monitor your time easily, and you’ll still have time for other tasks each day.

5| What Works For Your Lifestyle?

Another huge component you need to take into consideration is your lifestyle. Do you start work at 6 a.m. or at 1 p.m. When you start your day, do you have to workout, or do you get up and go right to work? This will mostly be dependent on your career. If you work part-time for five hours, you have a little more wiggle room for other activities in comparison to someone who works for eight or nine hours a day. Consider your work schedule, time with loved ones, time for yourself, etc. when you’re going to structure your day.

6| Know Your Limits

I personally could not wake up, get ready, blog, go to work until 5, workout for an hour, cook, eat dinner, clean, and blog some more all while doing the other things I love and giving myself time to relax. That’s why I do different tasks on Mondays/Wednesdays in comparison to the tasks I do on Tuesdays/Thursdays. You can check back on “A Day In My Life” to see this. Find out what is too much for you to handle, and plan accordingly.

7| Trial And Error

If you have spent time creating a plan for structuring your day and find out your hate itโ€”do not worry! This is completely fine. It’s okay if you have a trial and error period for structuring your daily routine. It will help you along the way to determine what will be best for your if you need to try something new, or change a section of your routine. Soon, you will find the routine that works best for you, your life and that will help you accomplish your goals!

I hope this help you all learn more about how you can structure your day to maximize your time, and stay on track of your goals you want to accomplish.

How do you structure your day or restructure your day? What do you want to change about your daily routine specifically? Make sure to leave your comments below!

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  • These are all really great tips! I definitely keep a schedule and break all my tasks down (to do lists make my world go round). Knowing limits is an especially important one!!

    • Thank you, Farrah! I would go past my limits everyday–and I realized I needed to spend my time for effectively, so I wouldn’t stress out or burn out after one day!

  • Nicole C.

    So helpful! Trying to come up with a productive schedule each day and these tips were great. XO, Nicole // http://www.empirestyles.com

  • Ivanna

    These are all great tips. my calendar and alarms are my best friends when it come to structuring. I also use an app called swipes that lets you check off daily tasks as you go. Great post.

    • Thank you, Ivanna! I’ll have to check out that app. I am old fashioned when it comes to writing things down. But I’ll always try out an app.

  • I read so much about how to structure your day, how to de-stress, how to live fully and I don’t do even one of those things. I think I really need to start with at least what you’ve written. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much for your comment! I truly appreciate knowing that you’ve enjoyed reading this post. Please let me know if any of these tips help you!

  • These are great tips. I feel so much better and I’m so much more productive when I have structure in my day.

    • Thank you, Wendy! I think we are secretly the same person when it comes to productivity and planning out our days!

  • Great tips! I’ve done the setting a timer thing a few times and found it really helpful!

    • Thank you, Rachel! Setting a timer has helped me so much with doing several things in one evening.

  • Such great tips!! Planning my daily goals always help prioritize and get things done!

  • This is such a great post Kiara! I definitely think the first one is so crucial. You have to know what goals you have first before you can really tackle prioritizing. I also like the idea of tracking everything you do to understand what “time wasters” you have going on in your daily routine. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Cara! Your comment and kind feedback means so much! I will say that when I track where I waste my time–it wasn’t pretty, but it was a huge wake up call to change how I spend my time.

  • Such great tips! I really need to work on implementing some of these.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Thanks, Jenny! Let me know if any of these tips help you as you incorporate them into your routine.

  • Dia

    Love this. I did a mini life re-haul lately and it seems like we are on the same page. You need to know the goal to get to make the plan to reach it.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more, Dia! I did the same in my life as well, so I think we are on the same page for sure!

  • I always need to watch three hours of GOT every night! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha, but really, that tip about writing down how you spend your time is really smart! I should probably do it, but I know it won’t look very pretty!

    • Honestly, it was the only way I could be honest with myself. And girl, between social media and watching Breaking Bad–my list wasn’t pretty either. Now, I break things up depending on the day, but still allow myself time to relax, watch Netflix, read, etc. Thanks for your comment, Chelsie!

  • I really needed this post today. I’ve been soooo out of wack with my schedule since my husband had last week off… gotta get back to it!

    • As soon as you get back on track, you will feel stress free and ready to get to work on your goals!

  • Setting timers is a big one for me. It’s amazing how fast time goes by otherwise!!

    • I think everyone feels the same way! 30 minutes or an hour goes quick when you know you have a task to complete.

  • YES YES YES YES!! Just the other weekend, I was feeling stressed about all the writing I had to do and sometimes I tell myself I can throw Netflix on in the background (knowing full well it isn’t background, it’s a distraction), so I made a deal with myself. ONE HOUR of writing, no distractions. That one hour became 90 minutes as I was so engulfed in my writing. It was amazing! Totally made note to do that again!

    • Yes! If you remove any distractions, set a timer, and get to work on whatever you want to accomplish–you will see that it’s so easy to tackle your goals!

  • Setting a timer is such a good idea. I have been breaking down my time more lately and I have noticed I’ve been a lot more productive. Great tips!

    • Thank you for your comment, Marette! I appreciate it so much. Breaking up your time as the day goes on helps me so much accomplish my to-do list.

  • great idea! I do set timers occasionally, but sometimes I forget lol. thanks for these tips!

    • No problem, Tianna! Glad to know you enjoyed reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Valerie Vanderheiden-Rath

    Love all those tips, especially the setting timers one. I usually don’t do that but I’ve been thinking about giving it a try.

    • Thank you, Valerie! Setting timers has helped so with staying on top of things.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    Great tips! I definitely need to plan my day better…will definitely be incorporating some of these ideas!

    • Happy to know you can take some of these tips and incorporate them into your daily routine!

  • Needed these since I’m entering into a new season with my nanny kids being back to school and because I sadly have to get another job. Thanks for these, Kiara!

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