1. A prescribed, detailed course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure.
A routine is a list of tasks to do, that you will follow again and again.
If you want to make it sound really flash, you could call the list of tasks a procedural checklist.
In any case, if you have your routines recorded on paper or in an app, you don’t have to wonder what to do next – you can just consult the list. This works just as well for lists where the next task is absolutely urgent and critical (see all the pilot checklists out there – you don’t want to forget to close the door!) and for lists where the tasks are important but not urgent.
Many, many productivity experts (just about all of them!) recommend the use of routines to ensure you get these important things done.
Here are some examples to inspire you, from the people who inspired me to develop HomeRoutines
- Krista from The SHEBang:
- Home Ec 101:
- Household Management 101:
- Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits:
- Simple Mom
- Organized Home
- Totally Together Journal
- Home Sanctuary
- UnF— Your Habitat