Joel M. Turner

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Creating a Daily Routine for Freedom

The more I explore myself, the more I realize that my “freedom” is not from not having anything to do but by doing things that give me purpose.

Watching the Clock with Nothing to Do

I spent many years without a daily routine. Not having a routine made me watch the clock, not getting anything done and I found it hard to feel fulfilled at the end of the day. Not having a routine made me check the time often and gave me a feeling like I was wasting time in some way. I wasn’t sure how to get things done or which item I should start next. There were no priorities and therefore, no way to know what was important.

Creating a Daily Routine

It seemed counter intuitive to me but setting a full daily routine has helped me feel more free. I think part of the freedom feeling is feeling fulfilled. Doing what is important to me helps me feel like I have taken care of my list, even if some office work doesn’t get finished. Creating a daily routine for me is about simplicity. If I do the things that are most important for my welfare, I feel fulfilled. For me, if I do my daily meditation and mantra practice, I feel good, even if more work came in than I was able to finish. I have noticed that doing something daily, even if it is only for a few minutes a day, makes me much better at it. Aly Dunne (@thewayofmantra) explains how a daily practice is like a river wearing down rock over time. Here is a quick view of my daily routine:

  • Wake up, meditate, chant
  • Drink elixir (modified from Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir), walk dogs, start hot water for tea, sing to my kombucha scoby
  • Work on graphic/web projects
  • Eat lunch
  • Work on graphic/web projects
  • Go for run, walk dogs, walk by myself
  • Meet with friends, network
  • Wind down, sleep

Resources for Optimizing the Daily Routine

Here are some of the tools and resources that help me develop and stick with my routine.

Your Routine

Do you have a daily routine? If so, what have you noticed by following it/not following it?

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