This post is all about daily routine of a working woman.
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If you’re tired of just having your days filled up by your 9-5 and feel like you’ve no sense of routine in your days, this post is for you.
You might’ve tried a 1000 different routines on the internet, but nothing really seems to be fitting your lifestyle. I mean ofc, the daily routine of a working woman would obviously look different from that of a college student or a stay at home mom.
And I’m so glad that you’re ready to take charge of your days. Because most people forget to understand that your 5-9 after the 9-5 is equally important.
Whether you’re looking to add some fun to your days, prioritize rest, or start healthy habits, this daily routine will fill your brain with tons of ideas.
As someone who has a corporate 9-5 job, a blog, and an active social life, I sure as hell have tried my way around different daily routines to find things that help me make the most of my days.
Now, this daily routine is THE most ideal perfectly balanced daily routine of a working woman. But we all know that life isn’t perfectly balanced all the time. And that’s okay!
You’ll go through busy phases and relaxed phases. So, take what suits your current phase of life and make it work for you!
10- step Daily routine of a working woman
Step 1 : plan the night before
I always put this as the first point in every ‘routine’ post because preparing the night before hardly takes 15 minutes of your time, and really sets you up for an organized morning.
It makes you feel at the top of the game from the start of the day.
Here are some low effort tasks that won’t require a lot of brain power but will prepare you for a productive day.
1. Plan your outfit for the next day – This way you don’t have to spend 10 minutes in the morning playing dress up, and you look put together.
2. Check if you have any early morning meetings – So you can plan your morning routine accordingly, and prepare for the meeting.
3. Put everything in place – You don’t have to do a proper clean up, but at least this way you won’t have to wake up to a disorganized house.
4. Load the dishwasher – One less thing to do in the morning.
5. Put your gym clothes out – If you workout in the morning, leaving visual reminders at night is a good way to make sure you actually go to the gym next morning.
6. Make you to-do list – Making to-do lists at night is honestly genius! It helps you have a very clear idea of what your day’s gonna look like. And you can wake up in the morning with the right mindset.
Step 2 : Have enough time for yourself in the morning
Waking up 15 minutes before you have to rush out the door is never a good idea.
You don’t get enough time to find your matching pair of socks, or eat a healthy breakfast. And honestly, it makes you start your day in a reactive mode, instead of being proactive.
So, wake up early enough to have some peaceful time in the morning.
And the simplest way to make sure this happens is by not snoozing your alarms, haha.
I mean, it’s funny how you set your alarm when you’re fully conscious and then let your half sleepy self decide to hit snooze instead.
Snoozing only makes you start your day with a failure. You have a stack of unfinished morning tasks piling up, before you even get up.
If you have a hard time waking up and hate the irritating alarm sounds, use this sunlight alarm clock.
step 3 : drink water & get in your workout clothes
This is for the ladies who hate working out (like me!).
The first thing you should do when you wake up is drink a glass of water, instead of scrolling through your phone.
It’s best to keep a water bottle by the bedside that you can chug down in the morning, because your body gets dehydrated at night.
And then, get into your gym clothes. It works for a few reasons :
- It automatically makes you feel more active. I mean, you wouldn’t want to lay in your bed with your gym clothes on, right?
- It reduces the resistance to actually work out. Now you’re one step closer!
Also, working out in the morning is actually better than working out in the evening.
Apart from the fact that you get to start your mornings with a dopamine hit, it’s also easier to stay consistent with morning workouts. Because in the evenings, you might get caught up in work, or have other social commitments.
Step 4 : start your morning routine
Morning routines are so important in general, but even more important for daily routine of a working woman. Because you know that once start working, you’re going to be flooded with never ending tasks.
This is the only time you get to work on YOUR goals.
So, get up early, even if you just get 30 minutes for yourself, it’ll make a huge difference in your days.
Set your intention for the day – what do you want today to look like?
I’m very passionate about morning routines and covering them in one paragraph won’t be possible, so here’s exactly how to create the perfect morning routine for yourself.
In the past few years, my morning routines have varied from a proper 2 hr workout-mediate-journal routine to a simple 10 minute yoga routine.
Nowadays, I use the quite morning time to write blogs, like I am doing one right now.
Bottom line, there are no set rules. Don’t be afraid to create different routines for different seasons of life.
step 5 : 10-min clean up
Because you don’t want to come back to a distorted house, right?
Or even if you’re working from home, you don’t want to try to get sh*t done while sitting in the middle of a mess.
Now I know, that there’s no way you can do a deep clean on a workday. Nah-ah!
So, just put on a 10 minute timer and get your house in order, as much as you can. Put everything in place, make your bed, put your clothes away.
You’ll be shocked to see how much you can get done in 10 minutes.
Step 6 : have breakfast & *actually* get ready
Take some time to eat an actual healthy breakfast, not just a fruit loop cereal bowl. Studies have shown that skipping breakfast can negatively impact your productivity.
Next, if you’re working from the office, pack all your essentials and get ready to head out to work. Here are some essentials I can’t imagine my workday without!
If you’re working from home, getting ready is still equally important.
Because sitting in your night pjs would not make you feel your most productive self.
Take it from someone who can live in her pjs all day long, I’m automatically more productive on days when I look more put together and don’t have my hair tied in a messy bun.
step 7 : Look at your to-do list & start working
Now is the time to actually start working (instead of immediately getting up to work haha). Notice how it’s mentioned to “look” at your to-do list and not “make” it.
Because I feel that making to-do lists the night before (check #1) works better.
Here are a few things that you can keep in mind during your workdays:
1) Have focus hours
Schedule 1-2 hrs in your day as your focus time – when you’re doing your uninterrupted focused work. You’ll be shocked to see how you’re able to complete most of your tasks in just these 2 hrs. So you don’t have a lot of tasks hanging on your head the entire day.
2) Take frequent breaks
So important! Find little pockets of break time in your day. Step away from your desk during lunch, go on a 10 minute walk, or run down to your fav coffee shop if you’re wfh.
Here are some tips on how to be more productive at work!
step 8 : have an end of work ritual
Have an end of work ritual – something that signifies that it’s time to focus on the 5-9 after the 9-5.
But before that, here’s a friendly reminder to make sure you’re shutting work on time. It’s your responsibility to create a healthy work-life balance; not your manager’s, not your company’s, yours! And if you don’t care about it, no one else will.
Being in corporate myself, I know it can be hard to get out of extended working hours sometimes. But it’s ok as long as you don’t make it a habit.
So, have an end of work ritual allows you to flip the switch from work to personal life. It could be something as simple as just cleaning your work desk, or having a stress relief yoga session.
I usually end my work days with a walk. It really helps me clear my mind and enjoy some outdoor time.
hot girl walk essentials
step 9 : work on your hobbies
Don’t just sit around mindlessly scrolling through tiktok.
Pick up a hobby and make sure it’s something that you actually love, because nobody wants to spend time working on something after finishing their job, ugh!
You’ve no idea how far even investing 1 hr in your hobbies everyday can take you. This could be so beneficial for you, especially if you’re in your 20s.
Use this time to build yourself, while also making it your escape for the day.
I usually spend 2 hrs to do more blog work at this time.
Here are some fun hobbies to start with :
- Playing a sport
- Learning to play guitar
- Family gardening time
Related Post : 35 Hobbies To Pick In Your 20s (You Can’t Miss Out On!)
step 10 : night routine
I know taking your laptops to bed to finish the leftover tasks might seem enticing. And to be honest, sometimes I’ve done it myself.
But it’s really not the best way to end the night.
Because a) creating strict work deadlines is important to create urgency and therefore, increase productivity.
b) Blue light in screens disturbs your natural sleep-and-wake cycle. And keeps you awake at night.
So, have a wind down routine that helps you relax and get in the sleepy mode.
Whether it’s taking a bath, chatting with your spouse on how your day went, or reading in bed.
And ofc, make sure you get 8 hrs of sleep.
I usually try to get in bed at 9:30 and be asleep till 10:30. But that’s just the best case scenario, lol.
This post is all about daily routine of a working woman.