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How Do I Structure My Day

Everyone wants to have a productive and enjoyable day – but often don’t know the best ways to go about it. Without a plan of action it’s easy to get caught up in the things you have to rather than finding the time to do the things you should and love doing. This step-by-step guide will provide the structure you need to hit the ground running each day, so that work and leisure achieve a harmonious balance.

1. Set your alarm

Having a consistent morning start every day can really aid with productivity and stress management. Try to aim for around the same time each day and give yourself a maximum of an hour to rise, shower and eat breakfast. Setting your phone’s alarm 30 minutes before you need to leave the house will give you enough time to make sure you can get ready without having to rush at the last minute.

2. Make your bed

Making your bed provides a great start to your morning. Not only is it a simple and quick task, it marks the start of the day and gives you a sense of accomplishment as soon as you start your morning routine. It will also help to keep your bedroom tidy, helping it to remain a clean and peaceful space.

3. Enjoy a nutritious breakfast

Breakfast is an important meal of the day. If you start your day with something nutritious, it’ll set you up for success for the rest of the day and give you a much needed energy boost.

Try oatmeal, eggs, yoghurt and fresh fruit as some good fuel to start the day.

4. Get dressed

Getting dressed helps to take your mind off sleeping and puts you in the right frame of mind to get your day started. Dress for your mood and go with what looks and feels comfortable on your body. This can help to boost both your self-confidence and creativity.

It also eliminates the risk of having to come up with an excuse of why you’re late for work or an appointment.

5. Meditate

Meditation can help to refocus your mind and is an ideal way to start the day as it helps to clear away any mental fog that may have gathered overnight and prepare your mind for productivity. If you don’t have the time for a full mediation session, take 5 minutes to close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

This can help to revive your mind in preparation for the day ahead.

6. Plan your day

Spend the first half an hour of your day planning the tasks you want to achieve in the day. Decide on the most important tasks and prioritise them over the more menial tasks that take up our time.

Writing down your tasks in list form helps to visualise your goals and motivates you to achieve them.

7. Exercise

Exercising not only aids physical health, it also helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels, as physical activity can help our bodies to find balance. Make time to get moving in the morning, whether it’s with a yoga session, a jog, or a spot of stretching. Even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, it will benefit your mental and physical health; and provide a positive start to the day.

8. Reflect

Take five minutes to reflect on your day. Ask yourself how you feel and how your attitude impacts your daily tasks. Reflecting on your day also helps you to identify areas that may be draining your energy, and provides an opportunity to make changes to your daily routine.

9. Work productively

Focus your attention on the tasks in hand and take regular breaks when necessary. Research has shown that short pauses – as short as a minute – can benefit learning, productivity and creativity; and having scheduled breaks between tasks helps to alleviate stress.

If possible, try to walk outside in the fresh air during your break and take some moments of mindfulness.

10. Invest in relationships

Take time throughout your day to invest in relationships. Whether it’s messaging a friend or family member, or speaking to a colleague about a project, finding meaningful ways to connect can improve self-confidence and mental health.

11. Set up a self-care schedule

Caring for your mental and physical health will help to reduce stress, improve productivity and keep you motivated. Set up a self-care routine and make sure you stick to it throughout the week. This could be exercising, reading, listening to music, spending time in nature, and incorporating mindful moments throughout the day.

12. Enjoy down time

After a day of activities, you owe it to yourself to enjoy a few hours of relaxation in the evenings. Try to set aside some time to wind down, away from work and screens.

Instead, watch a film, listen to music, read a book, have a hot bath, or experiment in the kitchen with a new recipe.

13. Get enough sleep

Getting plenty of sleep is essential for boosting physical and mental health. Try to go to bed around the same time each night and give yourself plenty of time to unwind before bedtime. Remove as much light from your bedroom as possible, invest in a blackout blind, and turn off screens at least an hour before you plan to sleep.


Structuring your day to maximize productivity and happiness can be achieved with some simple daily tasks. Building a routine helps to keep you motivated, can enhance work-life balance, and help to improve both physical and mental health.

By following these steps, you’ll be more likely to start and end each day feeling great.

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