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The Power of Routines and Habits

Mark Hely says that the most important things that make him so organised are his routines and habits.

A routine is “a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.

A habit is “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary: the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.”

“What are your routines and habits? How do they help you to be organised?

Make a comment to share the most effective routines and habits in your life.

  1. priti
    September 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I was really inspired by the statement – “make your routine a habit!”..going to try really hard….

    • September 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Just repeat 17 times!

  2. Vin
    September 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Hi everybody,
    I have lots of routines to help me be organized. I check my schedule every night to make sure I have done what i have to do and I also check the next day’s schedule so I know what I have to bring to school. When I get home everyday, I set my own schedule of what I have to do until bedtime. I also tidy my work desk everytime I’ve finished working.


    • September 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Wow… you seem to be quite similar to Mark. Maybe one day you’ll have 500 people working for you too! These are excellent routines to have, Vin.

  3. Jimin
    September 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    My most effective habits and routines are: Checking what I packed and tidy my room if it’s messed up.Checking what I packed helps me to be organized because if you don’t check what you’ve packed, maybe you will forget something at home. Also if I tidy my room everyday I will have a clean room everyday.

    • September 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      It is so nice to have a clean and tidy room isn’t it?

  4. September 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    Checking my school schedule every morning is one of my habits as well as in the evening to make sure I have got homework done for stuff like World Languages. I also check what i have after school every day so that I can make arrangements with my maid’s for what time they should pick me up at.

    I need to have a habit for doing my homework so i do not always just leave it till the deadline day witch I do a lot witch gives me quite a lot of stress so I sometimes yell at my sister or just stop working.



    • September 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Yes, you should set up a routine for your homework. It sounds like putting it off is having a negative influence on your life and, sadly, affecting your relationship with your sister.

  5. Andrea
    September 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Mr.Sam,

    My most effective habits and routines are:

    1) Unpacking and packing my bag in the afternoon when I get home from school. This helps me because if you pack your bag in the morning, you’re probably bound to forget to pack something.

    2)I make sure I’m in bed by 8:30pm – 9:00pm. This is really helpful because when I’m in bed, I read for a while and it also takes me a bit of time to fall asleep. Also, if I sleep at 10:00pm or later, it affects the next day for me because I feel sleepy and won’t be able to concentrate in class.


    • September 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      I like the fact that you describe your bedtime as a routine. There are many studies that show that kids your age need about 10 hours of sleep every night. This will ensure that they get the sleep they need in order to develop physically and mentally. Your bedtime routine is really good for you!

  6. Mari
    September 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    My effective habits and routines are:
    I check my tomorrow’s schedule after coming back from school so I know what I have to bring to school. For example if I have PE & Swimming, I have to bring indoor shoe, PE clothes and swimming stuff. If I don’t have PE clothes, I will miss PE. I don’t want to do that.
    Reading a book before sleeping on my bed makes me get a good sleep.

    • September 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Me too. I love reading just before going to sleep. However, I have got into the habit of working at bedtime and that actually makes it much more difficult for me to sleep.

    • gina
      September 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Mari,
      I was just wondering how did you change the picture because every one has an on botton

      • gina
        September 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

        P.S good writing

      • Mr. Sam
        September 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        The pictures are called Gravatars. I will ask Mr. Jago if he can teach us how to create them – I forgot. Do you like mine?

  7. Pat
    September 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    My routine is when you go home you prepare your bag and snacks for tommorow and have a short bath then do your homework and when you finish you can reward yourself with something you like our just chill out.

    • Mr. Sam
      September 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Nice, simple routine Pat. Can you add anything else to your routines to help you be even more organized, or even more independent?

  8. Zola
    September 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Hi 6SS

    My most important routines are checking my schedule before going to bed. Checking my mail everyday. Reading before going to bed. Me and my family watch a movie on Friday. Things that i need to do by know.I should not be reminded to do my HW. I should be responsible for my actions.



    • Mr. Sam
      September 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      These are great routines to have, they are the foundation for becoming more organized and more independent.

  9. September 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    Routines help you be organize because if you forget to do something like your homework you will get in trouble, but if you make it a habit to do your homework you won’t get in trouble. My routine is to do my homework after I eat food, from school my other routine is also to check my schedule at before i go to bed and in the morning in case I forget anything.

    By Madhav 👿

    • Mr. Sam
      September 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Can you add any more routines to make yourself more organized and independent?

  10. gina
    September 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Hi 6SS,
    My routines in the morning is Wake up, rinse up, brush my teeth, wash my face, get changed, eat my breakfast, go put on my shoes, say bye to my and go. And my routines when I come back from school is unpack my bag, eat dinner,pack my bag, do my homework, take a shower and sleep.

    By: Gina Choi

    • Mr. Sam
      September 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      You really pack your bag before doing your homework? You might forget your homework book if you do that!

  11. Yuki
    September 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Hi everyone!

    I have many routines that I do myself everyday. I have routines like the morning routine, the bag routine, the sleeping routine and so on.

    My morning routine is ……

    1. Wake up
    2. Change my clothes
    3. Go to the bathroom
    4. Watch news on T.V.
    5. Go to the bus waiting at parking lot

    My bag routine is……

    1. Check my schedule
    2. Put my stuff in my bag
    3. Check again before going to sleep
    4. Check schedule in morning
    5. Double check bag again

    My sleeping routine is……

    1. Brush my teeth
    2. Go to to the toilet
    3. Wash my hands
    4. Read a book
    5. Naturally sleep (If can’t sleep go to step six)
    6. Say I’m not going to sleep. (eventually you get tired and start to sleep)

    • Mr. Sam
      September 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Don’t you eat any breakfast?

      • Yuki
        September 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

        Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t!!!! It depends how much I slept.

  12. Tamanna
    September 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    My routines are going to bed I always check my alarm to see if it will go at the time I want it to go so that I won’t be late for school and my friend which I normally go with has to wait for me. My bedtime routine is also to read for half an hour or 45 minutes so that I can become relaxed and have peace at least once a day. My other routine is to keep my lunch, snack & books. After eating my breakfast I do this so that I can double check if everything is in my bag and that I don’t go on the next light also.

    • Mr. Sam
      September 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Great routines, Tamanna. Can you add any other routines to your life so that you become more organized and independent?

  13. 19vickyh
    September 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    My morning routines are….
    1) Waking up and going to the toilet to wash my face and put sun cream on.
    2) Look at my pets and see how they are doing.
    3) Talk to my hedgehogs and my hamsters.
    4) Read a little bit.
    5) Brush my hair.
    6) Get my bag
    7) Go to school
    My evening routines are….
    1) Talking to my pets
    2) Doing my homework
    3) Bath
    4) Eat some snacks
    5) Play and rest
    My dinner routines are..
    1) Do my daily work
    3) Check my schedule and pack my bag
    3) Play ‘Tickles’ with my brother
    4) Brush my teeth
    5) Wash my sun cream
    6) Go to the toilet
    7) Read for 20 minutes
    8) Check everything and sleep

    • Mr. Sam
      September 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Don’t you eat breakfast either?

  14. 19vickyh
    September 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Sorry I accidently pressed on something.

  15. Petanque
    September 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm


    First of all I wake up in the morning. Then I take a shower, brush my teeth, put on my clothes, and then I check my bag if I am missing anything. While waiting for my sister every morning I pick my plants of the IPAD that I grew in a game called SMURFS, and then I go downstairs and get my breakfast. After that I eat my breakfast in the car and put on my shoes ready to get in the school. Finally I wait for my friends and then we talk and walk together up to the classroom.
    Most of the time I will stay afterschool till 3:00 and then when I go home I take a nice shower and pick some plants that I grew in the morning. Then I might relax or do my homework. After I finish my homework I will go down on the first floor to eat dinner with my family. When I come up I’ll continue to do my homework but mostly I just read. Sometimes when I completed all my homework I can just relax or do anything I want. And then I sleep…


    • Mr. Sam
      September 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Do you have any real plants or just the ones on your iPad?

  16. daniel :)
    September 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    One of my most common routine is when i finish school. I walk back home i eat take a shower then i watch TV and after all that is over i do my homework.

    I also have a routine in the morning. I wake up eat put on my uniform brush my teeth wash my face grab my bag and walk to school.

  17. victor
    September 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    My routines are waking up n the morning go to the bathroom get dressed eat then go to school. after school relax then do homework eat relax then go to bed and then the next day do the next thing.

  18. Tammy
    September 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Hi everyone

    I think the most important routine for me is checking my bag because I always need to check if my homework book and reading book was there and also I need to check if my water bottle is full before packing it.


  19. Mara :D
    September 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I think the main point is that he has a routine and thats good because, if he does everything all at once then he has time to watch TV, or spend time with his family (etc).

    What i need to improve is i need to be more organized, like today (7 September Wednesday) i was at school doing basketball and then it finished so i went out of school but then half way from school, i just remembered that i forgot my lunch box so i had to go back to school and get my lunch box.

    When i was running to get it, i left my bag right next to the cafe and when i came back i forgot my PE bag on the bench and i was SOO close to my apartment that i had to take a motorbike back to school, get my PE bag and then i went straight home and if i forgot something then i would just go OH WHATEVER!!!.

    So i have to get more organized and create more time tables and schedules. And also i should make an organized routine.

    Mara 😀

  20. Melis
    September 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    My routine everyday:

    1. I check my schedule and pack my schoolbag every night so I don’t have a lot of stress in the morning before I go to school.

    2. I clean my room every day before I go to bed so when I do my homework my things don’t get mixed up with the others and then my room is really cluttered.

    3. I make sure I sleep at 8:30 or 9:00 so I can wake up early in the morning and get to school before there is any traffic.

    4. Get my uniform ready for the next day and put my clothes in the laundry after I wear it.


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