Process in everyday life can be quite challenging for some and critical for others. Some people are okay waking up and moving through their day without an “agenda,” however, others are not. Having and following processes can be considered a skill, while others view processes as a nuisance.

Even at a high level, processes provide structure, can increase focus, and maximize your time. You will know exactly what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and, (ideally—if thought out) how to do it. You won’t be wandering around aimlessly, and, at the end of the day, if you follow and complete these processes, you may have a better sense of accomplishment.

Whether you realize it or not, if you wake up in the morning, drink a glass of water, take your medication, shower, get dressed, and make your bed, you have already completed six steps in your daily process. Processes don’t have to be burdensome but should be repeatable. If you happen to “fall off course,” it is rather easy to figure out where you deviated and get back on track.

It is important to follow certain processes. For example, if you wake up, drink your water, forget your medication, shower, get dressed, and make your bed, later in the afternoon, you may begin to feel fatigued. Then, you realize you forgot your medication. In this example, your medication is important and should be taken soon after waking. Lesson learned, and you probably won’t deviate from the process in the future.

Other processes aren’t as important. Do I shower first? Do I make my bed first? These two steps are part of the process (or routine, if you prefer) and don’t really make a difference in which order they are completed.

As with any process, you will find what works best for you and will likely follow that process without thinking twice. After all, we are all creatures of habit, and regardless of how you feel or what you think, you follow some sort of process daily.