Building routines into your day is rarely an easy process. I’ve gone out of my way to structure my life so that following my routine is the easiest option; I walk to my office because I picked a location that is a pain in the posterior to find parking around, for example.
It’s worth going to those sorts of lengths to build the right routines. Jesse Pollak wrote up taking a low-paying job (while in the process of building a startup). He considers it a valuable experience, in part because of the structure it imposes:
Since I left college and started working for myself, finding structure in my day to day life has become very important. The biggest change I’ve made has been adjusting my schedule: in the middle of last summer, I switched to an early morning wake up (between 5:30 and 7am, optimizing for 6 hours of sleep). Unfortunately, despite the promises of proponents of this approach, my body has not adapted well to the shift: every day, getting out of bed is one of the hardest things I do. Having an early morning job provides a concrete task that I need to get up and do, making the mental battle of escaping my blankets much easier.
Taking a second job just to impose more order on your life isn’t an option for everyone, but it does provide an interesting perspective on what value a busy person can place on routine.