Use routines if you want a good life. As much as I would like to have no set routines and do whatever I want,
whenever I want, I am not financially independent. I go to work every
day, just like millions or maybe billions of people worldwide. I need my routines to get all the normal things done that need to be done.
I want to spend as little time as possible on things I do not want to do and as much time as possible on things I want to do. I find that having systems and routines speeds up most of the normal things that I do and I get more done in less time.
Leaving me and more free time to do other, more productive or more agreeable things.
I hate doing things I don't want to do. And I hate simple things, I have to do, that take a lot of time.
I have routines for the following:
Getting ready for work
I work Monday through Friday. I get up really early but not to get ready for work. I get up early to read and write. I use my early morning creative energy on what I want, not on what others want.
I have a routine set up for making coffee, turning on my computer, scanning some websites, working on this website, making my lunch and getting ready for work. It's simple and automatic. I don't have to think too much.
It's not that I don't like to think. I just want to think about what I want to think about.
Making coffee at work
I'm usually one of the first people in the office on Monday through Friday. I have making the work coffee down to a science so it only takes about a 90 seconds.
Getting to my office
After making coffee I head to my office cube an and start my day at work. I have a set getting started to work routine.
How I review projects
I try to set up projects in the same manner as much as possible. I want to concentrate on the actual deep thinking and analysis part of the work, not on the setup.
How I keep track of paperwork
I want my project files to be in chronological order with the latest things on top. I cannot believe there would be any other way to do it. I want my reference material to be at my fingertips in the correct location in my file drawers. I do not want to rummage around looking for things.
How I run my normal errands
After work and on the weekends. Everyone has errands. I prefer to minimize how much time I spend on them.
How I make dinner and lunch
I love to eat, but I don't want to spend much time preparing meals and cleaning up.
From Steve Pavlina
33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity
Optimization. Identify the processes you use most often, and write them down step-by-step. Refactor them on paper for greater efficiency. Then implement and test your improved processes. Sometimes we just can’t see what’s right in front of us until we examine it under a microscope.
Once I have an easy to follow routine in place I can
just do it without thinking about it and get those things done. I do
not want to spend my major thinking on getting on getting normal things
done that I do all the time.
By developing routines, you will really save time and get more done. With more quality time for your deep thinking, entertainment and enjoyment.
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