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
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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