Use Routines
For an Easier Life

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.

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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.

How I Use Routines

Use routines to get more done in less 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.

  • Set down my planner book
  • Turn on the computer
  • Hang up my coat and hat
  • Put on my reading glasses
  • Get logged in to email
  • Review email to see if there are an urgent situations

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

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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.


Use Routines - Wrap Up

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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