Daily routine and focus

Do you have a routine/schedule that you try to follow each day? I know for me, being self-employed requires large doses of discipline and motivation. A routine, of some sort, helps keep me in check and from just hitting refresh on my RSS feeds all day (I’m an information junkie).

Generally, I’m not really a creature of routine. I usually find that term associated with monotony and boredom. But here, in this case, it actually brings some freedom to my work day.

So what’s my routine?
1) I get up at 6:30AM every Monday thru Friday. Period. It’s pretty easy to make excuses to sleep 30 more minutes when your alarm is screaming at you, but this first thing is a must.
2) Shower. Some people are night shower people, but if I don’t have a shower in the morning then I don’t wake up.
3) Breakfast. At this point my wife is frequently off to work already and so sitting at the dinner table by yourself gets a bit lonely. This is when I usually head to my desk and start browsing through the various RSS feeds I subscribe to and doing some casual reading as well as catch up on the plethora of message boards I’m involved with.
4) Email. After my relaxing breakfast and news reading, the work day begins. At this point it’s usually between 7:45 and 8AM. The first thing on my agenda for the day is email. I read through all of the items in my inbox and then delete and/or archive what doesn’t need any sort of action. Then I respond to what needs responding to. After this I do the same with voicemail.

At this point my work day is off to it’s official start. One major key to actually having a productive workday is to actually…yes…work. Don’t let yourself get sidetracked much or next thing you know you’ll have followed 37 different links and read 56 different articles and it’ll be lunch and you won’t have a single hour of profitable work to show for it.

I think one of the main keys to a productive day is focus. There is just so much information on the web that it’s easy to get into a little bit of information overload. With 97 RSS feeds that updated every 30 minutes and your email auto-checking every 30 seconds, it’s no wonder we find ourselves stressed out with to much on our plate…we’re pilling the stuff on as fast as we can.

So what do we do? We focus. We focus not just our mind on the task at hand, but we also focus our information intake. Clear out those RSS feeds you don’t really read and set your email to only check every 20 minutes. You and your overloaded mind will thank you.

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Dec 17 2005

3 Responses to “Daily routine and focus”

Another problem with night showering is, by the time you are ready to get your pj’s on, you’re too tired for a shower.

I’m a first time reader, but I like what you’ve written so far.

Nosinbk on December 17th, 2005 at 9:59 pm

so simple but hearing someone else say it really put it into perspective for me. thank you so much. lets hope this gets me off to a better start each day and improves my life as a whole. one question though. what time do you find yourself going to sleep each night? i say up until 2 sometimes when i’m stuck on a problem or just really enjoying browsing the net. how do you pull away and decide when enough is enough?

davidneudorfer on December 18th, 2005 at 11:49 pm

Hey David, getting married quickly put an end to the staying up until 2AM for me :) Mainly because she would get up at 6:30 for work and that would wake me up…so running on 4 hours of sleep didn’t really cut it for me.

But basically, I try to go to bed and get up at the same time every single day. I usually stop browsin’ around 9:30 or so and then lay in bed until about 10:30 reading or something of the sort and then get up around 6:30.

This brings me back to the word “routine”…that’s a key here. A schedule really nixes a lot of the random 2AM nights.

Josh on December 19th, 2005 at 7:40 am

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