#WorkSmarter Series – Developing a Positive Routine
Here are the key items to remember when building a weekly routine:
Start Small – Of all the things you can do to help you succeed in establishing your positive routine, starting small is the most significant. We create routines to help us get important tasks done. If we add too many new things at once, our routines fall apart and nothing gets done.
With this in mind, look over the goals you listed for yourself last week. Pick 2-3 critical tasks that will move you toward these goals and schedule them in the best work times for that task. Allow yourself the time to make these a habit before adding any other critical tasks. By starting small, you’ll achieve more and get better results in what you do.
Consider Daily Tasks – We’re building a positive weekly routine, but some activities need to be done daily. Depending on your goals, these could include writing, exercising, or cooking healthy meals. If you have a recurring daily task, block out a standard time slot for it. Then guard that slot.
Example – If you take your children to school each day, you’re not going to schedule anything during that time. You know that time is reserved for your kids. One client I had realized that to get a few critical tasks completed, she couldn’t make any appointments before 10am on weekdays. She made this her standard routine and saw great progress in reaching her goals.
Mix It Up – You’ve arranged your schedule and realize you’ll be at your computer from noon until 6pm. Not good! Having long periods of similar tasks back-to-back is a recipe for exhaustion. Intersperse physical tasks with mental tasks. Alternate social times and alone times. A good schedule helps you refresh yourself with the opposite activity. This prevents burnout and will result in better energy and focus in everything you do.
Include Down Time – Some people think routines are supposed to be rigid schedules that dictate every moment our day. A positive routine doesn’t do this. It includes down time and free time.
Example – In my consulting business, I have 3 nights a week where I hold evening hours for appointments. This means that the other four nights, I’m off. If my clients need an evening meeting, I can accommodate them, but I also have time for my own needs.
Example –Another thing I do weekly is have a block of “creativity time.” This is my time to recharge. Over the years, I’ve learned I need this to do my work well. Your down time may look different, but whatever form it takes, it needs to be scheduled in your weekly routine. Each day you want to include small pockets of space to breath, regroup, and recharge.
Making It Work – As you work on your routine this week, remember that habits are things we repeatedly do. Routines are habits we consciously create. Make your routine a positive one. Start slowly and build it with your goals in mind.Routines are habits we consciously create. Build a Positive Routine. #WorkSmarter #HowTo Click To Tweet