I’m always interested in learning about the routines other people practice. When do they do their best work? On what things do they focus on any given day? Are there better times during the day, week, or month to do things? I like learning about this because it gives me the opportunity to try something new and determine if it fits better with my schedule than before. So, I thought I’d share my daily and weekly routines with you in case you’re looking for the same kind of inspiration!
If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know that I’m big into personal development, productivity, and planning/organization.
I’m also still a somewhat major procrastinator.
There are times (more often than I’d like) when I put things off almost indefinitely because there are so many things to do and I haven’t “prioritized” them effectively.
I mentioned in a previous post that one method for prioritizing your to-do list is to use an Eisenhower Matrix. I gave just a brief overview in that post, and I’d like to expand upon it here.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Routines are a staple of getting a handle on your life. A vast majority of the time, we fall into bed at the end of a long, exhausting day and hit the pillow snoring before even considering if everything’s ready to go for the next morning.
Something I need to work on is developing a better evening routine beyond what I already do, which is pretty much this list:
- Setting the coffee maker to delay brew
- Staging my lunch for the next day
- Laying out clothes
- Making sure my rock climbing bag is next to my backpack if it’s a rock climbing day
- Turning the electric blanket on, so the bed is nice and toasty when I get in
- Obvious things like washing my face, flossing, and brushing my teeth
All of these things help my morning run a lot more smoothly because it takes away the stress and chaos of trying to figure it all out in the morning.
There are several benefits of planning your day the night before.
How many of you have relied on motivation to get things done? Making the decision to do something based on how motivated you are to do it is actually a trap. If you don’t “feel like” going to the gym, you’re probably not going to go to the gym.
Why are we so obsessed with motivation nowadays? Phrases like “I’m feeling motivated today!” are rampant among wantrepreneurs, New Years Resolutionists, and corporate America.
Keep reading to find out why we shouldn’t listen to the motivation myth—and why it’s not how success happens.
I’m a planner at heart. It’s something I’ve always done, naturally, ever since childhood. I planned out my entire college course progression before I even started college—but that kind of planning isn’t what I want to talk about today. I want to discuss why you should plan for the worst… Before the worst happens.
That sounds depressing, doesn’t it?
But those who plan for the worst are the ones who make it out alive.
Hold up, Colleen, what are you even talking about? “Make it out alive”?
At my job, I’m on our Safety Committee. It sounds like the “safety police” until you understand that my company’s #1 core value is, in fact, safety, and we just had a Safety Conference. It’s a big deal.
And safety is something that needs to carry over to our personal lives.
The best way to be safe is to plan. Prepare. Understand what the stakes are and to know what you’re going to do if the worst happens.
Ergo, plan for the worst before it strikes.