Big or small, healthy or unhealthy, our habits combine to form the routine that unfolds for us every day.
Most of this is done without us even thinking about it.
That is why, although we understand the importance of good habits, sometimes it is difficult to stick to a healthy and effective daily routine.
Below I bring you eight daily routines that will help you achieve maximum productive work and thus success.
1. Plan the night before
The daily routine of some of the most efficient and productive people in the world starts the night before.
Think of this as the planning stage. At this point, you may find it helpful to map out your day in blocks of time, with specific activities planned for each particular period of the day. This is commonly known as the time blocking method, and using this method ensures that you don’t end up with unfinished tasks, which can negatively impact your overall productivity.
2. Wake up at the same time every day
This may sound counterintuitive, it is often thought that the most productive people are those who can wake up at dawn and work until the evening. We have to be aware that the 9 to 5 work day may not necessarily suit everyone.
I’m not suggesting that people work less, but someone who works 10-6 works just as long as someone who works 9-5, and that extra hour in bed can mean they’re fresher, more rested and ready to go.
If you have the option of flexible working hours, consider what works best for you.
3. Quality breakfast
After waking up, it is very important to have a good breakfast and it should become part of your daily routine. You need something that will give you a good energy boost while keeping you full. A good idea is oatmeal with a smoothie or natural fruit juice.
4. Provide a distraction-free workspace
A few years ago, it was scientifically proven that if there are many forms of visual stimuli in your field of vision, your brain will spread focus and attention to each object separately. In other words, if your desk is cluttered, your ability to focus on the task decreases.
Simply clearing your desk of excess items can have a big impact on your focus and productivity.
5. Don’t check email first
The daily routine of the morning is a great time for productive work that requires focus, creativity and strategy. Deleting your inbox gives you a false sense of accomplishment and wastes the opportunity to engage your brain in more proactive tasks. While you may have read a lot of emails, in most cases you haven’t done anything important.
Instead, focus on your goals and do what really matters.
6. Tackle the worst thing first
Start your daily routine at work by tackling the most difficult or urgent task first, the task most likely to cause you to procrastinate. This is the philosophy laid out by Brian Tracy in his book Eat That Frog.
The benefit of this is simple, if you do the hardest thing first, everything else will be easier.
7. Rest or meditate
When setting up a routine, it can be easy to forget the most important activity: resting.
Humans are simply not made to work all day, every day without a break. If you don’t factor this into your routine, you run the risk of losing energy and enthusiasm all together, and burning out. Without a daily break, you will completely kill your productivity.
One way to do this is to choose a reasonable time to stop working (break). Another is to take a short nap or try meditation .
8. Say no to unreasonable requests
This may be the hardest thing on this list, but it can be one of the most effective. Adding extra tasks and chores to your day can immediately throw your routine out of balance, and will negatively affect your daily productivity.
As such, turning down and turning down extra tasks (that are unduly urgent or unimportant) can be the key to staying productive.
After all, it is more important and more productive to do one thing perfectly than several things poorly and partially.
I hope that I have helped you at least a little to make your daily routine your advantage in life and work.
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