Routines are important to getting things done. It may seem like they
squash your creativity and free spirit, but really, if you know exactly
what you need to do and when, you’ll find yourself doing it without
much thought. Apartment Therapy.com has tips for getting those routines down to a science.
by keeping track of what you’re doing now. What order do you do things
in from the time you get up to the time you leave for work? What do
you do in the evening after work? When do you do other chores like
going to the store or paying bills? Take a few weeks to just be aware
of what you’re currently doing.
How much time do these things
take? If you allot an hour to get out of the house in the mornings, but
your routine takes an hour and a half, you need to do something to
avoid being late. On the other hand, if you only take 30 minutes to get
ready, you’ve got an extra half hour to play with.
Now, make a
list of things that you wish you had time for, but don’t currently.
Also, write down your routines so you know what they are. Now, look at
the two lists and see where you can streamline your process and make
time for those “wish list” items. Move things around and try shaking up
your same old routines to see if a new order works better for you.
couple of great tips for staying on task are to not be distracted by
surprises that don’t fit into your routine. An email, phone call or
other interruption can throw off your routine. Let that call go to
voice mail or don’t read that email it until it’s time for reviewing
those things. Also, time yourself. If you set a timer for 30 minutes,
your 45 minute getting ready routine will most likely only take 30
minutes, racing the timer is just too tempting. So now you’ve bought
yourself 15 extra minutes to do with what you will! Keep periodically
reviewing your routines and don’t be afraid to try something new.