Routines and Organising Time
I've found that routines have been really helpful to me in overcoming procrastination for two main reasons (this is sounding like an essay, never mind!):
1) I don't spend time 're-inventing the wheel' in that once I've figured out a good routine I don't have to think about it again (unless circumstances change, in which case I tweak it as I go along). Having to expend mental energy on piffling tasks was something I'd procrastinate about, and also provided a delay in which procrastination could set in.
2) I don't spend time during the rest of the day/week procrastinating on other things, by getting sidetracked into doing the things in the routines, because they're done at a set time of day/week.
(Hope that makes sense).
It took me a while to develop them to what they are now, but I just started with something basic, then kept tweaking until it worked like a dream. In the meantime, what I was doing was better than what I was doing (or not doing) before.
pro said: A couple years ago, I spent a long time trying to figure out all these various routines and organize my whole week. After spending days creating routines and schedules, I closed the files and never looked at them again - that is to say, never actually USED them.
How do you figure this out, with the right amount of routine and flexibility? What does your work day routine look like? What types of weekly routines do you have? I need help here, badly!
OK, so I only started with a few easy things. Like at the moment pro you're working on your Morning Routine, a basic Daily Routine, and a Bedtime Routine. You've got your basic list already, and you've already discovered some things work better in a different order. Well that's how ~I~ did it. Then when those basic routines became really easy and simple, I added another job to it. It took some time to evolve, which was a good thing because I was able to really consolidate it. In the past I'd done the same thing as you did before, and spent hours trying to create a perfect system, then never touched it. I had to begin with a Work In Progress mindset. It doesn't feel like a long time when you're doing it because it's all progress.
(What was the other question?)
Oh yes! Weekly routines - forget 'em until you've got the dailies down pat. You won't be any worse off than you are now, and if you take on too many new habits too soon they'll all go to pot.
As for flexibility, I have total flexibility. If I don't want to eat I don't (as if!), or if I don't want to excercise I don't. The thing is I allow the time for it, so it's a choice.
I'll post the actual routines separately, as examples.