Productivity Routines Debunked

I came across this article the other day. “22 Power Routines that will Boost your Productivity.” Well, that got my attention. And away we go…

1. Wake up when it’s right for you.

The average person takes 14 minutes to fall asleep. So if you get four cycles, that’s six hours plus 14 minutes. So you want to go to sleep, six hours and 14 minutes before you want to wake up. While that sounds very nitpicky or trivial, it actually does work.

It’s also not reasonable. If I’m really motivated, I’ll wake up at 5:00 AM and I’ll start doing things. Otherwise I’m gonna wake up when a kid wakes me up. I don’t really have a morning routine because I have my kids. Now people with kids certainly can have morning routines, but I think that it makes it significantly more difficult.

2. Stay away from your phone when you first wake up.

I look at it first thing and it takes me about a minute and a half, two minutes to catch up on anything that might’ve come in overnight, maybe a couple of emails, maybe a couple of Slack messages if that, and that’s it.

3. Eat breakfast.

4. Move Your Body

5. Meditation and Stillness

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

6. Make your bed.

7. Recite affirmations.

8. Get Your Brain Going

9. Schedule your time.

10. Pare down your decisions.

11. Dress for Success.

12. Put pen to paper.

13. Eat that damn frog.

14. Focus on yourself.

15. Practice Gratitude.

16. Celebrate

17.Set hard time limits on certain activities.

There was this great study done on the finishing times of marathons. It took the finishing times of over a million people. What they found was that there was a huge uptick every half hour, because everyone wanted to get in under that time marker. It just shows you the arbitrary nature of most goals that we set. We can set any goals that we want so we might as well set more restrictive ones.

18. Organize your workspace.

19. Leave work at work.

20. Check-in with a coach or mentor.

21.Reflect on the day’s achievements.

22. Disengage.

Make it an effective day!

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