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How a Productivity Purge Can Help You Build an Efficient Daily Schedule

Effective daily schedule

There is no “perfect schedule.” But an effective daily schedule can help you get things done consistently with a minimum of stress, whilst you maximize your energy and time.

For best results, schedule your day around your energy. Observe your energy patterns, and work on high-value tasks when you are most active. 

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Effective daily schedule

There is no “perfect schedule.” But an effective daily schedule can help you get things done consistently with a minimum of stress, whilst you maximize your energy and time.

For best results, schedule your day around your energy. Observe your energy patterns, and work on high-value tasks when you are most active. 

Purging your schedule

It's about getting a handle on your time and keeping it tidy going forward. 

The aim of a productivity purge is to reduce unnecessary repetition and improve your autopilot routines. You want to be in control of your schedule, not the other way around.

Dr Mark Williamson

Dr Mark Williamson

“Autopilot is a growing problem. It has gone from being an evolutionary protection mechanism that stopped our brains overloading, to our default mode of operating whereby we sleep-walk into our choices. It has seeped into more and more areas of our lives and relationships making us feel out of control."

Create space in your schedule

A pause creates space to start paying attention and ask yourself a few questions to access your results: Are you focused or distracted? Why?

It’s an opportunity to analyze every task or action, and identify items you can move around, delegate or even stop working on right away if they're not helping you get closer to your goals.

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  • Time and Energy are limited resources, and as we grow, our habits may become obsolete. We could use the same time and energy to explore new and better options.

  • It is a good idea to pay attention to where we spend our time and see if there is something we do daily but have outgrown long ago.

Consistency and Boredom

Being consistent can also lead to burnout and lack of growth, and to be creative and innovative, we sometimes need a break from our daily activity. When we stop and do something new, we start to be part of a creative process, instead of simply repeating the same thing every day.

The key is to not rely on a rigid consistency but to be resilient enough to withstand any breaks. Our resilient habits are usually the old ones and have some psychological rewards while involving some external accountability. 

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