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Purging your schedule

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.

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

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."

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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. 

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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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Building routines for the non-work parts of the day

When you have a pre-existing routine, it’s easier to fit work into it when it arises.

If you’re working from home on a regular basis, it’s good to get into a habit of showering and getting dressed, because it provides some parameters that say, ‘Work day has begun!’

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  • Capture. Write down everything you need to do.
  • Clarify. Break down each task into an actionable next step. 
  • Organize. Move each of those actionable tasks onto a specific list: E.g: Action: Things to do next, Waiting For: Tasks or projects you’ve delegated or are waiting on other people for, etc.
  • Reflect. Set time aside to re-assess your priorities and update your lists weekly or daily.
  • Engage. Start working through your Action list in order.

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Morning routines

Of all the different things you can try to improve your productivity, a morning routine is one of the most effective:

  • It gets you started and sets the tone for the upcoming day;
  • They take place in the most consistent part of the day - mornings are usually quiet, with fewer social obligations.

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