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How to Stay Productive With An Irregular (Even Unpredictable) Schedule

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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How to Stay Productive With An Irregular (Even Unpredictable) Schedule

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Routines reduce mental fatigue

They tell your brain what’s expected of it:

  • They reduce decision fatigue and that fight-or-flight stress that can get in the way of taking action.
  • They help you cultivate the “flow” state that leads to radical productivity.

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!’

Work structure

Develop a reserve of cues that tell your brain it’s time for work and outline a structure you can tap into whenever you need to get down to business.

For example, work from the same place (and do nothing but work there) or listen to the same music or background noise.

Routines are a personal thing

There’s actually limited value in reading about the exact routine of Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein - what worked for them isn’t likely to be the key to your productivity.

You’ll see the biggest returns from a daily routine when it’s a schedule that plays to your own unique rhythms and tendencies. 

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Prep your day the evening before

Reduce the number of decisions and tasks you have to do each morning in between waking up and doing your work:

  • Decide on and lay out your clothes for the following day the evening before and gather all other pieces of stuff you need (supplies, equipment).
  • Make your breakfast and lunch the night before and have it ready to grab in the fridge.

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People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive.

Tim Ferriss's tips for productivity

  1. Manage your moods: If you start the day calm it's easy to get the right things done and focus.
  2. Don't check email in the morning.
  3. Before you try to do it faster, ask whether it should be done at all.
  4. Focus in nothing more than eliminating distractions.
  5. Have personal system - productive people have a routine.
  6. Define your goals the night before.

Don't Check Emails In The Morning

If you check your emails, you're setting yourself up to react. An email comes in and suddenly you're giving your best hours to someone else's goals, not yours. You're not planning your day and prioritizing; you're letting your objectives be hijacked by whoever randomly decides to enter your inbox.

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A system is...

  • Something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of success regardless of the immediate outcome.
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Systems vs. goals

  • If you do something every day, it’s a system.
  • If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.

James Clear

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“When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.”

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