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Our day creates our life. We mistakenly believe that we will work hard, get lucky and eventually achieve success, not knowing that making each day successful is the key to a successful life.
The daily routines of famous people provide us with key ideas on focusing on what matters, simplicity and decision making.
The writer slept for about three to four hours in the afternoon/evening and then worked on his books till 2:00 am.
He realized that he is more creative at night, and took care of his day job (at an insurance firm) by working about six hours in the day.
The entrepreneur only checks his email once in the morning and does not touch it again for 24 hours.
He also never takes any work home. This is a lesson for today's hyper-connected world with endless phone notifications and blurred boundaries of work and home.
The Former Prime Minister stayed in bed until 11:00 a.m., reading newspapers and having breakfast.
He enjoyed his leisure time on a normal work day, with an afternoon nap, plenty of eating and reading books.
The famous Apple Co-founder used to get up and look in the mirror, asking himself this: If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? If the answer he got was ‘no’ for too long, it would be clear he needs to change something in his life.
This stoic reminder makes us reevaluate our lives and live each day at its best, leading to a more happy and fulfilled existence.
The British journalist ensures a fitness sports routine for an hour every morning, followed by a beauty routine.
We need to put ourselves first in the morning, rather than being trapped in obligations or the instructions of other people.
Getting up at 4:00 am is an exceptional routine to follow, as implemented by one of the founding fathers of the United States.
The early morning focus is unparalleled, and we can make or break the day by seizing the morning and intentionally focusing on what we want to accomplish for the day before it starts.
The writer/journalist used to write early morning and then stop in the afternoon after reviewing his work, using the downtime from afternoon till night to debate ideas in his head and get ready for the next morning.
The lesson here is that it is important to stop working and letting our mind work on its own.
The writer used to reflect on what she had done during the day during late evenings, before dinner.
This period of incubation makes us a witness, and is a form of meditation, highly crucial for creative professionals.
The writer, filmmaker and philosopher had specific time zones for work, with no phone calls before noon, and taking the entire Friday to answer letters.
This scheduling routine helps us avoid getting stressed.
The writer used to explore unfamiliar terrien on foot or on the bicycle. Apart from walks, he used to go and see friends, read in cafes, sketch, paint, make notes, and finally write when in the mood.
This diverse range of activities minimized writer’s block.
The Japanese writer used to wake up at 4:00 am and work for about six hours, then going for a 10 km run or swimming. He used to follow strict discipline and used the technique of mesmerism by conditioning the mind with repeated disciplinary behaviour.
It isn’t easy waking up daily at 4:00 am, so Marukami used his disciplinary behvaiour to go to bed at 9:00 pm sharp.
Many people run their lives on a faulty operating system, namely the to-do list.
People who use a to-do list keep a running list of all the things they promise to get done, but at the end of the day, the list of uncompleted tasks got longer. Their days and sometimes entire careers are spent in a blur of never getting enough done, even though they use a technique that they thought would make them more productive.
There is nothing wrong with getting tasks onto a piece of paper or app. The problem is running your life with a to-do list.
The best to-do list is one you make with a schedule builder.
It's much easier to fill up our to-do list than to actually do the tasks.
Constantly reminding ourselves that we didn't do what we said we'd do cements a self-stereotype: We begin to see ourselves as someone who doesn't follow through. Eventually and subconsciously, we begin to see ourselves as the problem. The narrative is that we are not good with deadlines; maybe we are no good. In reality, the real culprit is the to-do list methodology.
While to-do lists are supposed to keep us on task, they don't.
To-do lists lead to more distraction. A distraction is any action that draws us away from what we plan to do. Working on a task can be a distraction if it is not what you committed to doing with your time. For example, instead of working on a big planned project, looking at your to-do list can give you 'permission' to escape into doing something else, thereby putting off the real hard task.
A to-do list is a cruel and oppressive ruler. To-do lists occupy our minds, stress us out and drain enjoyment out of our lives.
Few people know what leisure time is supposed to feel like. Unfinished tasks invade our thoughts when we try to relax and sometimes keep us up at night worrying about the tasks we still have to do.
If you want to stop the tyranny of the to-do list, you must break the habit of letting your list tell you what to do. Build a weekly schedule instead. For example, study from 2-4 pm, exercise from 4-6 pm, work from 6-9 pm, work on the to-do list from 9-10 pm.
It is quite understandable that not all productivity apps will work for everyone.
You might add a list of tasks to an app, tell yourself you'll use it, and then forget to open the app again. Instead, you might use a sticky note to keep track of your tasks. This means the app did not work for you. You should not feel guilty about using a different system that works for you.
Everyone envisions the ideal, productive version of themselves. That imaginary self uses a to-do list app.
Productivity blogs have done a great job of branding themselves as essential. These apps can be helpful, but if they don't work for you, that's ok.
Productivity is a personal thing, and what works for other people might not work for you. That's not embarrassing. Use the tool that works best for you.
Many productive people use sticky notes to keep track of tasks. Other people use paper as the ultimate productivity tool. Some even use their inbox as a to-do list.
When we are not interested to take action, and we're feeling no motivation to do a certain a task, it means we are not connected to some possibility in our lives. If we get clear on that possibility, and feel connected to it, we are going to feel much more energized and inspired to take on our tasks.
There are lots of possibilities, but the important thing is to connect to yours, before you even take on a task. And reconnect when you’re feeling like not doing it. Example of possibility: Create an income with your new business to support yourself and your family.
After you've identified and committed to your possibility, it’s important to bring structure into your daily schedule.
This can take many forms:
Connecting to possibility and creating a daily structure are important steps , but then you have to actually put it into action. This step is crucial.
Take on the hard tasks, in small chunks. Check things off your list, while feeling the meaning and possibility you’re creating.