Routines are boring, but efficient. I love them because of it.
Nov 11, 2020
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Getting caught daily in the endless cycles of productive work, we move towards extending and optimizing our productivity, not once thinking of stopping and taking a break.
The most overlooked key to productivity is to pause and rest, something that feels counterintuitive.
Time is our precious resource. It is perishable, it is irreplaceable, and it cannot be saved. It can only be reallocated from activities of lower value to activities of higher value.
Time management refers to how you schedule and organize your time for different activities.
With having a strong work ethic, one must also have a rest ethic that is just as strong. To be able to function in our best, we must find the time to give ourselves proper rest. Think of it as breathing; if you keep inhaling, there will come a point where you'll reach your limits and need to exhale.
Burnouts are incredibly common nowadays and so it is even more reason to give yourself a well-deserved break.
Doing various things at once is usually a way to quieten anxiety. When you're drowning in to-dos, it's calming to feel that you're getting to lots of them at the same time. It's also reassuring to think that you're handling all the issues, not just one.
But the feeling is misleading. Research shows that you waste time and energy "task-switching". Worse, each activity becomes a way of avoiding the next. It means that you make less progress in many areas, and you make less progress overall.
Use an app to get you into the routine of doing certain activities daily and weekly.
At first, it might feel silly to write day-to-day tasks down in an app, but the process of ticking them off and tracking your progress helps to get you into a routine.
Mindfulness and meditation are effective strategies to still and center our thoughts and emotions but they do not seem to help much during a wait.
We feel anxious during the wait because that time is imposed on us, with us being unable to control anything. Waiting is also used by people to remind others about their power. That is why the ‘needy’ person in a relationship or even at the interview venue is kept waiting.