The Little Known Truth About Routines

What words come to mind when you read or hear the word “routine?”

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Perhaps words like:

Boring

Depressing

Monotonous

Grind

Life-changing

Wait a minute! What? That last one doesn’t fit.

Or does it?

What if I told you that routines can be life-changing? What if I told you that the key to achieving your big breakthrough and finding more joy in life could be found in a routine?

You Will Never Change Your Life Until…

Secret of Success is found in your daily routine - John Maxwell

Here are three things to remove from your daily routine and three things to add.

Remove these things:

  1. 10 minutes of social media. I’m not saying to go Amish (I can always make fun of the Amish online because they have no proof I wrote anything). I’m telling you to find 10 minutes to remove. That’s all.
  2. 15 minutes (or more) of email. There are countless books, articles, and podcasts on managing your email. The KISS method of cutting back on email time is this: 
    • Check and respond in batches only during certain times of the day. Some brag that they only check twice a day. Great. I work in service industries so that is not optional, but I still stick to a strict schedule of checking email…and I knock out all of them each time.
    • Don’t check email on your phone unless you are prepared to reply. You probably waste 5-10 minutes each day reading and marketing as unread only to read again later.
    • Follow Rule #7 here and teach other my rules for not sucking at email. They will save you time!