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I’ve always talked about the importance of routine or ritual in your day, especially your morning ritual or routine. That sets the tone for your day. Having a weekly routine is just as important. Having a routine will make the difference between you just going through your days and actually getting the end results you’re looking for. After all, that’s what it’s about.

Following a pattern sets you up so you always know what’s next and as a result to be better prepared for what is coming up, so you’re improving when it comes to being ready and having what you need in place. Once you do things repeatedly, you develop the mindset for being more efficient and you discover how to improve on your processes and how to do things more quickly.

Having your routine in place also makes it easier for you and your team to schedule additional things, so you start to create fluid movement within your week that allows for increased momentum. If you look at the things you do on a regular basis, you will see that there are things you do every week.  You may have something that should be getting done weekly, but it’s not happening because you haven’t got your schedule in place or you’re operating off of what you have in your head.

It’s just as important to have a structure for your week as it is to have a daily one. Start by making a list of the things that have to be done every week. Figure out what days and times work best for each activity that you list and get it in your calendar. You might find that something comes along that will call for a change in the day you do something, so make the shift accordingly.

Establish your weekly routine, setting up your days based upon what works for you. Remember, productivity is personal, so take the concept and make it fit you like your favorite pair of shoes. Get it in place and stick with it. It will help you become more efficient. You’ll also find that you have more control of your time with a regular routine in place. Over time your routine will contribute to your increased level of productivity.

 


Gavel & Hour GlassWhen you step back and look at how highly productive people pull it off, you see commonalities across the board. Here I’m going to share my three most important rules for productive people. My list of rules is longer, but these are three of my top rules in my Time Wielder’s™ rule book.

Rule #1: Know your Productivity Persona™ and act accordingly- Let me ask you right now, what do you know about yourself that impacts your approach to getting things done? Do you see the role that your personality plays? Do you have a system in place that was created based upon your personality? Since you’re reading this, I’m guessing that you probably don’t. This is the place to start to gain your new perspective, learn how your personality plays a role when it comes to time, and the pieces that you need to create your own personalized system so that you can get things done and move forward with what you’re up to in the world. Your Productivity Persona™ is the key to discovering how to make time work for you and your own way of getting things done.

Rule #2: Know and stick to your priorities-On a daily basis you have to know what your priorities are and act accordingly. When you don’t know what your priorities are you end up wasting time trying to figure out what to do first, decide what goes on your agenda and you end up adding things that don’t deserve your time. Create your priorities and know undoubtedly what they are. You can get clues about them by looking at your values and how your values flow into your work. Create your list and be sure to prioritize your goals and projects. If you prioritize your goals and projects, you don’t have to figure out the priority of the tasks related to them. Each task gets its priority from the related project or goal. This allows you to schedule your priorities instead of prioritizing your schedule.

Rule #3: Establish your morning ritual-One thing that’s common among highly productive people is that they begin their days early and their mornings include meditation, a workout and a healthy breakfast. My idea of healthy is a green smoothie or something else vegan. You’d be surprised at the boost that it will give you. Add these to your morning ritual. When it’s time to shift into work mode, do so consciously. Look at the day you’ve planned so that you know what’s up for the day is and note your top three priorities for the day. Establishing your morning ritual will definitely have a positive impact on your day.

 

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