In the first post of this series, I shared with you the five keys that changed my life from drudgery and stress to fun and engaging.
In Part 1 of this series, I showed how writing down your vision for the business you want to build gives you laser-like clarity in your decision-making.
In Part 2 of this series, I showed you how truly living the 80/20 rule frees up so much time to do more or to have more fun.
In this article, I want to show you to take that decision-making to a higher level and free up hours of time in your days and weeks so you can fully live the life you most desire.
I used to have terrible bright shiny object syndrome. I could never stick to a plan or finish anything. There was always something that distracted me and got me off course.
As a result, I rejected routine as the path of mindless drones, doomed to a life of dull, repetitive behaviors.
Then I started reading about super-successful people. And they all had routines.
I started implementing simple routines in my life and discovered they set me free.
Routines are just automated or pre-determined patterns of behavior. Like when Mark Zuckerberg decides to wear only gray t-shirts and jeans. He is automating his wardrobe choice each day.
When you automate certain behaviors you free yourself from having to think about them.
Science shows you have only so much capacity for decision making during the day. If you use it up on mundane choices early in your day, you deplete your ability to make good decisions later on.
Think of it as a point system. You only have, say, 100 points per day for decisions. If you use 5 points on deciding what to eat for lunch, you lose those points you could have used for a money-making decision.
That’s why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same kind of clothes each day. He doesn’t want to waste precious points on what to wear.
I discovered that when I make a routine out of my day, I am able to be creative and productive for an entire day.
My typical workday routine looks like this:
(Note: I take frequent breaks to walk around and stretch during the day. I also don’t work every day. I alternate in rest days as necessary so I can travel and explore. Also, I don’t have a lot of calls/appointments as I apply the 80/20 rule to people who want my time. That means many days my afternoons are mostly free for friends, family and hobbies.)
When I stick to this routine, life is easy and I get everything done that is important for driving my company forward.
When I deviate from the routine, things get messy and I find myself falling behind and feeling stressed. If I get off track, I go back to my strategic plan and my 80/20 to remind myself what is really important.
How you can use this for yourself:
Laura Posey is Chief Instigator at Simple Success Plans. Her driving mission is to show entrepreneurs how to double their business while taking more time out of the company to make a difference in the world. She is an avid traveler and is always looking to connect with readers around the world.
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