Coming out from the haze that was last week — half of it spent crunching, the other spent in bed with a migraine — I’ve been thinking a bit about my productivity routines and how sustainable they actually are.
Since I began experimenting, I’ve found some methods that work better than others.
Unlike many self-help articles that talk about waking up at 7am and sleeping at 11pm (sounds like a nightmare to me), I’ve slipped into a schedule that works for me.
In an article about the benefits of a “productivity purge”, Thomas Oppong writes that there’s no “perfect schedule”. It’s about finding something that fits you and your lifestyle.
But I’ve always found it hard to stick to schedules — even ones that I make for myself.
So it was exciting to see that Oppong writes about the importance of changing-up one’s routine. To prevent your brain from going into autopilot.
Having my routine disrupted last week (and yet, somehow managing to get things done with only a slight delay) made me realise that perhaps I could optimise my schedule even further.
Rather than schedule tasks, I should schedule deliverables. Ask myself, what results do I want to achieve? And then find the most efficient path there.