The modern world runs on schedules, timetables and routines. Technology has brought scheduling to a new level, with smartphones and handheld devices acting as ever-present personal assistants. Because routines don't require much conscious thought, they can help people accomplish more. But some people don't want alarms going off all the time and even hate routines. If you're in this group, some practical solutions can help keep you organized.
Rethink the Word “Routine”
Everyone has some type of routine, whether she realizes it or not. Most people think of a routine as a stuffy schedule that requires a lot of willpower. However, routines are a part of daily life. Most people prefer to eat the same thing for breakfast, watch T.V. at the same time and brush their teeth before bed. A routine doesn’t have to be difficult to keep; it just has to be something that you do at a specified time or on a certain day.
People who have a difficult time instituting routines sometimes try to start a routine that is too rigid. They think that such a routine will help them to get a lot accomplished during the day. In reality, these types of routines rarely work. Instead of trying to change your entire daily routine, start with something small. If you have a difficult time getting to work on time, simply set your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier. You don’t need to get up at 5:00 a.m. -- just a few minutes earlier. Starting with a small routine will make it easier.
Prioritize Your Goals
If you have trouble setting a routine, you may also struggle with time management because those who hate routines usually like to live a carefree lifestyle. However, they often struggle getting everything done. Prioritize your time by making a list of the things that you need to accomplish during the day. Number the items on the list, and work on the first item before moving on to the second. As you work your way down the list, you will accomplish the most important things without a rigid routine.
Stay True to Yourself
Not every person is able to make and keep a rigid routine. Some individuals work best on a very strict schedule, but others work better on a more flexible one. Whatever your style, stay true to yourself. Instead of trying to change your style, find ways to enhance it.
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