The Strategist

Here's why you need to organize your day


01/25/2019 - 11:56



This is the most powerful tool to overcome difficulties and obstacles. Without it, a person is often distracted by senseless stimuli and unnecessary things. This is necessary to facilitate work and allows you to start performing tasks without too much thought. This is your daily schedule.



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The fact that the daily routine simplifies work with complex tasks is proven by scientific papers.

If you repeat the same action regularly, your nerve cells create connections with each other. These connections are getting stronger with every repetition, and actions become habitual. Almost no energy is spent on their implementation.

Remember how you learn new words of a foreign language. First you memorize them in a different context until the word enters the active dictionary.

Any new action requires maximum concentration, focus and effort. With each repetition, confidence in execution appears, and later it is performed unconsciously. The released energy allows you to concentrate on something else.

Routine has long been considered a synonym for the words "boredom" and "meaninglessness." However, if the daily schedule is not properly organized, everything will be dull and gray. On the contrary, properly organized daily routine will only stimulate inspiration and creativity.

Why do we need to organize our day?

Scientists at Duke University have proved that a person makes 40% of decisions unconsciously. This is good news because we are learning new skills that may become habitual actions.
But this is also bad news, because unconsciousness in decision making gives rise to bad habits.

The power of the daily schedule will appear when you replace bad habits with useful actions.

Baby steps

Start with something small to achieve maximum results. Make your steps smaller and perform your usual actions gradually, one after another. Do not try to change all your bad habits at once. To begin, select one action that does not make sense and replace it with a useful one.

Replace social networks in the morning with ten pages of a book, or long telephone conversations - with live communication.

A small victory will spur you on.

Switch

It is very difficult to get rid of any tiny habit. Behind each usual action there is a chain “stimulus - action - reward”. Instead of changing the habit, change the stimulus.

Find what the habit "includes". If you are late for work every day because you can’t wake up properly, accustom yourself to get out of bed after the alarm call and do exercises.

Initially, it will be hard. But the neural connections will become stronger every time, and finally the morning getup will become unconscious and familiar.

Alternate

It can be very boring to do the same actions every day. Design different schedules for each day of the week to keep you motivated. Think of a theme for each day or alternate habits by day of the week.

Leave the basic steps, but dilute them with new ones. For example, hold meetings on Monday, devote Tuesday to marketing and development, communicate with partners and investors on Wednesday, develop new products on Thursday, and engage in the company's corporate culture on Friday. This method will keep your daily routine in good shape and will motivate you.

Based on “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown