Productivity 101: Treat new routines like farmers treat their crops … with consistency.

More often than not, the people who talk about productivity for a living are not productive.

Over the past 5 years I have been the type of person who is always looking for “optimization” in the actions I take on a day to day basis. I read books, blogs, podcasts, use productivity tools, the whole nine yards. 

Here is my key takeaway: in general, people who talk about productivity for a living are simply not productive. 

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, I have experimented with my routines more than ever. My goal for this blog is to simply tell you about the value of being regimented with your routine.

It does not matter how many “optimization techniques” you try, what matters is that you are regimented for the ones that work for you and that you have reason for each of them. Stop hopping on the bandwagons of other people’s routines and do what works for you and makes you fulfilled when you go to bed every night. 

THE MENU THAT NEVER ENDS

I have tried so many of the different routines that people in productivity community suggest: 

  • Morning and night routine

  • Personal productivity apps

  • Experimenting with sleep

  • Trying different learning techniques (paper, digital, spaced repetition)

  • Diets (vegan, vegetarian, keto)

  • Training at different times of the day 

  • Taking “Sunday’s Off”

  • Journaling

  • Stretching / Yoga 

  • Meditation / Mindfulness

  • To-Do Lists

  • Diving into the quantified self

  • All the other crazy routines people are going to advertise. 

Some readers may even find it ironic that I am writing a blog on productivity, given my take on the community itself. I am not writing this for others, I am writing this for myself, a form of expression that helps me understand my habits and increases my productivity. 

Why should you even listen to me? Am I regimented? I am working on it. 

As a student, undergraduate researcher, age group Team Canada Triathlete and leading a startup, I have to manage my time and life in some way. Being regimented with less routines and having reason for each of those routines has helped tremendously. 

WHAT DOES BEING REGIMENTED LOOK LIKE?

You already know why being regimented matters. I don’t need to re-emphasize this. 

Am I regimented? No where near some of my friends and people I look up to. 

Treat your regiments like a farmer treats their crops. They need to feed the crops [ … ]

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