Sharper New Year Routines – STP030

Episode 30–  In this episode we help you prepare for a sharper new YOU for next year, by revisiting the subject of routines. We’ve produced a compilation episode on the subject, with all the really useful stuff from episodes 12 and 13.

If you’d like to listen to the FULL episodes, the links are here:

  • Episode 13 (Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me) where we cover:
    • How your ‘start of day’ and your ‘end of day’ routine support each other, and support you getting stuff done
    • Why say how you end your day is critical – in this article
    • Michael Hyatt says, “The right activities before you sleep can set you up for success the next dayin this article
    • The two groups of ‘end of day’ routines – the workday one, and the dayday one
    • Why it’s even more important to have a defined end of day process if you do work which doesn’t have its own clear end to each day
    • A great template for a 7 step routine from – the full article is here
      • 1. Clean up your physical and digital workspace
      • 2. Review your to-done’s
      • 3. Write out tomorrow’s to-do list
      • 4. Set yourself up to “Eat Your Frog” first thing in the morning
      • 5. Confront the things you’ve been putting off. (Break them down and choose one ‘next step’ for tomorrow)
      • 6. Set a time to end your workday and stick to it
      • 7. End on a high note:
        • Forgive yourself
        • Show gratitude
        • Do someone a favour
    • My personal end of workday routine (from 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done) looks like this:
      • Spend 5 minutes asking yourself these key questions:
        • How did my day go? What went well? What were my challenges?
        • What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do – differently or the same tomorrow?
        • Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback with?
      • Set a ‘turn off your screen’ time – and stick to it
      • Wind-down time, take it seriously
        • Take the time to work out how long you need to start your wind-down process. Mine is 45 minutes between starting, and going to sleep
      • Journal. Take time in your wind down space to write down:
        • What went well for you today
        • What you learned today which developed you, or improved something
        • Three things you appreciate, or are grateful for. The more basic, the better
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