I have a love-hate relationship with routine but I’ve been coming round to appreciating just how much it has to offer me when it comes to time management, increasing productivity and restoring balance. Our problems, routine and I, stem from my aversion to monotony. The irony is that I actually love planning my time and have an obsession with constantly designing new routines. It took some reflection for me to realise that, I was making the meaning of the words “monotony” and “routine” interchangeable (the latter need not result in the former) and that, there is actually some merit in my repeated reviewing and adjusting of routines.
- It's finally summer in the UK. At least for this week. That means I'm getting more sun (and necessary vitamin D) and finding more excuses to go outside. As somebody who works from home, I find it very easy to spend all days indoors without realising it!
- My changing diet. I've been pretty much primal for several months now but after finally reading Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint, I was inspired to go 21 days straight with no grains and no sugar (I'll be sharing why and how it's been next week).
- Exercise. Something that I stopped doing regularly a few months ago (because of travel, life and if I'm really honest, not being bothered enough to prioritise it). But as I make diet changes, I am also making other lifestyle changes and that involves a whole lot more moving (I'll be sharing more about that soon too).
All in all, I'm feeling good and that usually translates to getting more, quality, satisfying stuff done. I constantly have several things on my plate, what with running a business, managing staff and client projects, keeping up with chores, working on Afri-love and trying to have a life.
I don't want to say I couldn't do all this without my trusty tools (I don't want to give up total hope on human potential) BUT, right now, the following productivity tools are a godsend: