Somehow I have always maintained my childlike inquisitive mind, and when the internet began, there I was with my fingers all limbered and ready for some answers. I have never stopped thinking inquisitively about the world around me and wondering “What If?” and “What’s It All About?” Fortunately, when the “What If?” phrase became popular by Hewlett-Packard Company, I was working for them and had been for about 20 years. I loved the atmosphere of electronics and the magic of mind mapping. Studying programming languages was a treat although I was never a programmer, I found it intriguing just to learn and expand my knowledge. Then the Super Highway took off in the early 90’s, and I was there for the movement and expansion of the internet. Fast forward to today, there is no stopping the information stream that flows, but unfortunately, it is not always used for good. We must keep things in perspective.
I digress, but my point, I have been around long before the internet, and in fact, long before television, but the knowledge I have accumulated demonstrates the ability we each have to advance, improve, and learn.
With that said, I have a routine established that I perform seven days a week, and 52 weeks a year, give or take a cold or flu.
- To set my mood of the day I arise between 8 am, and 9 am daily.
- Prepare my first cup of coffee and sip my coffee as I awaken to the day while reviewing my emails, checking my agenda for the day.
- I then open several files on my desktop: ToDoList, Visual Thesaurus, Google Calendar, Excel files where I maintain my information spreadsheets and budget, OneNote where I maintain information I reference previously saved, and add to daily, and of course, MSWord.
- I review my calendar for events, phone calls, and reminders.
- Check my websites for responses. I schedule website updates on my calendar.
- Reference my ToDoList for the order of the day and things due that day.
- Then follow my agenda for the day.
- Take a break in the afternoon and update my budget, update my Todolist list as I progress through the day. Not always staying on point, but without a schedule, I wouldn’t come close to meeting goals and my expectations of myself.
- I read an article about writing if I am having a difficult time with my kick-start.
- Google something I have been quizzical about to spur my imagination.
- Just sit and stare at a blank wall and let my mind wander in its imaginary state.
- Read some poetry, or better yet write some poetry. Sparking those synapse spur on the thought process and everything falls into place.
- If all else fails, I tell myself that I could be doing housework if I didn’t have writing to do, and – Wahla . . . My thought process receives a jumpstart before I’m forced to do housework.
Let me know if this advice assists you in creating new work habits. I find that being methodical in action trains my mind and body to stay focused and productive. Aside from snacking during the day and dinner, I usually allow my computer to start napping between 10 pm and midnight.
Have a nice productive day!