Friday, January 29, 2010

Routinely Routine

I am a sucker for routines. I love reading about the routines of other people, particularly self-employed folk who work from home. More particularly still, creative entrepreneurs who work from home. But, really, any kind of routine porn is good.

That's why I practically squealed with joy when I discovered this site: Daily Routines. I mean, seriously, could this be more exciting for me? Unless it involved Agent Booth from 'Bones' cleaning my house while I sipped French champagne and read a whole magazine without interruption, then no it could not.

Strange fantasies of fake FBI agents cleaning my house aside, I have also just discovered a blog I love very very much.

It talks about routines and creative-entrepreneurship, among many other wonderful things, so I love it by default. modernemotive is ace. I read it every day.

I never used to be but I'm now quite pedantic about my routine. I'm afraid that if I don't stick to it then the whole day/week/month will go down the chute.

At the end of last year I wrote out everything that is a constant to-do in my life, both business and home-related. I then divvied all those tasks up to one of five workdays. Now I have a standing to-do list for each day of the week and add to that as needed. For example, Mondays I have the following on the list - exercise, clean kitchen, sweep, vacuum, mop floors, laundry, ironing, email catch-up, plan blog posts, stocktake inventory and supplies, list anything requiring re-order, write up the week's production list, tidy studio.

Then every day has a running order that I like to stick to, but I won't bore you with that. Suffice to say, it starts at 6am and finishes anywhere from 5pm to midnight.

Image from here.

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