At the beginning of December my wife had major hip surgery, and due to my need to stay home and care for her, my focus and productivity have been suffering. After much frustration regarding completing my work, I realized that creating a routine will get my life and productivity back on track.
When I started my practice in late February last year, I found that I was far more comfortable with my work and far more productive when I had a rough routine for each day. I started each day by checking all my email (business and personal, so there was nothing on my mind that needed addressing), and responding to those things that were immediately resolvable. I was then able to prioritize the rest of my day’s work based on other email that needed addressing, as well as calendared tasks and regular commitments.
Since I have been without a routine for the last six weeks, I have had to suddenly reconstruct mine, which is a good exercise in determining what I value, what needs doing, and how best to get it done.
I have basically re-adopted my old routine (starting with email in the morning), but it also incorporates Marketing Monday, and better takes into account the rest of the items I need to address for my personal well-being (such as working out, reading for pleasure, rehearsals, and socializing).
Just beginning to formulate my new routine has made me more focused and productive.