It doesn’t take long when looking at productivity advice to come across an article or tip on how adding routine to your day can make a big difference. Follow the same process before you go to bed, or when you get up in the morning. Set up a standard operating procedure at work to ensure consistency and that no critical steps are missed. Take a walk or jog at the same time in the same place each day, so you can let your mind wander, unfocused, for a little while.
They all sound like fun in an ideal world, but most of us don’t live in an ideal world, and it’s hard to see that they’d be beneficial enough for the effort it would take to get such habits started.
Or at least that’s how I normally think.
There are some routines in my life that I’ve become accustomed to and people around me have become, or are becoming, accustomed to as well. Taking lunch in the local park each day at noon for example. Or having a cup of tea first thing in the morning. Or writing a new blog post… okay, I haven’t quite worked out a routine on that one yet.
So sometimes we don’t have routines, and we’re okay with that, but then we find something that would really benefit from a routine and when we apply it, interesting things happen.
Right now I’m thinking about my new Twitter routine, yes I have a Twitter account! It’s been connected to my blog for a while and shares each new post I write, but that’s not really utilising it to its fullest. This is where a routine could help out! So for the past couple of days, I’ve been setting scheduled Twitter posts using Hootsuite, where I will share a quote from my latest post, with a link of course, 3 times a day.
While it’s too early to say if it’s produced any beneficial impact, I at least feel much more positive about how I’m using Twitter, even if I’m still not directly interacting there.
Hopefully with a routine set up, it’s the beginning of a much more ‘visible’ me? We’ll just have to wait and see, it’s only one of many things I have planned for my short-term future, but I can at least do this part for now!