Routines are great if you know how to manage them. A routine can be something really helpful, for example drinking a glass of water just before you start working, or really bad, for example spending time on Facebook and playing games on your phone instead of calling your team members.
If you know how to use your routines to your advantage, you’ll be able to focus more and to become more productive. Therefore, I’ll give you an example of two routines, one for each of the following situations:
- one for helping you start working and getting over the mood of not wanting to do anything;
- another one for helping you become creative when you feel stuck on the same idea – also known as the writer’s block.
Let’s start with the first one.
For sure you have been in a situation where you would have done anything but work. There are high chances it will happen again if you are working from home.
To overcome this, all you have to do is to force yourself to work and by that I mean that you should try to remove any external distraction and focus as much as possible for the first 20 minutes.
Forcing yourself to work for as less as 20 minutes will, eventually, over time, transform into the habit of not postponing things with the excuse that you’re not in the mood for doing something.
Therefore, every time you feel like you don’t want to do something, force yourself to do it for at least 20 minutes.
The second routine is about overcoming the writer’s block.
It’s called the writer’s block because it’s mostly happening to writers when they try to write for many hours in a row without breaking their creative process. But it happens to everyone who has to use at least some sort of dose of creativity into their work.
To overcome it I recommend you take a step back from your activity, pause, and do something that will help your brain refresh. For example, go for a short walk of 10 minutes, drink a glass of water and breathe fresh air. Anything that will make you use your whole body will be useful.
When you use your whole body, you improve your blood circulation and that helps the thinking process.