Routine Hacking

Routines. You might love them, hate them, or love to hate them. But there’s science behind them that says they work. I knew my morning routine was under-caffeinated crap–wake up after hitting snooze a couple times, roll out of bed grumpy and groggy, say prayers, gulp down a cup of coffee, then . . . work. No time for morning devotional reading, no breakfast, and never enough sleep.

This had to change, and before the kids went back to school. Thus, this week’s reading theme –> how to hack your daily routine. Here’s what caught my eye:

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The Six Morning Routines that Will Make You Happier, Healthier and More Productive. Different routines for different purposes appeals to me. School days are so different from weekends, and I love the flexibility these six routines provide.

7 Morning Habits That Can Affect Your Entire Day Oof … I’m guilty of both hitting snooze and checking my phone right away. Not good, eh? Here’s to a week of no snooze button (eek) and putting my phone on my desk overnight, instead of in the bedroom.

What to Do on 15-, 30-, and 60-Minute Breaks to Boost Productivity I’d never heard of a green micro break before, but it’s something I do all the time. Lots of focus here on movement, which I know helps me refocus after a break.

8 Powerful Evening Habits That Will Prepare You For a Better Tomorrow I love suggestion 4, taking time to reflect, and 5, focus on mastery experiences. I’ll admit I get sucked into Netflix with the family way too often, so the idea of taking time to focus on mastery experiences is one that I’ll be trying.

Added to my to-be-read list:

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, by Mason Currey

Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and at Home by Laura Vanderkam

Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style, by Carson Tate