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Strict Daily Routine?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Simas9, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Simas9

    Simas9 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    So it`s 4PM here and I`ve just woke up. My daily routine is pathetic these weeks and it really makes a negative impact on my performance during the day - even though I workout almost everyday and sleep for 6-7 hours (the rest time is for getting the IM job done) I feel that I am doing only about 30% of the work I could be doing cause there is almost no orderliness...I tried to write my 'to-do' lists and they help...but only a little.

    How do you guys deal with it? Maybe some people who developed a good and efficient daily routine could share some tips?
     
  2. bluenose10

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    Sorry man , but anyone who knows about working out knows that everyday is far too much, cut down to 3 to 4 times a week rest more and get organized.

    organization Is The Key To Success.
     
  3. Simas9

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    I work out at the gym 3 times a week and I am swimming for 2 times at the pool. Swimming counts as a 'little workout' for me, especially when all of the muscle groups are taking part in this activity :)
     
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    i have a minimum daily to do list which includes publishing my writers backlinking articles and paying any writer who made payout. some days that is all i do. some days i put in a full 12-16 hours working on other stuff. most days are somewhere in the middle.

    ive tried to be super organized but it is just not my style. figuring out the absolute minimum that i have to do and giving myslef permission to do just that is what has allowed me to get the most done.
     
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    Going to a 9-5 job is a routine in itself and you are governed in the rulings of the bosses, so this pretty much keeps you disciplined (though I've worked with some really idle bastards in the past).

    When you become practically self employed, you are the boss of yourself and don't have to answer to anyone, and showing discipline to yourself is the most difficult part.

    I would one weekend get yourself a pen and notepad and plan yourself out a complete daily routine for an entire week. Then draw yourself out a weekly planner, with each day broken up into hourly sections up to 16 hours and this should all be fit onto one A4 sheet of paper or card.

    Then simply transfer your plan onto the weekly planner and place on a wall that you pass every day and can look at what your routine for each day is.

    I would then follow this routine stringently for at least a couple of weeks, then plan another weekly planner so you do not get bored with the same daily routine.

    Example of weekly planner here:

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    routine is not good :) that's why I keep always all my chat softwares on ... I know can distract from work , but it's better from being '' bored / tired '' after a full day of work , or research ... things what you can try to do ...
    1. avoid to get involved in loads of projects in same time ( like building 3-4 different splogs ) - never will succeed just switching tabs ! , avoid to work on multiple parallel '' same '' tasks
    2. for peoples who work more than 6-8 hours daily on computer/desk ... try and take breaks often ... ( like getting yourself a new coup of coffee/ tea ... ) .
    3. peoples who smoke ( I do and I do alot ( like 30-40 cigars daily ... ) ) I found it's better to not smoke at the working station , go outside - well actually I can't do this lol , simply it's driving me crazy ... but maybe works better for you
    4. keep any radio/news channel on tv /iphone/ipod open ... it's helping you to focus better - that's really works for me I have a real problem with this sometime I don't even hear my own phone when is ringing lol ... :)
    5. do sport regularly ( actually I don't like to do but even small movements can help / park walks when I have a chance ... it's a must ... )
     
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  7. Simas9

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    Ty for some great tips guys...thank god I quit smoking cause it used to kill a looot of my time (I was a professional smoker just like you are now) :))
     
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    I agree with a couple people who said make yourself a realistic timeline and stick to it. I use google calendar (so I can use it on my phone too) and schedule blocks of time to get things done. It also has a task list so you can put specific tasks in there to check off... I also have an app for the tasks list on my phone... since my google calendar that is on my phone doesn't allow me to see the tasks I have listed for some reason.
     
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    ye smoking isn't good I know , but I don't even try to think of quitting lol
     
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    Time management is the hardest thing about our thing, but you have to treat it more like a business than a hobby. Also, having a schedule and not bumming around all day helps you stay mentally and emotionally healthy.

    I like the idea that was given above about writing out your daily minimum. I was really depressed a few weeks ago about my lack of action on a project that's been in the burner for over a year, so I typed up a daily list of what I HAVE to do. I printed it out so that I would have to check off on what I've accomplished.

    Another thing I did was work a schedule that was 1 day for short term cash, and 1 day to work on long term money. I also have 5 white boards, and a huge white board so that I would be FORCED to see all my ideas.

    Good luck!
     
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    Wow, some really good stuff in this thread.

    I second the idea of typing out a list of things you HAVE TO DO for a given day. Then spend like 5-10 minutes on putting them in the right order. That's what I did last semester when I had 13h of college + 28h of work + around 15h commuting and 6h of working out per week. I got into a really strict routine that was down to almost every minute, with around 2 hours per day to dick around, read, play video games etc.

    You can also try the pomodorro technique or other variations of it, depending on what you want to do.

    I'm going to test my discipline soon because I'm going back to work and school and I also want to work on some side projects (programming/makin' soap), learning krav maga AND starting out with IM. Dunno if it's humanly possible to do all that at the same time on a weekly basis oO.
     
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    I used to have the same problem .. could not wake up before 4 pm to save my life .. i tried 3 alarms but i would keep pressing soonze. it took me 3 months to brake this horrible habit. only thing i can say is FORCE yourself to go to bed before 12 am and set and alarm at liek 6 am so even if you press snooze, your not going to press it for 10 hrs straight .. thats just stupid and im sure youll get tired of it after awhile. Set a PLAN for what you will do wen you wake up (obviously somthing you like or is urgent) like if you need to get some important shit done with your bank, tell your self its the last day to do it and actualy beLIEve it lol itll help your mind wake up if you know somthing important has to be done the next day
     
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    Oh yea! and also it might be your bed man .. is it old ? because maybe your not gettin deep enough sleep. once i got a new bed, my longg lazy sleeping habits went away quickly ! real ishh