"Process saves us from the poverty of our intentions." —Elizabeth King
I'm obsessed with routine. And I approach my job with perhaps the same focus and intensity as a professional athlete. Because working on a startup is hard. Especially when your duties call for you to be both a maker and a manager.
I won't share my entire process because that could fill a small book. But I'll share just a small part of it to kick off this thread:
- Scheduled website blocking. Before I even wake up, a website-blocking app called Freedom blocks social media and news sites from 5am to 10am.
- Eat the frog. When I get up in the morning, I figure out my single most important task and work on it for 100–150 minutes. It doesn't matter that I finish — only that I put in the time and effort. I do this every morning without exception. On my birthday. On vacation. On days where I'm sick. Doesn't matter. It usually means announcing this policy to friends and colleagues and putting DND mode on my devices. Occasionally I'll cancel an afternoon meeting if I wake up late.
- Meditation. After eating the frog, I take 5–15 minutes to meditate. Then I schedule the rest of my day. Meditation isn't a religious or mystical thing for me. It's just a reliable pattern interrupt that lets me stop ruminating about the work I've been doing all morning and take a clear-eyed view of the other stuff I need to do that day.
Enough about me. Do you have a routine?