Routines and Productivity

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Routines and Productivity
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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 7:43am

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/oct/05/daily-rituals-creative-minds-mason-currey

The Guardian had an interesting article yesterday about routines and productivity.  if you WOH/WAH and have control of your workload, how do you organize your day?  If you SAH but have. "brain work,"  I.e., classes, volunteers things to organize, etc, how do you choose to organize your day?

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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 7:54am

I pretty much live and breathe my daily planner, I schedule appointments, test dates, mark special events et al, I write down my grocery list in it too so essentially everything. 

 

 

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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 9:00am
I am usually up early and get some "brain work" done between 5-7:30 am. Then I break to let the dogs out, get ready for the work day, etc. I am usually at my desk by 10 and meetings/teaching begin at 11. I work pretty steadily between 11 and about 4, but if I say, finish reading an article at 12:40 and have to leave for my next class at 12:50, I might spend that ten minutes playing WWF or online. I also have a snack (vanilla yogurt and fruit) about 4, then work two more hours and go home around 6. I read my mail, fold laundry, relax, and then start dinner if I am cooking. We eat about 8. DH usually goes to bed between 9 and 10. I usually stay up and read, grade papers, or futz on the net with my phone, depending on my energy levels, until my younger son gets home. He works four nights a week and gets off at 10 on school nights and 11 on weekends and if takes him about 20 mins to get home. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch waiting for him and he had to wake me up to say goodnight, lol.
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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 9:23am

I do have control of my work day and the workload, outside of any IRS deadlines.  I set my own work day each day and what I do depends on the flow of the office and me personally.  I have work that is routine, which I do when I'm feeling frustrated with the more complicated work I do.  I also do quite a bit of research and recovery which I do when I need inspiration because that is my favorite thing to do.  I really like the work that I do because it balances me and it varies in intensity.  I find that I do my best "brain work" mid morning and then again mid afternoon and I time my meetings with my boss during that time and my more intense work during that time.

I like routines both in my personal life and work life, we are very much a family of routines and rituals, I find it comforting.  I'm very thankful that I am mostly in control of my work day and my personal days.


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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 9:25am

<< He works four nights a week and gets off at 10 on school nights and 11 on weekends and if takes him about 20 mins to get home. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch waiting for him and he had to wake me up to say goodnight, lol.>>

I try and wait up for my oldest on the weekend when he is out, but he often has to wake me up to say goodnight too, it's one of our rituals and one that I'm going to miss next year.


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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 10:22am
I aspire to routine, but rarely achieve it.
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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 1:43pm

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/oct/05/daily-rituals-creative-minds-mason-currey</p><p>The Guardian had an interesting article yesterday about routines and productivity.  if you WOH/WAH and have control of your workload, how do you organize your day?  If you SAH but have. "brain work,"  I.e., classes, volunteers things to organize, etc, how do you choose to organize your day?</p>

First, I'll rehash my "typical" work day:

5am - alarm. Up, pee, check the weather, change into workout clothes, read a bit of FB (enough to wake up before I head out), feed the yowling annoying cat, grab a bottle of water
5:20ish - at either the gym to workout or the lake to run
6:20 - back home. eat breakfast, fix the day's lunch, check on kids, trip over the cat, talk to the dog, shower, makeup/hair, dress
7:20-7:30 - leave for work, stopping for a Diet Pepsi on the way
7:40-7:50 - arrive at work
8-5 approximate - work (with lunch thrown in there somewhere)
5:20 - home, change clothes, pet the cat, talk to the dog, check in with whatever kid may be home, make dinner
6:45 - dinner
7-10:30-11 -- whatever need to be done, tv, read, whatever - depending on the day

Now, my work "schedule":

There isn't one, lol.  My work plans for the day are dictated by deadlines, by what walks in the door, by what email I receive, etc.  I try to make a "plan" for each day, knowing that the chances of sticking to that plan are slim.   I do, however, generally try to get the daily/easy stuff done first thing in the morning and usually last thing of the day.  Also, on Mondays, I try to distribute my funding announcements.  Otherwise, my daily work schedule is done by whatever is on fire, or what I (or my bosses, lol) have determine is top priority.   I do try to break up the big tasks with smaller, simpler tasks in between to refresh my brain, etc.

For example, today I've been putting together a PowerPoint presentation for our new faculty orientation on Friday.  I worked on it for about 2 hours solid and then needed a break so I moved on to something else for a while. I'll pick it back up again this afternoon.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 1:48pm

pumpkinangel wrote:
I try and wait up for my oldest on the weekend when he is out, but he often has to wake me up to say goodnight too, it's one of our rituals and one that I'm going to miss next year.</span></p><p><span><br /></span></p>

I woke up about 2:55 am on Sun morning and had to go check the driveway to see if The Girl's car was there. It was, lol.  I didn't know what time she'd gotten home until I talked to her later that morning.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 1:57pm

savcal2011 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">pumpkinangel</em> wrote:</div>I try and wait up for my oldest on the weekend when he is out, but he often has to wake me up to say goodnight too, it's one of our rituals and one that I'm going to miss next year.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>I woke up about 2:55 am on Sun morning and had to go check the driveway to see if The Girl's car was there. It was, lol.  I didn't know what time she'd gotten home until I talked to her later that morning.</p>

If he forgets, I walk down the hall to see if his room door is open or closed, something about knowing that everyone is home makes me sleep better.

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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 1:59pm

pumpkinangel wrote:
If he forgets, I walk down the hall to see if his room door is open or closed, something about knowing that everyone is home makes me sleep better.</p>

Thus the problem when The Girl sleeps upstairs instead of in her room ... It's quicker to look outside than go upstairs, lol.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Mon, 10-07-2013 - 7:44pm

I have some control over my work day.  The one thing I cannot control  is when UPS. Fedex and delivery trucks arrive.  so part of my day is scheduled around that. 

I am a morning person so when things get busy at work my preference is to go in early rather than stay late.  If I have 10 hours of work to do I would rather work 6:00 to 4:00 than 8:00 to 6:00. Also I try to do thing that require concentration in the  morning.

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