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  • Home routine

    Do you use any routine for your afterwork hours? Mine is:

    - Come home
    - Sports (not every day though)
    - Dinner
    - Home work (1-2 next actions)
    - Family time

  • #2
    Originally posted by Soland View Post
    Do you use any routine for your afterwork hours?
    Nearly everyone will have a routine. The bigger question is whether they chose them conciously or just let them form themselves.

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    • #3
      I have a morning and an evening checklist, they're both quite long. The morning one has 32 items, the evening one has 50 items. They're roughly in the order I would like to do them.

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      • #4
        I'm big on the routine. I actually have a checklist in MS Excel and I can print off my routine and check it off during the day. It's got one for the morning, reminders for during the day, and an evening routine.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Suelin23 View Post
          I have a morning and an evening checklist, they're both quite long. The morning one has 32 items, the evening one has 50 items. They're roughly in the order I would like to do them.
          50! is that 'possibles' or 'do them alls'? Could you give me a snapshot of a couple?

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          • #6
            For me 4-5 items are quite a lot

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            • #7
              There's 50 because they're quite small items. They're checklist items, not a to do list, I just like to read all the things I could/should do on a daily basis and make a concious decision about them each night.

              Kettle on
              Water pot plants
              Empty compost bin
              Change clothes
              Air house
              fetch lunchbooxes
              clothes to laundry
              washing on
              cook dinner
              etc

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              • #8
                Cook dinner is the winner!

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                • #9
                  If you think of home routine then before this you have to think about your home maintenance. it will help you to set a positive routine.

                  home maintenance calendar
                  house maintenance checklist
                  Last edited by alexdrum111; 11-05-2011, 02:14 AM.

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                  • #10
                    I could never bring myself to sign up to such an ugly app. The kerning alone ugh.

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                    • #11
                      I'm quiete messy with my routine after work, all I do is just list all important things that I really need to do so that I wont forget it. I use some online tool to keep me organize at my daily routine. I start with cooking dinner when I got home.

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                      • #12
                        My morning routine

                        - Turn shower on (takes like 30 sec. for water to warm up)
                        - Put cup of tea or instant coffee in microwave for 3 min.
                        - Hop in shower (10-15 min.)
                        - Sync new podcasts to iPod shuffle
                        - Get dressed while looking through Next Actions (in Things app on my iPad). Star/Unstar items for today.
                        - Check weather/overnight Twitter feed. Star interesting things to Read Later (literally). Should take no more than 10 min.
                        - Drink coffee/tea/Have a quick breakfast
                        - Check if briefcase has everything I need for the day
                        - Go to work

                        (I try to do stuff like put Trash out or run the dryer to have clothes I need the night before)

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                        • #13
                          I've been a big believer in routines, but I now think they're best left for work hours only. Years fly by while we strive for future goals, and we forget to live. It's a real shame if we can't be spontaneous, and make decisions on what to do in the moment, even though this can be less "efficient" in terms of our goals on lists. Not every part of the most precious parts of life can be listed, planned, or done regularly as part of a routine. Routines, or always having something to do, can crowd out or prevent the most special moments from happening.

                          Striving for efficiency, and "GTD" in daily life tends to result in a neglect of living. Life's too short, and we should be relaxed about doing things slowly. We should be free to spontaneously walk outside and enjoy a thunder storm, spontaneously pick up a book and read, or stare at the clouds and daydream, without a thought of what to get done now/next spoiling these most precious moments of life.

                          BTW, I think it's great to have lots of regular scheduled time for family--that's most important, especially for the ambitious. I wasn't talking about that. And planned spontaneity isn't the same as when natural and free.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Shiyin View Post
                            Striving for efficiency, and "GTD" in daily life tends to result in a neglect of living. Life's too short, and we should be relaxed about doing things slowly. We should be free to spontaneously walk outside and enjoy a thunder storm, spontaneously pick up a book and read, or stare at the clouds and daydream, without a thought of what to get done now/next spoiling these most precious moments of life.
                            I have understood that one good thing about GTD is that when you know you have all your commitments written down, you can relax and enjoy life because you can be certain that nothing blows up if take rest of the day off.

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                            • #15
                              Shiyin,

                              great thoughts. I also like to schedule family time daily (isn't it a routine?). And we need to be spontaneous but have to follow some routines to support our living (sports, showering, brushing etc).

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