Just when I thought I had read every possible list of productivity tips that could humanly be possible to write I come across this article from LifeDev which tends to run counter to just about everything else. There is no deep thinking here but it’s full of simple and common sense advice, advice which tends to mirror my own views on productivity. I read allot about getting into the flow and how programmers work in stretches of 4 hours or more at a time. I’ve been fighting my natural rhythm for working for years and have only now come to accept that I work best in the early morning and late afternoon. Sounds like an extremely simple revelation but it happens to run counter to office and family hours which tends to make it difficult to adhere to.
The lives of great people give us interesting clues about how to organise our days.
All of them attached great value to their daily routines. This is because they saw it as being part of ‘becoming who they are’, as Nietzsche puts it.
For the same reason they were also highly individual in their routines. They had the courage to go against popular opinion and work out often strange daily plans that suited them.
This is perhaps the first lesson that we can learn – that it takes courage and resolve to design and stick to a routine that suits you. But as Emerson reassures us: ‘The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going’.
Yes, it takes courage to break from the routines imposed upon us to work within a schedule that suits our own way of getting things done.
10 Ways History’s Finest Kept Their Focus at Work. Photo by yogi.