I’ve always been a bit of a creature of habit, establishing my little routines and then sticking by them to help make sure that I stay productive. In fact, I usually work using something I call “The Schedule”, which basically helps me to allocate my time and to make sure that I don’t get too caught up doing any single thing.
Having a routine that you stick by can be a great way to make sure that you’re getting stuff done and that you’re hitting your word counts, but it can also be counterproductive if you obsess about it too much. In my case, I know for a fact there have been times when I’ve missed out on life because I’ve been too busy focusing on my never-ending to-do list.
Recently, I’ve been trying to be a bit more spontaneous and also to catch up with my friends more often. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m pleased to report that I’m enjoying life, for now at least, but it also means that my productivity takes a knock. When that happens, suddenly I find myself missing deadlines and struggling to keep up with stuff.
And so I’ve realised that the perfect way to go about it is through a mixture of the two. It helps to have something to keep you focused and working, but it also helps to know when to break the schedule and to live a little. It’s something I’m trying to do more of. I’ll let you know how it goes.