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The Importance of RoutineIn the last two weeks, I’ve learnt about the importance of a routine. How does it relate to your career, and why should you care?

The Last Two Weeks

So, you might have noticed there hasn’t been a post on Complete IT Professional in the last week or so.

I mentioned there was a delay in posting to my email subscribers last week, and the reason for this is that I moved house.

I’ve moved from living close to the CBD to about an hour away from the CBD. It took a while for my partner and I to pack our things, put them into a truck, get them moved to the new place, and then unpack.

Actually, the move itself was pretty quick. Unpacking is what took time.

So, most of the time that was normally used for writing for this site and other tasks I do, I spent unpacking and cleaning the new place.

On top of that, my Internet connection was supposed to be completed on the 17th, when I moved in, but there were some delays with that. This meant we had no Internet for just over a week.

This was annoying, as I couldn’t really do much on Complete IT Professional.

But, now I have the Internet set up there, and I’m able to publish articles and respond to emails on the computer (instead of on my phone) and do all the other stuff that comes along with running the site.

 

A Change of Routine

The other major factor in the delay of posts was my routine. Moving to a new place in a new town has really changed my routine.

In a post I wrote recently about what my day looks like, I spend a couple of hours in the morning working on this site and other contract work that I have going on. Because I lived so close to the city and close to work, I was able to leave home and get there in about 30 minutes.

Now, with the new house, my routine had totally changed.

I didn’t know what time I needed to leave home.

I didn’t know what time I needed to wake up.

I didn’t know what order I needed to do things.

In short, I didn’t have a new routine.

Plus, with all of our stuff still packed away in boxes for most of the time, I didn’t know where everything was.

With the old place, I knew which rooms to walk in, where the coffee cups were, where I put the towels, where all the ingredients were for making my breakfast and lunch, where my work bag goes.

In the new place, I didn’t know any of that. Where did I leave my bag? Do I have a shower before making breakfast, or after? Will I get to the train station in time if I’m a few minutes late with my routine?

It was quite an adjustment.

 

The Importance of Routine

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve realised the importance of routine.

A routine is great in the morning because:

  1. It allows us to follow the same steps every morning, reducing our need to think of what to do next
  2. We make good habits
  3. We have a smaller chance of forgetting something
  4. We can focus on what really matters

Now I’m in a routine. I think I’ve got it sorted. I’m looking at ways to make it better though. I’ll write a post soon about what my new routine is and when I do my work (currently I’m sitting on a train writing this post).

 

Your Routine

Do you have a routine?

What do you do when you get up in the morning?

Do you check your Facebook or emails? Do you eat breakfast? Do you have a shower?

If you don’t really have a routine, or a set of tasks that you do in a specific order each morning, then I suggest you make one.

To get started with this:

  1. Write down a list of things you need to do each morning. The order doesn’t matter – for now, just write a list.
  2. Now, add the number 1 next to the thing you want to do as soon as you get up. Is this get a coffee? Have a shower? Something else? For me, it’s getting a coffee.
  3. Then, add the number 2 against the next item, then keep adding numbers to items until they all have a number that represents the order you want to do things.

This is the start of your new routine. Now, every morning, try to follow this list of things to do.

On the first day, you’ll probably forget. You might miss a step or forget to do something. That’s OK. The important thing is that you’re taking steps to create this routine.

You can put this list somewhere that you’ll remember – maybe on the fridge, or next to your bed.

Rewrite it so that the items are in order, if you need to.

Over time, you should notice that you spend less time thinking about what to do next in the morning, and more time thinking about your day.

When I had my routine in my old place, I knew what room to walk in to next, what to take with me, and what I was doing. I was almost doing it subconsciously.

I even got that feeling sometimes that you’ve forgotten something! That’s when I knew I had my routine working – that forgetting to do something small caused me to notice it.

 

What It Means For You

Other than setting up your own routine, this post explains why I didn’t publish a new post for a little while.

It also means I’ll hopefully have more time to focus on writing.

Right now, I’m sitting on the train to work (which is about an hour trip) and hope to sit in the cafe near work for a little while to get online and do a few more things.

I don’t have internet on the train here, so it means I can work without distractions. I’d really like to get some posts written in advance, maybe a month in advance, so if I have any delays during my week, my posting schedule is not impacted.

So, for you, it means I should not have any gaps in my posting schedule, and I should be able to come up with more written content and guides (such as the Oracle guides that I have created).

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