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November 9, 2014

Chapter 14 & 15 from What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

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Chapter 14 Setting Up Your Week

You tame time through a routine — knowing what’s around the corner, and knowing how much time you have to do it. Not all of your time is routine, but enough needs to be to create a framework. — Bradley Blakeman

  1. People work best from routines, not lists (or, be like George Washington).

The secret, which I mentioned earlier, is thinking of your time a bit more like space. When many tasks come up all at once, you don’t have to jam them into your week or add them all to your general actions list. Instead, you assign them to your various activity zones. Ideally, every task will have a general slot in your time map.

You tame time through a routine — knowing what’s around the corner, and knowing how much time you have to do it. Not all of your time is routine, but enough needs to be to create a framework.

Chapter 15 Creating the Right Routines

  1. People work best from routines, not lists (or, be like George Washington).

The secret, which I mentioned earlier, is thinking of your time a bit more like space. When many tasks come up all at once, you don’t have to jam them into your week or add them all to your general actions list. Instead, you assign them to your various activity zones. Ideally, every task will have a general slot in your time map.

You tame time through a routine — knowing what’s around the corner, and knowing how much time you have to do it. Not all of your time is routine, but enough needs to be to create a framework.

Don’t just leave working in your strengths at the level of theory; you need to intentionally build time into your daily routine to do the activities that you do best and that energize you. The daily workflow routine provides an opportunity to do this.

A daily workflow routine like this is the only way that I know of to keep current, and it is highly efficient — if you do it in one uninterrupted block. And that’s exactly why it’s so important to get up early.

There are six routines that are the most helpful for getting things done and staying up to date: getting up early, daily workflow, weekly workflow, prayer and Scripture, reading and development, and rest.

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