The 4 Keys to My Productivity Routine

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Lost-Time

How often do you get to the end of a day and think, “where did all the time go?”

For me, it used to happen all too frequently, and each time it happened, it left me with an unproductive feeling that I didn’t enjoy.

Sound familiar?

My Recipe for Maximum Productivity

I am a creature of habit.

If I don’t have a routine for something, it most likely won’t get done.

Here’s how I organize my day:

  • 6-7 am: stretching, a short walk, and reading.
  • 7-8 am: write 750 words
  • 8-9 am: shower, breakfast, play with Kiana
  • 9-10 am: prospect for podcast guests
  • 10-12 pm: work on my highest priority tasks
  • 12-1pm: lunch
  • 1-3: pm meetings & calls (or more work on tasks)
  • 3-3:45 pm: read & fill my buffer
  • 3:45-4pm: plan tomorrow
  • 4-5pm: workout
  • 5-9 pm: anything I want
  • 9-10pm: reading, tomorrow’s to do list, prep computer for morning

For me, there are a few keys to ensuring that I don’t deviate from my routine.

1. I need to get to bed on time. Now that it’s summer time, this is even harder to do, but every time I go to bed too late, I end up sleeping in later than my plan, and when that happens, I fall behind.

I hate that feeling.

2. I must have a daily activity list prepared and printed out the night before. That way, as soon as I arrive at my desk in the morning, I know exactly what I’m supposed to be working on.

To do that I use a simple Google doc:

dailyroutine

3. To make sure that I keep my routine on track, I schedule it in my calendar. If something isn’t scheduled in my calendar, it’s like it doesn’t exist.

4. Put my work out clothes on the floor beside my bed with the podcast I plan to listen to already queued up and ready to go.

Do I ever failed to follow my routine? You bet. I’m human, just like everybody else, and sometimes things just come up and pull me off the routine.

Fortunately, tomorrow will be here soon and I will have another chance to get it right.

What works for you?

I’d love to hear how you keep your routine on track. Are there any tools that you use? If you have thoughts to share, please leave them in the comments below.

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  • christianknudsen99

    Hi Trent. I am one of those who has spend lots of money on different systems, but nerved earned much. Now i´m educated web designer and know my way around the internet. Also ok knowledge about internet marketing, email marketing and so on. Your system looks very interesting, and i have nervier thought about starting an consultancy before i saw your videos. BUT i do have one question hopefully you can help me with before i buy your course. I can’t find any answers whether you also guide on how to start your business, which serves to sell. I can easy build a websiteand all that, but what content to put in, prices and so on? is this a full formula on how to get started? Cause then i´m in. I´m from Denmark there are some consultancy businesses but i´m willing to give it a try.
    Best Regards Christian.

    • Hi Christian,

      Thank you for writing. My course teaches you how to get clients, but it does not teach you how to start an agency.

      Starting an agency is the by-product of attracting your first client. There is no “right” and “wrong” when it comes to pricing and services. It all comes down to what you want to do and how much you can charge for it.

      If you are like most, you will figure out what works best as you make progress and attract more clients.

      Trent

  • Brian Johnson

    Good stuff, Trent. I like the idea of spending time in the evening preparing for the following day (e.g., daily activity list, lay out workout cloths/que podcast). I’m going to give that a try myself.

    Just curious, how do you schedule tasks that you don’t consider high priority but need to get done at some point? Do you just work them into your day as needed and deviate from your standard daily routine?

    • If a task isn’t high priority, I rarely ever end up completing it. If it’s a routine task, I just assign it to a VA to do for me.

      • Brian Johnson

        Getting routine tasks off my plate is something I struggle to do… even though I understand the importance of doing it. How to effectively source, hire, and work with a VA might be a blog post your followers would get value from — I know I’d benefit from your insight.