Manage Your Day-to-Day | Jocelyn K. Glei

Summary of: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
By: Jocelyn K. Glei

Introduction

Welcome to the summary of ‘Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind’ by Jocelyn K. Glei. Discover the importance of optimizing your productivity, overcoming distractions, and embracing healthy work habits. Learn how to tap into your creative potential and make the most of your mornings by prioritizing tasks. Gain insights into how regular rest and exercise can boost your creativity, and why hobbies are essential for nourishing your innovative spirit.

Boost Your Productivity with a Creative Routine

Did you know that checking your emails first thing in the morning can decrease your productivity? Most people fall into the trap of starting their day with a simple task that involves zero creative thinking. Consequently, they use up their most effective times responding to other people’s priorities. Instead of getting trapped, creative coach Mark McGuinness suggests that you make your own work a priority first thing in the morning. You’ll need all your creative energy to work on your projects, so keep responding to emails for after. Additionally, make sure you get enough sleep and take breaks regularly to recharge your energy. The rhythmic cycle of your body causes energy levels to wax and wane throughout a 24-hour period, so reserve the morning for important tasks. To increase productivity, make sure to keep breaks, and the right amount of sleep to maximize your energy.

Building Creativity Through Regular Work

Creativity doesn’t always come naturally, but author Gretchen Rubin suggests that developing a routine can help stimulate inspiration. By working on creative projects regularly, even for just 30 minutes a day, you open yourself up to finding inspiration in unexpected places. Working every day also reduces the pressure that comes with creative work, allowing you to try different approaches and giving you plenty of time to complete your tasks. However, distractions can still hinder productivity. The next sections of the book will provide tips on how to stay focused despite inevitable distractions.

Conquer Boring Tasks and Stay Focused

Erin Rooney Doland, the author, a lecturer, and a productivity consultant, suggests ways to help combat the struggle of maintaining focus on routine and tedious tasks. The first tip is to train your willpower in other aspects of your life to strengthen it at work. By replacing non-work related negative distractions with positive ones, you can overcome the temptations of checking Facebook and having water cooler talks, among others. Just like children who were given the option to eat one marshmallow now or get two after a few minutes, it is best to focus on positive distractions to overcome negative temptations. By integrating repetitive habits such as flossing your teeth into your daily routines, it helps to inculcate self-control, which is necessary to stay focused and successful in combating boring and tedious tasks.

The Myth of Multitasking

We often believe that we can multitask effectively, but research shows that it is not the case. When both tasks require our attention, we switch from one to the other, which is both time-consuming and ineffective. Instead, it is better to set aside time in our day that is completely free of distractions to complete our work. To further eliminate distractions, we can set up a focus-meeting just like any other appointment or meeting. The more technology becomes a part of our work, the more distracted we find ourselves, but there are ways to manage technology to both meet our needs and satisfy our desire for control.

Mindful Use of Technology

Do you ever find yourself scrolling on social media aimlessly or slouching in front of your computer screen? You are not alone. Many people use technology mindlessly, which can have negative effects on our health. To combat this, it is important to be more intentional with our technology use. Lori Deschene, founder of tinybuddha.com, suggests being fully aware of our intentions each time we log onto social media. We should use it meaningfully and log off once our task is complete. Additionally, our behavior in front of a screen can be detrimental to our health, especially our breathing. Practicing yoga and conscious breathing techniques can help combat this and make us more mindful of our technology use.

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