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daily routine


A subproject of ProductivityImprovement.


Deliberate creation and keeping of a regular daily routine is essential for effective independence (rather than being dependent on your manager/company to set your daily routine for you) and lowers the cognitive load for high productivity behaviors by making them a habit.


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others daily routines

Study the daily routines of those who are successful for inspiration and ideas on how to improve your own.

Caterina Fake

Caterina Fake on Singletasking (via Lindsay)

  • Quality vs quantity
  • Email (Editor note: a summary subset of CommunicationProtocols)
    • Check ONLY:
      • 10:00am
      • 01:00pm
      • 04:00pm
    • Send anytime
    • Set email check every 3 hours
  • LOG: 1-3 Succinct status bullets every day on team wiki
  • MAXIMIZE SINGLE TASKING (Editor note, related: EffectiveMultitasking)
  • 5:30PM OUT (of office). ~ no excuses ~


Barack Obama

The Daily Routines blog documents "How writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days." (via Colleen). Notably in particular, Barack Obama (quoted / rephrased from the blog unless otherwise cited.)

  • 06:45 first thing in the morning, workout: weights and cardio (Editor note, related: BodyOptimizationTechniques)
  • <09:00 shows up at the Oval Office. He reads several papers, eats breakfast with his family and helps pack his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, off to school before making the 30-second commute downstairs
  • eats dinner with his family
    • "He cherishes family dinner in the White House, where "thorns and roses" is now the favorite family game. Each family member describes the day's highlight, or rose, and the day's worst moment, the thorn. We were told after describing one particularly challenging day at the White House, Malia Obama had this to say to her father the president: "You have a really thorny job" from CNN 2009-02-24: Obama insight: Being realistic on economy maintains credibility. (Editor note: "thorns and roses" is quite similar to the common LifeCamp session of "Personal worst and best" where everyone describes their worst and best experience in the past quarter or year.)
  • returns to work
  • reads briefing papers for the next day.
  • ~22:00 aides have seen him in the Oval Office as late as 10 p.m.






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