Routine vs. Regiment — Productivity Tip

This morning I updated my Google Calendar to place me on a new work regiment. I did this because I wasn’t following my previous regiment any longer, so it wasn’t doing me any good. By changing up my regiment, I’m invigorating my daily and weekly routines.

The new routine is simpler than the previous one. Up until this week, I had a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and a Tuesday-Thursday schedule. Each day was broken into 3 blocks, but the start and end times of each block varied between the Mon-Wed-Fri schedule and the Tue-Thu schedule, as did my activities within each block of time. Now the start and end times of each of the three blocks are the same, but what I do within each block varies from day to day and are determined by my prioritizing I do each morning.

This daily prioritizing or my priorities (look for my forthcoming article on this subject) is something I’ve been religious about for years, but I never actually made it an official part of my regiment. The last several months, this prioritizing activity has been my morning routine. Now I have it built into my regiment.

The idea behind this type of regiment is to give me a daily track, alas accountability, that leads to certain types of production and output and ultimately results. The regiment itself won’t produce results, but rather what I accomplish within each block of time is what contributes to my bottom line.

The bottom line for me is that of any B2B business — adding new business while sustaining current business. But to achieve these things I must accomplish other activities, primarily producing and distributing content, among other activities involved with running a business.

Routine is important for us humans. In fact, it’s in our nature. As animals, our most basic routine is eat, sleep, and poop. But as civilized creatures we have other routines, such as work, school, family, and community.

Some people might argue that routine is a trap, that it leads to mediocrity, but I bet even these folks have routine in their life. Without routine we aren’t as productive as we can be and thus we wouldn’t evolve, or build or achieve anything great.

This article was initially published on my Pulse blog as well.


Do you have a daily and/or weekly routine, or do you fly by the seat of your pants each day/week hoping to achieve your objectives?

Do you have your goals and objectives defined?

Do you have a daily and/or weekly regiment to hold you accountable?

“The Tao is like an empty bowl, which in being used can never be filled up.” — Lao Tzo