Are you using "Routine Pockets"?

April 4, 2022

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.― Stephen R. Covey

For years I wanted to follow a morning routine that started at 4 am or 5 am and I could never stick to it. After reading through a few different books that made me approach life differently I decided to give it a new shot. I realized that life isn't about fitting in someone else's box or even following a specific routine at a specific time...

A couple of years ago, I think it was 2019, I made the commitment to restructure my day and the first thing I looked for was pockets in the day where I was less busy. I tracked for 2 weeks and then I started filling those times with things I've always wanted to do, things like working out, writing a book, playing with my kids, walking with my wife...

For me I found two pockets: Almost every day from 12-2 pm was super slow and Saturday mornings. Once I identified those times I made sure to fill them with my priorities. If you don't make the effort to find those pockets instead you're going to find only excuses for not doing things you've always wanted to do.

You have routine pockets in your day. You’ve got to find those pockets and fill them with the things that you want to achieve in your life. Things like working out, writing, creating content, posting to social media, creating your business plan, learning a new language, starting a new business, or whatever it is. Keep track, find those pockets, and start taking action. Remember what Jocko Willink tells us in the book Extreme Ownership, "Discipline creates freedom"!

It's up to you! Find your routine pockets!

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