Ok, they are still a work in progress, but I wanted to give a basic description of what I have put together as my routines, and give a brief report on how it is working. (These ideas come as a compilation of ideas form others most of which I cannot take credit for.)
The mornings are pretty simple. Wake up, exercise (which for now consists of sit-ups), Breakfast, Shower, Do some reading, And then comes the most important part – I create a todo list from my online “master list”. This list contains all of my projects, schoolwork, and assignments in general. I pull from this list the items that have to be done that day. The idea is that hopefully it is only a few. If it is just a few and I have the possibility of extra time, I pick a few others I would like to do, or things for tomorrow that with time I would like to get done early. This list is compiled on an index card that I can carry around with me all day. On the back of the index card is a space for notes throughout the day. I then go through my day hoping to cross everything off the card.
At the end of the day my hope is to review the things I got done, and in essence check them back in and not think about them through the night. This will leave my mind to concentrate on the important things and not the everyday tasks while I sleep. This review will consist of checking off the items that I finished on my todo list (If they didn’t get finished at least marking my progress.) The next step is to take the notes off of the back of the card and creating any todo items that these require. I then can recycle that card and start over in the morning.
As I mentioned before, these routines aren’t quite perfect yet – well really my implementation of them isn’t perfect is what the problem is… I have been getting up early, but I haven’t been super diligent in making daily todo lists. It can take a lot to get a master todo list created and I’m hoping that it’ll be worth it to keep everything in line.