One of my favourite parenting mantra is, “Babies love routine!” And I love it when W is doing the thing he is supposed to be doing at the time he is supposed to be doing it. It makes me feel like I’m doing this whole baby thing “right”, whatever that means.

However, as much as I value structure in W’s day, my own seems to be…kind of messy. For someone who has been freelancing / working from home for the last seven years, I still have not gotten to that sweet spot where I am able to compartmentalise my work life and my life life. While there is a lot of negative things to be said about a 9-5 job, you can still physically leave the office every day (although you may still have to answer emails on your smartphone). 

When work and life blends into each other, it is not only annoying, but also a real bummer for productivity. At the end of every day, I always feel like I could have done more – and it is not about being a perfectionism or workaholic, because I am far from being either of that.

When I said that I could have done more, I not only refer to work, but also the things I love and no longer seem to have time for, such as reading and writing (for myself, like what I am doing here). As my 34th birthday looms, I realise that maybe it really is time to do something about this. 

Which got me thinking – Why don’t I try having a routine, just like W does? Maybe it would make me happy too. 

I have never been an ambitious person (because an ambitious person would never be in this particular predicament), so I would like to start small. However, in order to start at all, I would need to identity my goals. So, here they are:

  • To find a little time (20 to 30 minutes) every day to read for fun and without guilt.
  • To be less distracted while I am working (with social media, cute videos of W etc.) so that work is less likely to bleed into the nights and weekends.
  • To write my way out of my writing rut – on this blog, on websites and in magazine. (This means: pitch, pitch, pitch!) 

I think that three is a good number to start with. I’ll research on these and report back with hacks that work – hopefully!

Just wondering – do you have any productivity hacks / routines that really, really works?

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