Daily Routine Schedule for Enhanced Productivity and Happiness

Woman sitting cross-legged on a bridge on a grey cloudy day yet she seem exhilarated and happy because she looks up in the sky and raises her arms.

How to manage your daily routine with a schedule that enhances productivity and makes you as happy as possible?

Did you know that researchers found out people shouldn’t work more than 4 hours a day as their productivity diminishes when they work more?

In capitalism sadly we are far from achieving this ideal. In fact so called progress made us work more and more and longer hours in recent years.


Automation does not feed us

Despite automation being introduced gradually in more areas of expertise people are forced to do even more work to survive.

It’s not only the teenagers who assemble your iPhones in a 60+h work week for the Chinese minimum wage. It’s also you who sits in front of the screen all day.

This won’t last forever, as this unfair system is inherently flawed and based on some people being excessively rich, while most others are struggling to survive to some degree.

Here in Germany the middle class is disappearing while the number of working poor grows. At the same time the hyper rich get richer just like in the US.

The money is distributed more and more unevenly. Accordingly the time is distributed in a similar manner.


Time is money. You spend time to make money for others

As time is money you will surely also notice that you have less and less time for your family, friends or your true interests.

As we can’t just go away to some other planet and I guess Cuba is not an option for most of us we have to deal with this situation.

Being a freelancer, and not a wage slave who has a slave master to force one to work, you are your own slave master in a way.

You have to force yourself everyday to leave your family, friends and real interests to go to work.

I struggled for years with doing that. Now after more than 5 years of being a freelancer and more than 3 working full time on my own I have found ways to be a good slave master.


Establishing a routine for improved productivity

To enhance my productivity with a daily routine both motivates me and makes me more efficient while not making me a dumb robot only performing tasks for the sake of money.

I want my work to make me as happy as possible even as I acknowledge that family, friends and other “real” not monetary interests are solely able to make you truly happy.

Unless you’re Bhagwan/Osho who got rich by healing rich Westerners. In this case the pursuit of happiness was part of the work I guess.


Example daily routine for staying productive and healthy

1. Start early, do not sleep until 10AM or your day will be messed up already. It was tough for me at first but I learned to get up in the morning.

When you have kids you have to wake up early, so at least then you learn. In Berlin many freelancers work at night though.

2. Work out, go for a jog or take your kids on a bike to school before work. You need contact with yourself and your body.

You need to relate to other human beings before starting to work, ideally the beloved ones. Friends and neighbors are also good options.

3. Work at an office or coworking space. Do not work at home if you can afford it. Walk or go by public transportation to your office. Look at the surroundings or read something to wake up.

4. At the office: Look up what your online friends are sharing. Start with general news or news not directly connected to your trade. Focus on the positive ones. Skip doom and gloom.

Researchers have found out, that you need to know what’s going on for a stable identity. You know who you are by relating with others and being part of the bigger picture.

5. Do something creative during your peak time. This could be blogging. On days where I do not write a blog entry, I lose motivation. Do not start with checking and replying your emails.

6. Start with the inspiring and easy tasks. This could be Web analytics or coming up with blogging ideas or updating existing content.

I guess that stats are boring for many of you or not easy to look at so you have to think about something that fits for yourself.

7. Check your messages once a day. Just sort them. Sort them accordingly to priority and which ones need a reply fast. Schedule the others as separate tasks.

Reply only to those that need an immediate response and make it short, do not spend more than 30 minuets to do that. The rest of them must wait until they fit your schedule.

8. Eat out for lunch. I mean go in the sense of take a walk preferably. It’s very important that you take a walk as sitting at a desk all day is not very healthy as you can probably guess.

In case you don’t move a little at least once a day your body will retaliate. Read a newspaper before or after eating. Do not read industry news as your mind needs a break as well.

9. Now after you finished lunch start with the most difficult tasks. Those that need your attention most.

Try to perform those tasks for at least 2h in a row, better 3 or 4 with just standing up from time to time to move a little.

Some people might argue that it’s best done before lunch. Yes it does, depending on what type you are. You have to decide yourself.

10. Then pause and browse the Web for half an hour, or better engage in some social media activities, especially if you have no one else to talk with at your office.

Now, at the evening you can reply to your emails, make the paper work and all the other boring and annoying stuff.


Things to do throughout the day whenever possible

Eat and drink all the time. Researchers have found out that the body absorbs nutrition best if you have something like 6 to 8 meals a day. Of course that’s too much to cope with so just eat all the time, each time you sense appetite or thirst.

Get up, stand up. Do not sit all the time. Move a little from time to time. Stretch. Do some Yoga when possible (make time and room for it).

Switch off all the distractions like instant messengers to be able to focus on your actual, important and creative tasks. Answer your messages in batch once a day unless you work in customer service.


Does it really work for you?

Now you might ask: does it work for you? For me it works to some extent. It’s not perfect, but I’m not bankrupt or insane yet. Thus apparently it’s OK.

You can’t trick capitalism completely this way though. Of course you will be tired afterwards too. Sometimes you will try to improve your productivity by skipping

  • socializing
  • lunch
  • walking

and similar “redundant” tasks. It doesn’t work. Literally. You’ll burn out after a while. You can’t live without having a body or identity.

Last updated: January 10th, 2018.