I’ve never had a greater appreciation for routine in my life, electricity is up there as well. This is day 6 without power. The storm that hit CT came early when the leaves were still on the trees. The heavy wet snow falling on branches full of leaves caused branch after branch to crack, break and fall. It was so erie hearing the constant cracking sounds and dangerous just being outside as it was literally raining tree branches. In the aftermath it looked like a tornado struck with huge trees laying across roads entangled with electrical wire, in fact many are still blocking roads today 6 days later.
A unique set of circumstances created an extraordinary situation. There is no routine, while I have my lap top and cell phone I am able to hold my coaching calls (an hour of pleasurable distraction). I am moving from hotel lobby to our room trying to find a comfortable location. By the end of the day I am exhausted and wonder what the hell did I even accomplish today?
My husband and I are some of the lucky ones; we were able to find a hotel an hour away from our home. EVERYTHING was booked, even today our hotel is turning people away. While it is supposed to be restored by Sunday at midnight with no wires connecting our home to any phone nor electrical pole odds are it will be a bit longer. So day by day we wake in a hotel and try to create some semblance of normalcy. While we are warm and well fed (probably too well fed) and are able to charge our phones and computers I find myself getting more and more agitated.
While my current situation is extreme it only highlights the importance of routine and having a daily schedule. So many advisors I coach find the day running them, while they start with a schedule they allow the seemingly important/urgent issues to sidetrack their day and interrupt their plans for a productive day. I realize even the best routine can be disrupted, it’s how quickly you can get back into your routine that will continue to create the most productive and efficient environment.
Take some time, look at all the routines in your day, from the moment you wake notice your morning routine, you don’t even have to think about it. When you enter the office, is that routine as seamless and effortless? If you haven’t been good at staying with a routine then start small, just put structure into the first 2-3 hours of your day, get that down, make it stick. Then you can begin adding more systems, routines and structure to other parts of your day. This isn’t an option if you plan to reach the level of success you really want.