Building a Routine

“What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.” Gretchen Rubin
  • great work before everything else
  • jump start your creativity
  • feel the frequency
  • pulse and pause
  • get lonely
  • don’t wait for moods

Book time when you are most productive. Do not book meetings during that time. People are used to the idea you already have a scheduled appointment.

book time for uninterrupted focus.

use pen/paper to avoid online distraction


Email is tempting because it has random reinforcement. Prioritize being present.

Create windows of non-stimulation in your day.

Stay open to the possibilities of serendipity.

Know your complex goals -> identify 2/3 every 4 months or so.


“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” Warren Buffett

  • Taming your tools
  • keep the long view in view
  • be conscious of your bandwidth (let go of some stuff)
  • check yourself or wreck yourself
  • hit the reset button
  • don’t hold your breath
  • in imagination we trust
  • try making something creative ‘just because’ or for yourself
“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” John Cleese
Sharpen your creative mind
Practise unnecessary creation
wander lonely as a cloud
define “finished” from the start
don’t go on autopilot
Search for the source (of frustration/roadblock)
love your limitations

“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

--Chuck Close

Bilbiographical Information

Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind
by Jocelyn Glei
ISBN 9781477800676
2013: Behance (Amazon Publishing), Las Vegas

These are notes I made after reading this book. See more book notes

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