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Productivity Cast

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The weekly show about all things personal productivity


037 The Morning Routine – ProductivityCast

There’s a long-standing misconception (in Ray Sidney-Smith's humble opinion) that habits are how you become more productive. But, it’s actually your routines that power your habits, and therefore, your personal productivity. In this episode of ProductivityCast, we discuss the power of routines, and specifically look at the morning routine. We discuss each of our morning routines and discuss some challenges facing building a good morning routine.

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In this Cast | The Morning Routine

Ray Sidney-Smith

Francis Wade

Art Gelwicks

Show Notes | The Morning Routine

Resources we mention, including links to them will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Why Rituals are Superior to Habits

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, PhD

A Workday in my Life With Evernote


Mango Languages

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Voiceover Artist 0:00
Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling, productive life? Then you've come to the right place. Productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity, here are your hosts, Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks. Good morning,

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17
everybody. And welcome to productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. I'm Ray Sidney-Smith and I'm joined here today with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks. Welcome, gentlemen. Good

Unknown 0:28
morning, Ray waiting for this morning. Good

Unknown 0:31
morning, everyone. Good

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:33
to have you both. Today, we are going to be talking about routines. And specifically today in the next this in the next episode, we're talking about morning routines today. And in the next episode, we're going to be talking about evening routine. So we're going to talk about how we bookend our days to be more productive. So I wanted to start us off with the definition of routine and talk a little bit about why routines are important and how they benefit us, we're going to then go around and talk about our own morning routines, what really underlies what's the framework under underneath which we created our routines. And then we'll talk about some of the design challenges for implementing a morning routine, what what types of challenges any of us on the productivity cast team has experienced and how we overcame those challenges. Let's start off by discussing what a routine is. And I'm going to give my own take on this, and then you all can jump in. So my thought here is that many times people talk about habits and habits being something that can be a huge productivity enabler. And for me, I really fundamentally disagree in large part that habits are what we should be focusing on. Because habits are really difficult to develop habits are automatic, once they're done. And so they're, they're efficient in one way, but very ineffective. And another if you need to change in any way shape, or form or be flexible. And that's where routines fit in. And so routines are just a set of practices. It's a procedure in essence, that you that you regularly follow. So it's flexible, it's adaptive. And what we want to do with routine is, is, in essence, connect multiple types of things,

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