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Why having a routine can be a good thing

By: Simone Castello
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Culture & Entertainment

Why having a routine can be a good thing

By: Simone Castello
In the age of technology and easy access to all aspects of our life literally at our fingertips, it can be very difficult to maintain some form of a rhythm as we move from day to day. We're answering work e-mails while at the breakfast table, writing to-do lists while riding the subway, eating on-the-go, and even take our smartphones into the bathroom with us (don't deny it -- you know you do it!). But research shows that having a routine and separating our daily tasks during various parts of the day can make a world of difference when it comes to our mental health and overall productivity. To give you a sense, even as I write this blog post, I have checked my e-mail (twice), eaten lunch at my desk, and answered the phone about queries not related to what I'm doing. I'm making a conscious effort to focus on this task at hand, but it's difficult when there are so many other things to do. You know how we often complain that there aren't enough hours in the day to get what we need to get done... done? Well, turns out we might be wrong. Maybe we just don't know how to make the most of the time we do have. Yesterday, while trolling around the Internet, I stumbled across an image of Benjamin Franklin's schedule -- it's honestly one of the most sensible things I've seen in a very long time. Check it out. I love that Franklin had a question he asked himself every morning: "What good shall I do today?" Imagine reflecting on that question as you go through your morning rituals. He also blocked off time to work, dine, and reflect on the events that transpired during the day. Franklin would also go back to his question in the evening and ask himself: "What good have I done today?" This schedule, so simple to look at, is actually one of the reasons Franklin was able to accomplish so much as one of the founding fathers of America. It helped him maintain order in what might have been a pretty chaotic time. So if you work through lunch, or chat on your phone while having dinner, perhaps it's time to prioritize what's important. Who knows how much you'll accomplish with a daily routine! Image from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 1791
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