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Chapter 12. The Secret Formula to Overco... > Ten Sure-Fire Strategies for Getting... - Pg. 125

The Secret Formula to Overcoming Procrastination 125 Strategy #4: Find freedom in routine As I discussed in Chapters 9 and 10, a routine, which is a schedule that determines the days and/ or times when you'll do recurring tasks and chores, is anything but constricting. First of all, you can vary your routine as the need arises or when you don't feel like doing something at its designated time. You control your routine; it doesn't control you. Action Tactic If you organize a schedule for getting routine tasks done, it clears your mind to think about more interesting things. Second, a routine is liberating in that it keeps you from worrying about what you should be, ought to be, or could be doing. Some people shun the idea of a routine because they think it will make their life dull and not give them the freedom to be spontaneous or creative. The irony is that the things you need to schedule into a weekly routine are usually pretty dull in the first place, so you're not missing out on anything by working them into a routine. When you designate days and/or times to do these mundane tasks, you don't have to worry about them the rest of the time.