Make no mistake. I am not the most organized or “set in his ways” type of person. There are some of whom it is said you could set your watch by their daily routines.
Ben Hogan, the famous golfer, is one. In his book Ben Hogan: The Myths Everyone Knows, the Man No One Knew, Tim Scott tells how Hogan was meticulous in his schedule. He would arrive at the Ben Hogan Company at 9:00 a.m. every day. He would leave for lunch at 12:00 noon sharp every day.
He would eat lunch, hit practice balls, shower, go home and have dinner between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. every night. Hogan desired to do everything he did at a high quality and a regular schedule helped him do that.
Others have different routines. You can read about seven successful entrepreneurs here. What you will find is they all do things differently. And yet they are all successful.
But one thing in common to them all is some sort of a routine. Even Tim Ferriss’ flexible routine has some routine to it. He generally keeps Mondays and Fridays off-limits for phone calls from his assistants so he can take a long weekend if he wants. And he generally prioritizes for the week on Mondays. So even a flexible routine has some rhythm to it.
A number of years ago I found a routine that can help you find a rhythm for not only your work week but your life. While reading the Psalms, the prayer book of the Israelites, you may notice that Psalm 4 is an evening prayer and Psalm 5 is a morning prayer. Evening. Then morning.
This pattern follows that of creation: “And there was evening and there was morning…” is the recurring theme of Genesis 1. The evening prayer followed by morning prayer puts us in creation rhythm.
That’s the rhythm.
The routine is this:
- In the evening “ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.” The end of the day is a good time to reflect. Ask yourself how you did that day. Look at areas to celebrate and ones to improve. And then just be silent. Don’t boast. Don’t apologize. In the silence it is just you.
- In the morning “prepare a sacrifice for you [the Lord] and watch.” The day has dawned and a sacrifice is taking what we have and giving it to God. We think about the day ahead, the things that are planned and the things that might come unexpectedly. We give those to God and then we watch. We see what he might do with them.
Rhythm: Evening. Morning.
Routine: Ponder. Silence. Sacrifice. Watch.
Find that rhythm for your routine and you will find more productivity in your days.
Question: What kind of routine do you follow each day? Week?