It seems as though the pace of life moves a little faster every year and our to-do lists grow a little longer. Juggling home and work, spouse and kids, and finances and debt make life challenging enough. If you are also starting a home-grown business on Zoondy, trying to keep all the balls in the air can feel like a herculean task. Falling behind is not an option if you are counting on the extra income your Zoondy business is bringing in. But when everything is on you — marketing, sales, product creation and delivery, bookkeeping, customer service, etc., etc. — it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the growing length of your to-do list.

If you are frustrated by trying to cram 48 hours of work into 24-hour days; establishing some daily, weekly and monthly routines can help you better organize your limited time and energy and boost your productivity. Habitual routines may seem boring, but productivity experts say that creating regular work habits and establishing times and procedures for accomplishing repetitive business tasks can actually save valuable time. By streamlining mundane but necessary business chores, we create more time for the creative thinking and problem solving that lead to business growth and success.

“Routine basically gives us the mental freedom to think about what’s actually important. That way, we don’t have to think about all the mundane aspects of life,” New York Times investigative reporter Charles Duhigg told the Chicago Tribune in a recent interview about his new book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Random House). “People who are very, very successful don’t forget the importance of routines. There’s a huge correlation between thinking very deliberately about (creating) the right habits in your life and developing successful habits.”

Duhigg breaks habits down into three parts:

  1. A cue that prompts you to perform a specific action.
  2. The routine or series of actions to be performed.
  3. The reward or satisfaction felt when the task is completed.

To be continued

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