It has been a month since the end of my winter vacation on Feb 11, the past 28 days were an experiment of scientific management of my daily routine. Actually, I was inspired by Taylor management theory, kind of school of thought regarding myself as labor in a manufactory to improve productivity. In other words, though I am not a worker in a company paid by hourly wage, I have been exhausted by daily ineffective routines unrelated to academic output.
At first, I just planned to track my daily workflow data from the moment waking up to falling asleep through the phone and computer. However, the daily logs are hard to record in detail because I always change my thought about forming a new habit to make my workflow more productive and creative. Not until I have begun exactly tracking that I realized staying focused over 20 minutes is tough, reading a book over 10 minutes is impossible, and leaving my phone over 5 minutes is unworkable for me. None of those things have bothered me before because I thought I am always self-discipline and ready-to-go.
So tracking my activities lets me know myself in a more clear way. I used to let feelings decide what to do later as the result of spending the whole day on multiple unfinished tasks. When one idea occurs, I put it into practice immediately then keep it in mind until something reminds me of that in the future. But now, I try to set my freestyle in fixed routine: plan what to do in a list with estimated time duration and priority order leaving some space for creative exceptions. Sounds tedious but quite practical for me.
The TV show, Queer Eye left me an impression that a week is enough for someone to refresh himself. Although it has taken me a month, it's a good beginning.