Saturday Web Roundup: Sticking to routine while traveling, front-loading your week and reading more to write better

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It’s Saturday, so it’s time for our weekly roundup of our favorite articles you may have missed from across the Web:

  • I travel a lot for business, so I was especially interested in this article from Zenhabits on how to keep up your habits during travel.  Whether it’s your morning ritual, your exercise regime or your diet, travel can make sticking to your routine tough.  Zenhabits offers advice, such as thinking ahead, holding loosely to your expectations, and doing the minimum (i.e., shorter workouts) to keep to your habits and reduce your stress. Great stuff.

  • As a great follow up to our recent post about Morning Rituals, Lifehacker features this post: You Have 25,000 Mornings As an Adult. Here’s How to Not Waste Them.  What made me feel good about this post is that I’ve already instituted many of these tips into my daily routine, such as: Not checking email until Noon (okay, I don’t check until 10 a.m., but that’s better than I used to be); working while standing (I started using a standup desk last year); preparing the night before (setting my to-do list before I go to bed helps me sleep better); and, highlights the power of a morning routine (sound familiar?) This post is a must-read.

  • Ever feel like time is flying by? Well, according to this post, it’s not just because you’re having fun — it might be because your daily routine has become so familiar. Apparently, when our routine becomes familiar, it takes less time for our brains to process what’s going on around us. Newer routines, however, take longer to process — hence, the feeling that time is going slower. The antidote? The post suggests: Keep learning, visit new places, meet new people, try new activities and be spontaneous. That’s not only great advice for making time move more slowly — it’s excellent advice for making your life more rich and rewarding.

  • My work tends to be front-loaded simply by circumstance, but this post from Lifehacker urges you to front-load your week as a routine to help reduce stress.  The post quotes 99u blogger Elizabeth Grace Saunders, who writes, “Front-loading gives you the ability to stay on top of projects that take longer than expected without getting stressed or working into the wee hours of the night. Since all of your must-do’s are taken care of at least a few days in advance, you can easily move would-like-to-do’s to the next day.” I totally agree.

  • Want to improve your writing for your business’ blog? Shelley Pringle writes in Ragan’s Health Care Communication News that one key to becoming a better business blogger is do more reading.  But it’s not just the quantity, it’s the quality, as Pringle urges us to “read more passionately and mindfully.” According to Pringle, doing so will help us to be more aware of the structure, grammar and style of other writers, which will, in turn, help us to improve and expand our writing. Should we just be reading other business blogs? Nope. Pringle urges more reading of fiction, essays and poetry to help broaden our minds.  According to Pringle, “Of course, there are many other ways to improve your writing, but I certainly can’t think of a more enjoyable way than reading.”

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