Routines can also support Areas of Focus?
I believe that routines can exist / be developed to support Areas of Focus as well as projects. For instance, I may have an Area of Focus for "Home Care." In support of that, I may have several checklists - daily tasks (perhaps broken into AM and PM), weekly tasks, monthly tasks, etc.
Until the routine becomes a habit (some routines naturally evolve into habits and their checklists are no longer necessary; others don't exhibit this behaviour), I might make myself a reminder on my calendar to check the relevant checklist... Still other routines I may keep in one or several reference files, so that when I'm working on "that kind of project," I pull out that routine for support.
The borrom line for me is that routines are tools to aid in more productive, effortless activity by removing the need to re-think and re-invent the wheel every time you tackle a particular aspect of your life.
thanks for the follow up!
Thanks for clarifying your question, EO! That's really helpful... and it's helped me, too, to read all of the responses you've received.
The only thing I'll add is that I dump the contents of my tickler file onto my desk each day and the notes for routines like "grocery shopping" or "buy dog food" stay on my desk until I finish them so they don't get buried. It doesn't matter when I do them as long as they're done that day.
That's it... again, I really appreciate you're giving us more detail. I completely understand where you're coming from now!