James Clear says, "The power of a ritual . . . is that it provides a mindless way to initiate your behavior. It makes starting your habits easier and that means following through on a consistent basis is easier."
Here's an example: as a writer, I spend lots of time imagining, creating, and revising. But there comes a point in every project when I need to proofread what I've written, word by word, comma by comma. I always proofread in a separate place from where I write. When I sit in that room with my printed manuscript, it's like my brain knows: It's time for focused, meticulous reading! I don't need to spend time transitioning to this task or gearing up for it. The ritual does that for me.
Do you have routines or rituals that make you more productive? Please share!