Saturday, March 18, 2023

How I discovered my Ideal day

I’ve been working to establish my perfect repeatable daily routine for the past year, roughly since June 2021. To say the least, it’s been an iterative process. But, after a lot of trial and error, I believe I’ve finally figured out what a purposeful, focused, and productive timetable for me looks like.

I wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learned about balancing an ambitious desire to achieve and develop with the need to treat oneself with the same kindness and understanding I would show anybody else. I had a completely remote, time-flexible employment. Nobody cared when I was at my desk as long as I did my work. That flexibility allowed me to play around with my schedule.

To be honest, I didn’t even aware I was doing this until recently. I assumed that I was simply failing to complete everything on my to-do list in the sequence that I had planned. I have good intentions, but I am often excessively enthusiastic about how much I can get done in a day.
I used to be extremely hard on myself for not being able to do everything at once all of the time. I have a propensity to set higher standards for myself than I would for anyone else. However, I’m learning to put perfection aside in favour of progress.

7 foundational habits I try to make a part of every day:

The benefits I get from these actions to my energy, focus, and mood far outweigh the time invested.

  • Exercise of any kind, even just a long walk, for at least 30 minutes.
  • Reading for 20–30 minutes as soon as I wake up and right before I go to sleep.
  • Taking a cold shower in the morning.
  • Meditating for 10 minutes after that cold shower.
  • Standing in sunlight for at least 10 minutes after meditation.
  • Reciting positive affirmations and visualizing the accomplishment of my goals.
  • Journaling, 3–4 times per week.

The secret sauce isn’t difficult or expensive, but it isn’t simple either. On any given day, I probably average 3–4 out of 7, but that still makes a difference. I keep track of these habits using streaks. How many days can I go without breaking my meditation streak? I do this because I feel that showing up every day is more essential than performing well on any given day.

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