However adventurous “traveling the world” may seem, my days generally aren’t filled with adventure. I’m a firm believer that success comes from the daily grind of not-so-sexy things done over and over for weeks, months and years.
Most people don’t know what their day will look like. Which is fine, if you’re chasing average results.
My eventual goal is 4-6 hours of movement-related training and 4-6 hours of intense, creative, focused work on a daily basis. What I’ve been doing is (a) creating a model day and (b) scaling up intensity as my body adjusts.
The current goal:
- Average 4 hours of focused work per day.
- Physical training for 3 hours per day.
- Reduce garbage time (time spent on net negative activities) to less than 30m.
Once I hit a 70%+ success rate on the above, I can scale up to more hours.
Note that this isn’t just a workaholic grind, grind, grind. I do this because I love the process. I want each activity to be driving me closer to my personal goals (physical, social and financial freedom). At the end of every day, I’m always striving to be able to genuinely say, “There’s nothing I’d rather have done. There’s no place I’d rather have been.”
Without further ado, here’s what my days have been looking like:
Morning Ritual (~15m)
- Wake up. Generally around 7-8am. Toilet. Meditation in the form of breathing exercises. Complete joint maintenance work.
- Tea. Lately I’ve been experimenting with a morning cocktail of matcha tea, lime, and coconut oil.
Short Movement Block(~45m)
- Lately this has been (1) handstand training and (2) flexibility work.
- Follow with breakfast (high protein, no carbs) and standard AM hygiene.
Work Block I (90-120m)
First block of focused work and also the time of day when I am most productive. I try to my “most important task” here. These are high-priority, goal-oriented tasks that I most want to get done for the day.
Lately, this has been:
- 30-60m of writing (my most important activity)
- Freelance work for income generation
Core Movement Block (60-120 minutes)
The content of this will vary depending on goals, but typically contains some sort of strength training and whatever skill I am working on.
Currently, this is:
- General strength. I alternate bent arm, straight arm and lower body days.
- Mobility. Aiming to get the bridge, front splits and middle splits this year.
Mental reset to recover from cognitive fatigue, refuel, and do a mental reset in the case the morning did not go well. Still experimenting, but recently I’ve been eating a good post-workout meal and then napping for 30 minutes.
Afternoon Work Block (60-120m)
Final work block before I am “satisfied” and call it a day. Typically less intense than the morning session, I will do more freelance work and work on meta things for the blog.
Evenings are more relaxing, focused on the “intangibles”—recovery, social life, spiritual things, etc. My goal is to get most productive work done in the first ~10 hours of the day, leaving freedom for more “irrational” things / activities that contribute to current life satisfaction.
Evening Movement Block (60-90m)
Some sort of relaxing, recovery-focused movement activity. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of yoga. It’s nice to turn the brain off for that 60-90 minutes.
Chill with friends. Or, as the introvert I am, this is tea plus a good book on many nights. Trying to stay away from smartphone and computer.
Even if it isn’t this detailed, give planning a “model” day a try in your own life. I find it is an excellent self-diagnostic for how far I stray from my own goals.