All successful people have routines that keep them grounded, disciplined, and improved productivity.
I started to think about my morning routines/evening routines.
In the past, I didn’t have a routine, in fact, I’d sleep in and wake up the latest I could. Then i’d take a quick shower, get dressed and run out the door. I didn’t even eat breakfast. That was my routine for many many years – as far as high school I can remember. I loved sleeping in.
I wonder now, perhaps a lot of the lethargy came from me PMO at night, every night, and just draining my energy and motivation the next day. Also, I had quite low self esteem and occasional depression that I had to struggle with as well.
Since moving out and living on my own, I’ve done a lot better. Perhaps psychologically, I also felt constrained by the constant watching of my parents.
I recently watched a video by Alpha M. about his morning routine. He recommends thinking about 5 areas for the routine:
- Personal productivity
- Energize with physical activity
- Emotional connection
So right now, my goal is to develop a routine that includes
- Waking up and meditation to some youtube videos.
- Stretching and rehab exercises
- Cook breakfast
- Get dressed and eat breakfast
Because I am a health care professional, I don’t really have that much time in the morning before I go to work. I think this routine hits – personal productivity, nutrition, and physical activity. I still don’t really know what “happiness” is, since I don’t think any of those things make me particularly happy. I guess knowing that I’m eating right and doing exercises to move forward with rehab makes me happy. Still missing the emotional connection.
Something that I’ve been trying to do, but failing, is to wake up everyday at 6:30 and do my routine. But I’ve been sleeping in until 7:15, which also limits a lot of my time.
If I succeed. No, When I succeed at this goal, I will try to adding blogging/watching a youtube video/reading then news – something more productive to the routine as well.
Alpha M mentioned that developing a new habit takes about 9 weeks. Thats so much longer than my 30 day no fap goal!
I think that starting a habit is just as hard as breaking a habit.
Alright, good luck to me!