Proposed Routine

calvin-routine

So with Ruby having inspired me, I need a routine.  A solid way to do things.  And it starts with what I intend to do regularly – what do I need to do more of.

Rescue Time has been a godsend to me.  I’ve been able to improve what I do, get better and go for it.  I’ve learned that I spend something like 6 hours a week – 45 minutes a day – concerneed with news and sports.

That’s 6 hours that I could be playing with Jack and Ruby.  That’s 6 hours that I could be hanging with Heather, or doing whatever else.   That’s six hours that I could use to invest in my life – reading above my level or whatever.  6 hours x 52 =  312 hours a year.  13 days a year.

910 days over a 70 year period.  2.5 years.

That’s a lot of time wondering how well Kobe Bryant did.  That’s gotta change.

Now, we can’t be perfectly efficient in every way – there’s going to be a diminishing return at some point.  I’m not going to lifehack my way into more, but if I can reduce 2.5 years of nonsense by 80%, I think I’ve done myself a service.

But, it’s apparent that I need to write more and better.  That fuels the rest of my business.  My friend Scott used to say Writing is the Road to all wealth.

Agreed.  And it’s not just physical wealth, it’s clarity of mind and purpose.  Reading other people’s writing leads to wealth.  So does writing for yourself.  This – when I execute it – will lead to wealth.

So, this has to be a routine.  These are minimums:

  • 3  hours  (min) of “alone zone” writing every day.  This doesn’t translate to six hours one day, a feeling of satisfaction and nothing for weeks on end.  This is a daily requirement.
  • 1.5 hours of misc content creation every day. (Tuts, etc).
  • 1.5 hours of selling every day.  (Let’s define selling, but it’s actively instigating and solving problems).
  • 1 hour of reading (books,not blogs, hard stuff that makes me better)
  • 1.5 (ish) hours of exercise + commute to and fro
  • 1 hour (ish) prayer/meditation/worship/study
  • 30 minutes of research. (finding leads, following up with clients, responding).

What gets cut/curtailed by this?

  • Recreational surfing.  Somehow I replaced “skimming news” with “catching up on my childhood,” due to subscriptions.marvel.com
  • Chat on skype.
  • Facebook
  • Tweetdeck/twitter

What are the benefits:

  • Less screen time
  • better fitness
  • more energy
  • more time with my kids
  • happier wife.

How – specifically – does this happen?

First, I have to commit to a schedule and not worry about how I feel.  The first 3-4 minutes of waking up *always* stink.  I have to get over how I feel abou things.

I have to get up by or before 6am 5 days a week.  I can’t miss.

I have to get to the gym by or before 7:30am.  I can’t miss.  Have to do 30-ish minutes of wisdom seeking reading.

I have to get writing by 9 every day.  (I can’t miss).

I have to get selling by 11:30 (I can’t miss).

I have to lay out my life in such a way that this stuff is possible.

Routines

Ruby Johnson Loves Her Routines

Ruby Johnson Loves Her Routines

Putting my daughter, Ruby, to bed takes effort. Each night, she must have a hug and a kiss, she must be prayed for, she must have the Sitta-ma-rink song sung (with the ending).  She must have her drink of water, she must have something to cuddle with.  She then has to have the sound machine turned on, and the sheep projecteed on her celling.  If this standard isn’t achieved, then the natural law is broken: we have let her down and she cries instantly.

 

I don’t resist this, it’s kind of fun, and it’s good for me, too.   She expects things to go down in a certain manner, and feels loved when this happens.  Sometimes it feels weird to be waiting on a two year old, but I get the point.  This is just the way things are to her.

The natural law, you know, this is how bedtimes are, and why fight it.

Now, if I had the same commitment to my schedule, to my objectives that Ruby does, life would be better for me.  I would get more done – truly.   I would help more people – truly.  She’s committed to doing what she believes matters. For me, I need to be producing, finishing all day.

More blogging, less skype, less email.

More planning – and next actions.  Less other stuff.

More screenflow.  More public use of “rescue time”.

Try to spend less than -50 – total – hours a week in front of a screen.

More doing things to make Heather/etc have an easier life.  Less nonsense.

Less recreational internet surfing.  More work.

Like Page.Ly says: Work More, Talk Less.  We like that.

A routine would include a 6am or so wakeup/coffee/prayer/meditation, some writing, a trip to the gym around 7, a return around 8:30.  We have to really want the routine – for its own sake.  Desire the aching muscle mass – for its own sake.