Holy smokes, for a second I thought I was about to write my first post of 2018, but it is actually my second..! I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to do with this blog, especially when the time came to pay my hosting for the year again. My conclusion was that I’m keeping it, even though I don’t post as much as I want to. I’ve decided that even if I manage to inspire one person with one post, then that makes me happy! And inevitably, thinking about writing more often made me rethink the way I manage my time. Writing more = making time = reality check = reexamining my daily routines. I feel like I’ve finally figured something out that works for me, and it includes both freedive training, meditation and yoga on a daily basis!
When we have repetitive and predictable activities throughout the day, it helps us use our valuable brain bandwidth for the more important stuff. It’s the exact same reason why Steve Jobs pretty much wore the same clothes every day; so his mind could focus on what really mattered. Creating routines, and sticking to them, are key to achieving our goals. We actually need most of our lives to be as mundane and predictable as possible so that we can direct all of our energy on creating the extraordinary, whatever this means to you!
Today I’m sharing my daily routine with you that I have recently adopted. It almost felt like a eureka moment when I realised I didn’t have to wake up at 6am in order to start my day ‘right’ with yoga and meditation. I really don’t do well with any kind of exercise in the morning due to my low blood pressure.. Which means I’m constantly fighting blackouts. That’s why I now do it in the early evening right after work, and for some reason I feel like a total genius for having figured that one out haha. Here’s what my days look like, and I hope you can get some inspiration from it!
7.15am: wake up, stretch (forward folds, basic pranayama)
7.30am: get ready for work
7.55am: clock in
8.05 – 8.25: meditation on the jetty
8.30 – 9.30: morning meeting in the boardroom
9.30 – 12.30: update bullet journal, plan my day, tackle work to-do list
12.30 – 13.00: CO2 tables (freediving training) back in my room
13.00 – 14.00: lunch
14.00 – 18.30: work
18.30 – 19.30: yoga
19.30 – 20.30: dinner
23.00: lights out (or at least I try..)
Notice that I’m skipping breakfast so I can have my meditation on the jetty, overlooking our bay through the mangroves. It gives me much more energy than a rushed meal.. I’ve started intermittent fasting again, because it actually helps me with my energy levels throughout the day. As you might also notice, I don’t spend any time doing groceries or cooking/cleaning as we have a canteen and our rooms require minimal upkeep. I realise I’m incredibly fortunate to be in that kind of position where I can utilise all that extra time. So better get to it 🙂
Now I want to know: what do your daily routines look like??