“I’m late, I’m late. For a very important date. No time to say hello. Goodbye. I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” – White Rabbit, Alice In Wonderland
How many of us feel like this at least once on a daily basis?
Is it because of a failure to plan?
Most likely it is.
We blame procrastination, society, expectations of others, etc., but there are countless resources out there to help you in planning and streamlining your time throughout the day. So many options that it can become overwhelming, honestly.
Get. A. Daily. Routine.
Set your non-negotiables for the day, and then stick to them. You may need to try some new things, and get rid of some old things, in order to make your daily routine as optimal as is achievable, but I will leave that up to you.
Here is Ben Franklin’s schedule, from way back in 1771:
5-7 a.m. Rise, wash and address Powerful Goodness! Contrive days’ business, and take the resolution of the day; prosecute the present study, and breakfast.
8-11 a.m. Work.
12-1 p.m. Read, or overlook my accounts and dine.
2-5 p.m. Work.
6-9 p.m. Put things in their places. Supper. Music or diversion, or conversation. Examination of the day.
10 p.m.-4 a.m. Sleep.
While I don’t exactly follow Ben’s routine (but maybe I should?), I do have my own morning routine set up, and it leaves me feeling like a productive force that cannot be stopped. See below:
4:30 a.m. – Wake-up
Times may vary for these next steps:
- Take my weight.
- Drink 24 ounces of cool to cold water (I am considering adding lemon and salt, as per Aubrey Marcus’s recommendation in his book “Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex“.)
- 10 oz. of black coffee
- Read and journal on the day’s Daily Stoic entry.
- This one, I like to have started at 5:30, and that is to be either rucking, rowing, or in the gym.
- More stretching, post-exercise.
- More coffee, because coffee is good (usually 20 ounces)
- More water, at least 32 ounces, just plain water though.
- Write and respond to posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
8:00 a.m. – Start my normal day
So, in the span of 3.5 hours, I have taken in half of my daily intake for water, taken care of some business, and exercised, all while expanding my mind and outlook on life through reading and journaling. Not too shabby.
Failure to plan means a plan to fail. Do you plan your day?
Drop us a comment with your own daily routine, either for the entire day, or just the morning/evening.