Sunday, May 13, 2012

Do You Need More Time Or A Better Routine?

You don’t need more time, you need a better routine.

Here are a few I’ve adopted over the years:

Set a reverse curfew. Make a daily bargain with yourself that you will be out of the house by a certain time. Say, at the coffee shop by ten. That way, you put yourself on a deadline. Otherwise your morning will slip away.

Use rituals to carve a pathway. Set a daily appointment with yourself to honor your work intention. Say, five minutes of meditation. That way, your instrument is tuned for the world to move through me. Otherwise your motivation will never hit the ground running.

Book blank time. Create silent intervals for your personal reflection needs. Say, having coffee on the terrace. That way, you can be alone with your own heart. Otherwise your thoughts never get a chance to breathe.

Practice forced vomiting. Create a private container of safety for emotional release. Say, writing morning pages. That way, you can honor your inner reality. Otherwise you never dig deep enough to the find the truth.

Install a micro accountability. Have a daily obligation that meets your meaning quota. Say, publishing one blog post. That way, you’re never condemned to a meaningless existence. Otherwise the anxiety of inconsequentiality comes crashing in.

Seek mental decompression. Move the body so the mind can disengage and renew. Say, going for a run. That way, the rhythmic, repetitive action transfers the locus of your brain energy. Otherwise you never experience a shift in headspace.

Take time to inhale. Expand your reservoir of human experience by. Say, by eavesdropping on stranger conversations on public transportation. Otherwise your perspective will continue to bounce off a thin wall.

Instead of trying to make more time, consider which routines you might adopt.

What have you declined this week?

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