Alters in Routine

It’s been a while since I focused on my break in routine. Partially because it has changed subtly but somewhat drastically.

First major thing is I been getting up at 5am instead of 430. It just feels better. I no longer feel drowsy late morning and I don’t crash early evening. I’ve also been staying up later, which by nature is honestly what I do. I was a night owl forever. I would stay up to 2am sometimes. I probably could stay up till 11pm or later and still be up by 5 if I really needed to be. The biggest thing is I feel better. Waking up at 430 was cool and at one point I was well adjusted, but the marathon of the 24 hour day felt more taxing when I got up that half hour earlier. At 5am to 10pm I feel like I have more than enough in me to make it happen. I have more productive energy and make the most of my time.

Although I’m super late to the party, I got back to running the last week or so. It was good to get out there even though I was feeling it and couldn’t complete a full mile without stopping the first few attempts. I’ve also been doing H-I-I-T workouts and been incorporating more muscle building than cardio.

I been meditating more. I need to block out a great time to do this every day so I can remain consistent with it. That extra moment of calm has been pretty good. I haven’t the last couple days and I definitely could use it.

Lastly, I have been working on promoting my brand. I realized this week I’m a terrible self promoter. I got merchandise and book and podcasts and all of those entities should be working for me. I have enough going on to make my brands full time jobs, so I got to start working on them like they are. I got to put myself out there and truly start a movement so I can live the life I desire.

So yeah, my routine has changed. I’ve just implemented more of what I want to do while still doing what I have to do. 11 months from now I’ll be doing everything I want to do. It’s truly an exciting time.

A Routine To Break Routine

For about 2 months now, I’ve been going through the motions. The motions of wake up, put positive energy in me, workout, go to work, come home, eat, make the most of my time, sleep and repeat. There was a point where I had my schedule down to the hours of what I would do or take time for. To be honest, I don’t like that much structure and routine, but it appears that routine is what makes many people successful.

I don’t mind having core tasks to complete but to have my entire 24 hours planned out is just not appealing to me. Even without that I have fallen into quite a routine and well, it’s getting boring.

I don’t have the same focus I had just last month and no where near the same as 4-6 months ago. I haven’t dreaded doing anything, it’s just not as fun or inspiring to my goals as it used to be. I have a plan to change that.

I’m going to break my routine, by routinely creating changes. I’m going to either make the most of my time to do something “different” or I’m going to create time that throws my routine off, forcing me to do something different. I may take a lunch every week or 2 days out of a week. I may take a half day or a full day off. Maybe I’ll check out a new restaurant or go have a drink at a bar. The enticing factor of it all is that I truly don’t know and I’ll have to figure it out as I go.

The ultimate goal is to not be beaten down or deflated by my daily routine. Adding a little spice, flavor and uncertainty seems like a great way to do that. No better time than now to make it happen.

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A New Routine

Surgery and downtime have given me more time than normal to digest positive content, think and restructure. I’ve been attempting to push my mind in the direction of new possibilities and disciplines with no limits.

I realized how serious I need to get about changing my life and the little things I have not done to cause change. So in my downtime I’ve come up with a few things to keep me honed in on what matters.

Getting up at 4:30: So far so good. Doing this in an effort to make sure I workout, write or just simply create in an effort to eliminate excuses about being tired later.

Changed half of my 2019 goals from wants to needs: I want a lot of things, but if I really want those rewards, I really need to focus on things like being debt free first.

Not checking emails or social media for the first hour I’m up: I got this from Daymond John. He’s on to something with that. Now, I listen to music or I’m creating something and the first hour flies by. When I’m cleared to workout it will go even faster.

This surgery was truly a blessing in disguise. Obviously health is important and I took a positive step in that direction. That surgery then allowed me to take steps to improve my mentality and routine.

Outside of today I’ve been up as early as 3:30am. Progress was made each day. 2019 is going to be a phenomenal year. I will be the best version of myself to date.

Have a great Friday!

Staying Focused

The clock on 2017 is winding down. It’s easy to get lazy and fall into the trap of “cruise control into the new year” but I just can’t do it. I was going to post a year in review post, but not quite yet. I still have a very important goal that I want to cap off my 2017 and until that’s done, my 2017 isn’t over.

The good part about building new disciplines is you train yourself to do new things new ways and it opens up your life mentally, physically and with new perspective. You know what it’s like to change and evolve and be different from what you were. The bad part is when you fall off that discipline, you feel it and boy, does it hit hard!

I fell off my discipline of getting up at 5am. Sounds small, but it was bigger than I thought. In just a few short days, waking up at 6:30 or 7am vs 5am lead to me losing track of time, wondering where the day went and thus feeling like I truly accomplished nothing. That’s a terrible feeling. Even today as I woke up at 5, I still didn’t get moving till later in the hour. The good thing is I have at least gotten up with the notion to put in work, so I know the day is going to go smooth.

2017 is not over. Even if you’re prepping your 2018 just know, something major can happen in 23 days.

 

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