At the end of the day or the first thing the next day, I write three short bullets about what I did that day consistent with what I’ trying to do with my life.
During his podcast interviews, Tim Ferriss often asks people about their morning routines. He also mentioned The Five-Minute Journal. I bought a copy of the journal and started being more intentional first thing in the morning. I’d be interested if you have an interesting morning routine or have suggestions for me.
Here’s my morning routine:
- 5:30 am, approximately – Wake up. No alarm clock. Usually I’m asleep by 10 pm, so I get about seven to eight hours of sleep.
- 5:30 to 5:50 – Listen to a guided (vipassana) mediation by Tara Brach. I do this while still in bed. For me this is like yoga; a physical, rather than spiritual practice. A relaxing way to fully wake up.
- 5:50 to 6:15 – Read a page from a few sources to get my brain working:
- The Intellectual Devotional. One page write-ups about history, literature, visual arts, science , music, philosophy, and religion. The last three topics were the Hagia Sophia, black holes, and instruments & ensembles. The title is so pretentious I don’t like to admit that I’m reading it.
- The Daily Book of Art. One page write-ups about visual arts. The last three topics have been Texture, What is the Purpose of Art?, and Early Christian & Byzantine Art.
- The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy. Cross-referenced definitions. Usually I follow a string of definitions; materialism > atomism > field theory. This can be a heavy lift in the morning: Logic > predicate calculus > propositional variables. I may replace this one. This morning I picked up Enterprise Integration Patterns, which I bought a few years ago, but haven’t finished. However, deciphering Java Message Service code might also be too heavy a lift for early morning.
- 6:15 to 6:30 – Write in The Five-Minute Journal. I try to write for no more than five minutes, but usually go longer. The Journal has enough pages for about seven months. I’m about halfway through. When I finish all the pages in this book, I think I’ll buy a blank book and design my own daily outline.
- 6:30 to 7:00 Shower & dress
- 7:00 to 7:30 Breakfast
- 7:30 to 7:45 Leave for work
Now that the weather is getting warmer, I plan to bicycle to work. Leaving at 6:30-ish.
How do you wake up?
Tim Ferriss, http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/
The Five-Minute Journal, http://www.fiveminutejournal.com/
Tara Brach, http://www.tarabrach.com/
Intellectual Devotional, http://amzn.to/1egQcwU
Daily Book of Art, http://amzn.to/1EkKfUN
Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, http://amzn.to/1K3jjhg
Enterprise Integration Patterns, http://amzn.to/1Sfsb9h