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My Daily Routine

For most of my life I operated without a daily routine. I would have an idea of what needed to be done every day, and how I should be living my life, but there was little consistency between my days. Around a year ago I started working on building a daily routine, and I've been surprised to find that I like it more than running free. I prefer it because I can focus my decision-making on important things, rather than minutiae, and I can optimize my routine as I go, rather than starting from scratch every day.

I generally wake up between nine and eleven in the morning, usually pretty close to ten. I don't set an alarm because I've noticed that being well slept is one of the biggest influences on daily performance. Waking up an hour earlier by alarm can reduce my ability to focus by half. Not worth it.

As soon as I wake up, I set a timer for five minutes and I meditate. I've only been doing this for a month, and haven't noticed any benefits yet, but I expect it to be a long term investment, not a short term one. The five minutes goes by fast.

Immediately after meditating, I weigh in on my withings scale, brush my teeth, and put water on for tea. Usually I drink Samovar's Green Ecstasy, but I've been drinking Breakaway Matcha's 99 and 100 recently, and I'll occasionally drink a Taiwanese Oolong. I drink tea early because the blend of caffeine, theanine, and whatever else is in tea, helps me focus. I can actually feel the difference when I don't have tea. The effect wears off after a couple hours, but it's a nice way to jump start work early.

May 3: Flavorless Challenge

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Read about my challenge here.

Black coffee again, was fine but not something I look forward to as pleasure.

Today is the first of four “exception days”, where I can eat anything I want (1 day per week, have to plan it at least 2 days in advance). The reason is that Eva & the kids planned an outing and dinner for me today to celebrate my birthday as a family. The food reward isn’t important to me today, but I don’t want to spoil their plans, so I’ll relax and go with it. :)

We’re going to have picnic food for lunch while rafting on the river, then she has vegan food being prepared for us for dinner!Update: We enjoyed a great day of rowing on the river (tiring!) and ate junk food like Oreos and chips. Haven’t had that stuff in a long time. It wasn’t that great, but I think I did enjoy the food reward part of it. Later we had an amazing vegan dinner and cake, and I ate too much. My mouth feels oversalted. I’m actually looking forward to going back to blandness tomorrow.

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