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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.

Decisions, Decisions

On The Delicious Zebra

It seems to be such a simple thing, making a decsion. For most, perhaps it is. For me, not so much.

Today I want to think out loud about desicion making and duality; the division between good and bad; higher and lower selves and how each aspect filters and affects my decision making.

I struggle with deciding...with choosing. It does not really matter what the decisions is that I have to make. What should I eat? Should I bake this potato or mash it? Should I go out with my friends or stay home and study? I want this shirt..it looks great. Should I buy it? It some times takes me hours to make a decision about any one of this simple things...only to decided to not make any move at all because i am afraid to decide. It's a pattern that I am noticing..becoming aware of.

I am exploring the idea of my own duality...and am seeing a clear correlation, a pattern emerging. My "good" self, my higher self gently guides me to the way that is right for me..The quiet whisper of encouragment that would give me inner peace and synchronicity with my goals and dreams. But its usually the hard stuff, the fear laden stuff that I am not willing under it all to commit to.

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