The aim of this article is to share with you a typical structure of my workday in the third year of reinvention as neophyte philosopher based on what I did on Friday, 28th of April’17. I cover here my morning and evening routine, daily journaling practice and the habit of progress tracking.
How I spent 16 hours on Friday, 28-April ‘17
Woke up at 6 and got up at 7:30 as I slept a little bit longer and cuddled with Bobo, my life partner. I raised arms and welcomed the new day when I got out of bed, as usually. Game HAPPY-82 of V-100-days round began.
7:44 Mindfulness meditation. 20 minutes of guided training with Headspace. When there is no time, or I’m not up to full 20-minutes meditation, I do 10-minutes or at least 3-minutes SOS meditation.
8:08 First meal - a glass of warm whole milk with 2-3 dates (remains the same over the last year).
8:11 Morning journaling includes taking notes on how I feel, thoughts that are on my mind at the beginning of the day and notes about the dreams if I remember anything. In the closing, I end with a self-cheerleading statement, whatever comes to mind.
8:22 Right after the morning journaling, I check two things:
- Daily newsletter by Enneagram type [EnneaThought for the Day]
- The [Timehop] app to see what happened on this date in the past and refresh memories if photos were made.
I meditate daily since January '15, counting 260+ hours. I'm taking HEADSPACE PRO LEVEL 5, that is about training the perspective and cultivating a sense of play, for the second time already.
In the main journal A4-size each morning in read ink I do Morning Brain Dump [MBD]. Almost no day missed since December '16.
EnneaThought for the Day
Sometimes this tiny messages push hard my buttons and trigger me to get out of my comfort zone, realize my negative traits or remind me of my natural strengths. At least 30% of the messages are BS, but I filter them.
After I got dressed and finalized the plan for the day:
9:00 Work on the URGENT task. I had to do some email work. Writing emails is one of the biggest point of resistance. I drafted three emails on paper in 1.5 hours.
10:45 Irregular workout after Bobo got up. I did basic and the simplest option, which is a freestyle version of 7-minute workout, including plank, squats, lunges.
11:45 Work on the MISSION OF THE DAY after the breakfast. Bobо and I had a meeting where we discussed how he could help me with the conceptualization of the ZIVOT-JE-HRA concept from a theoretical standpoint considering that his knowledge of philosophy is so much deeper than mine. Within an hour or so I poured my muddled thoughts on him, he took notes and outlined the structure.
13:30 Work on the IMPORTANT task after half an hour break. Upon Bobo’s recommendation, I read an article [The Laws of Cyber Space] by Lawrence Lessig, the founder of the Creative Commons, published in 1998. In less than two Pomodoro sessions of reading I learned about four constraints, which regulates our behavior in real life; how the fourth one, the architecture in the form of the code, regulates our behavior on the Internet. Exciting read to build on the context about the Internet regulation.
14:15 Break for lunch and leisure. After lunch, we watched an episode of the [The Sopranos] right after an amazing music video [The Blaze - Territory].
16:30 Work on the URGENT task when I finished with emails. I spent 1.5 on sending them in the evening after I typed and revised with Grammarly. I wish I could do this faster and effortlessly…
Evening routine begins after the shower:
The closing ceremony of each day, not only working days, includes tracking my progress and reflecting on how the day went.
20:20 Work progress tracking in the daily logs journal. I take notes on what I did that day and the day’s highlights. I use data from the weekly dashboard where I track the time and activities. In it, I also fill in the tracker, where I mark day’s score, energy level, habits and other things.
20:30 Evening journaling includes notes on my feelings and thoughts about the day. In the closing, I write the question to my subconsciousness. Right after this, I go straight to bed.
21:02 Irregular pre-night poetry study session. Bobo read me poetry by Russian genius poet Velimir Khlebnikov, who was unsurprisingly unknown to me as to the most of my compatriots, I suppose. I learned as well a lot about him and his influence on Russian poets futurists, including Vladimir Mayakovsky.
21:20 Reading in the bed. An hour passed unnoticed when I was reading [Thus Spoke Zarathustra] by Nietzsche. It’s the second time I’m reading it, and it’s like a remedy for me. This book also helps me to boost my confidence and figure out more about what I have to say through the [ZIVOTJEHRA - GAME OF LIFE] blog.
22:22 Mindfulness meditation. Since February ‘17 I end most days with 20-30 minutes unguided meditation with Headspace. After that, I fall into sleep right away with the ear plugs.
I track work & life activities daily in the paper weekly logbook. More about this in the next article.
In the pocket sized notebook from top to bottom I track work progress including every single detail I recall from the past day. From bottom to the top I track day's highlights (life's details). Color-coding highlights are added in the process of regular weekly review.
In blue ink. I'm clearing up the mind before bed to think less while I'm switching off to sleep. I spend from 2 to 20 minutes depending on what goes on in my mind and how much strengths I have left.
Out of 16 hours, five were spent on work and the rest on life. I tracked this day as ‘epic’ in the weekly tracker, as I accomplished all I planned, had a great time with Bobo and learned a ton of new stuff. This day become memories in my head, notes in my journals and photos on iPhone.
Notes and links
- Headspace - guided mindful meditation
- Timehop - reconnect with your past
- Grammarly - check your writing in English
- Mindfulness meditation - train your mind
- Brain Dump - clear the mental space in your mind
- Pomodoro technique - limit the time you spent concentrated and make regular breaks
- Productivity journaling - track what you do and what goes into your mind