Notes on Routine and Habits.
A typical day usually begins at around 6:00am.
I tend to try and keep my eyes shut until I have mentally drafted a rough plan of the things I will want to have done by the end of that day. I rise to grind coffee — I usually ever only drink one cup per day.
I immediately set off to complete the task I planned in bed. I know to have about 3 hours of undisturbed flow before the distraction surrounding lunch-time pulls me away from the work. My goal for each day, is to complete a single task that should take about 3 hours to complete — Or between 4 to 5 pomodoros.
After the last pomodoro, I usually cook for a half-hour, and then eat for a half-hour, and then walk for a half-hour, to fully leave the haze of the flowstate. The afternoon is spent doing maintenance, superficial work and experiments. But mostly, the afternoon is spent reading and learning. The goal is to build a catalog of exciting things to wake up to the next day and to experiment with.
The superficial work that I do involves replying to blogs & forums, editing wikipedia entries, doing maintenance to various repositories, answering emails and so on..
The day ends with journaling for a half-hour at which point I record the task done, and the lessons learned. Before sleeping, I usually read for a half-hour, I go to bed with a book, and a highlighter pen. I overline the things I want to keep for a later use, or to revisit.
I have kept journals recording the oscillation of Efficiency and Effectiveness, and used this data to optimize and navigate my own personal tempers. Based on previously recorded patterns, I assign to myself each day a single task to complete. The task is chosen specifically to utilize the optimal amount of available stamina.
When a workday ends before the daily task is completed, the day was a planning failure; and the task is broken down into smaller tasks, each assigned to one day. When a task is completed too early, the day is also a planning failure.
I do not get out of bed until I have chosen a task to complete & and a lesson to learn, and I do not go to sleep until I have logged the results. The tasks are selected in the following order: I first address the problems that slow me down, the things I find lacking in my life and the answers to questions that occupies my mind.
You are what you do. Not what you say, not what you believe, not how you vote, but what you spend your time on.Kevin Kelly
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