There are a bunch of things I want to do everyday. The actual time-of-day (e.g. 5AM) is not as important as the overarching sequence. I tried to order/group my subroutines something like the following:
Make a Gameplan
Make Dope Shit
Make Shit Dope
Garbage In · Garbage Forever
First of all, it’s important to start the day off full of joy. Otherwise, what’s the point? An unhappy life is an unsuccessful life. And more importantly, nobody intentionally sticks to routines that makes them unhappy.
And once my spirit is charged, it’s time to take care of my body. Basic fuel/exercise/hygiene improves mood, intelligence, longevity, and attractiveness. It’s going to make everything else easier.
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
— Parkinson’s Law
After my spirit and body are acknowledged, it’s time to do everything else. First, it’s important to reflect on what I actually want to do. I try to prioritize tasks based on what takes the most brainpower: learning, then creativity, then chores, then media. Learning and creating are difficult after a long day’s work, so I try to get it done before I expend willpower on tedium. I use procastination to my advantage — Parkinson’s Law forces me to work smarter, not harder.
Routines consist of habits, and it’s much easier to keep 1 habit than to keep 100.
So my 1 habit is this: wake up and open nowify on my computer.
nowify tells me what to do at every moment of the day. And it yells at me when I need to move on to the next thing.
It’s freeing. It’s incredible.
Use computer programs to manage your time. Delegate your executive process to the robots. Codify your values and let them lead.