Day One. But the second Day One.
(I did steal that from Scrubs… Lavernagain… I’m proud of you for noticing.)
Restarting this series is a daunting task for one main reason:
I BARELY MADE IT A WEEK LAST TIME
Intent: 30 days. Execution: 7 of them.
I even missed one in the middle and gave myself a pass.
So Round 1 didn’t go so well. I’m sure Round 2 won’t get much easier. So what needs to be different?
I need to focus on controlling what I can. There are countless variables involved here, but many of them are outside my control. If I go into a coma and miss a day then that’s something beyond my control – and if I spend time beating myself up over things I have no power over then I’ve already lost the game.
But that doesn’t mean I can use that as a blanket excuse to abdicate responsibilities and promises. I need to be real about the things I can control.
Busy day at work? Those happen, but when have I ever worked a straight 24-hour day without breaks? Never. I can have a busy day at work and still write.
Schedule got derailed by an unexpected and immediate obligation? Start expecting the unexpected. There’s a reason that so many of the most highly effective people in the world have a thorough and constant morning routine. There’s less likelihood of interruptions at 6am than there is at 6pm, so it’s imperative that they get as much done early in the morning as possible. That way when the rest of the world wakes up and starts calling, texting, e-mailing, and otherwise shooting holes in what would have been a very predictable day, the highly effective person is ready for those things and has already completed many of their daily obligations early that morning (exercise, journaling, blogging/vlogging, meal prepping, etc.) which helps for the rest of the day to be more malleable.
I give that advice as a person whose morning routine lately has been a complete shitshow. My wife and I are both working from home thanks to COVID-19, and many things have changed from the previous normal to this infamous “new normal”.
Basically our bedtime moved from 9:30 to 11pm, and we wake up… well… whenever really. Sometimes I’m up at 6, but more often I’m up at 7:50 so I can walk upstairs and be logged in for work at 8.
Yeah, we’ve gotten a bit lazy.
As external factors are concerned, luckily it’s looking like I’m going to be heading “back” (I haven’t been to the office of the company I just started working for yet) to the office next week. We’re a staff of 3 and have a lot of space to ourselves, so it should be alright as far as social distancing is concerned.
Regardless, working from the office is one of the best ways to get back into our previous routines. As much as I love to complain about working in an office, it certainly has the benefit of clear time boundaries.
One of the big questions moving forward is going to be this:
Which of those “normal” routines were actually good? I have some guesses, but I’m curious to pay attention and really get a feel for what was actually beneficial and what wasn’t.
Getting up earlier – probably good.
Working right through lunch most days – probably not so good.
Exercising more regularly (I’ve honestly still been pretty good about that, which is nice) – definitely good.
No longer being able to go downstairs and say hi to my wife every hour or so during the workday just because I feel like it – that’ll be lame as hell. We’re going to have to go back to texting each other during the day. Eff that noise.
Anyway, these and all other habits that show back up are some of what I want to pay a lot of attention to as I transition back to an office environment.
I’ll report back on my findings. Until then, the force will be with you.
Onward and upward.
All the best,