The more I can simplify or routinize my life, the more time and energy I create for myself. This leaves space for the unplanned or untimed stuff that comes up for all of us.
Below is a list of some of my most important daily disciplines. Maybe you can use some of these in your own life.
- I work out every day. Thus, I lay out my workout clothes for the next day or even up to the next week the night before.
- When in the gym, I warm up the same way every time. I do the same exercises, changing only the weights, repetitions and sets.
- I do not check emails, text messages or Slack communication in the mornings until after I’ve worked out.
- I use the Calendar app to schedule my day every morning.
- I start every day drinking a full liter of water.
- Breakfast (aka what I consume before lunch): The liter of water. Two bananas. Protein shake (almond milk, ice, banana, peanut butter, pea protein). 5oz spinach. Four more liters of water.
- To avoid middle-of-the-night bathroom trips that interrupt my sleep, I stop drinking fluids 6 hours before bed time.
- I’m an entrepreneur; I’m not on salary and don’t have my schedule made for me. I still start and end my Work day at the same time daily.
- I don’t cook or shop for groceries. I pay a meal delivery service to bring me meals (2 per day) and spend the same amount I would spend shopping + preparing meals. The meals get heated in the toaster oven. I don’t use a stove, oven or microwave.
- On “school nights,” I go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
- I do creative work, like writing, recording videos, and replying to messages, in the mornings while my brain is fresh. Repetitive or brainless tasks, like updating a CRM or moving media files into folders, get handled in the afternoons.
- I don’t make to-do lists. I decide on a single most-worthwhile outcome for the day.
Dre Baldwin is creator of The Third Day philosophy of professional discipline. A 9-year international professional basketball player, Dre teaches how the Discipline, Confidence and Mental Toughness that made him a professional athlete applies both to the business world and everyday life.
Dre has been blogging since 2005 and began publishing video to YouTube in 2006. His daily content goes out to 134,000+ subscribers. Dre’s daily Work On Your Game Podcast has over 1,100 episodes and 1.7 million downloads.