If this all seems like nonsense to you – like a ridiculous idea of being your own self-drill-sergeant, fair enough, just discard this notion. I never had one, and frankly, I never had this discipline growing up, though I do wish I had – not so I could be a robot, but so I could get a better start every day, be more productive and energetic. I’ve found this can be started at any time in life – I’m so glad I did:
It takes just one hour – once a day.
Like a one-a-day vitamin, only better.
Every morning, for most people, begins with a familiar random sequence of ordinary everyday activities we perform with imperfection – it’s rote, but not necessarily right.
Imagine if your morning task was to win an Indy car race, or launch a moonshot rocket?
Then your pre-launch sequence would not be random; it would be precise and deliberate – an ABC, 1, 2, 3, and sometimes simultaneous series with zero room for error, or delay, or lack of precision.
But when most of us get up in the morning, those numbers, letters, sequences, and consequences are more casual.
There is no army of scientists in white lab coats holding clipboards, stop-watches in hand, checking our every move as if this was a time and motion study.
NO, we have randomized approaches to when we shower, walk, start the coffee, take the vitamins, understand what must be read, write what must be written, go through whatever motions and notions we whimsically deem necessary.
No worries, it’s not like there is a war going on, or we’ve got multi-billion moon flight to take on this morning.
YES, there is a war going on.
YES, our life (and our collective lives) are involved in a multi-trillion adventure with urgency like never before to find a virus …
YES, we are shuffling through the most productive part of our day in our self-permitted stupor as we mix thought with mindless activity, we don’t measure what is most useful to manage, motivate, and launch our day.
But we could. Imagine lots of little tweaks till you get it right.
What might that do?
It might make you more productive, healthier, happier, and save an hour of production time every day. Or maybe two hours.
For argument sake, let’s take the low end of that – one hour saved while setting ourselves up for a magical launch into our typical day.
An extra hour of income.
An extra hour of leisure/play/lovemaking/reading/working out – use it, whatever way suits you best – because, now, you have 365 hours.
Every 24 days, you’ve wasted a day.
Every 7 months, you’ve lost a week, and every 10 years, you’ve shortened life by half a year.
I start my day with this golden hour, this one-a-day remedy …