Item № 1 is Starting Your Day Too Slow, with a bulleted list of guidance:
Do you want to train your brain to be fast, in a flow state? Here’s how:
- Wake up
- Get out of bed
- Make your bed
- Get hydrated
- Move on to your #1 task AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE
We woke up at 6:09 a.m. this morning after a better-than-normal sleep (№ 5, Failing to Rest, “If you want really, really good focus, and really, really good sleep…”). I was less groggy than normal, and mindful that, to succeed in life (I learned), I needed to not start my day too slowly.
Fortunately, Lisa got up to do yoga (№ 7, Not Engaging in Physical Activity, “You have to get your body running at a high level to support your brain…”), which removed my opportunity to remain in languid cuddle.
And so I woke up.
I got out of bed.
I made the bed (I did not make the bed).
I got hydrated.
(I set the coffee maker to run).
Have I moved on to my #1 task AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE?
When I say your #1 task, I mean important work that can change your life. Train your brain that you are capable of doing that task first. Because you are!
No, I have not.
Or maybe I have. Writing is important. It does change my life. And I’m doing it before I’ve done anything other than wake up, get out of bed, not make the bed, get hydrated (and make the coffee).
I made the coffee with coffee from Costco. Because, as of Friday, I’m a Costco Gold Star member, a level of societal achievement I never ever thought I’d reach (yes, the Costco system has been relentlessly sending agents to convert me for years, but I’m speaking of a larger “oh, I have access to all the same tools and programs that normal people do” achievement).
I was near a Costco because we decamped to Dartmouth for a week, to learn the basics of relief printing from Maria Doering. Which meant that, a week ago, I was doing things like this all day:
Lisa’s yoga is done. It’s 6:53. The coffee is ready. L. is being awoken above me. It’s time to make breakfast (from № 7, “Eat better nutrition. Put whole foods into your body. Get your nutrition dialed in.”).
The day is about to start. Or it already has.