One day, before going to bed, I sat down and started writing in my journal, like I used to do every single day. I wrote down everything that wasn’t working for me, everything I wasn’t satisfied with in my life. I wrote down what I felt I needed to do to start moving out of this place towards the one I wanted to be in. I wrote it all down. It was very clear. Actually I realized that a lot of things were unclear and everything would never be clear, but if I wanted to do any progress I needed to get back to one thing I could commit to, and do consistently no matter what happens in the world, one thing — my routine, my morning, my night.
For a while my routine got really messy. Sometimes I’d wake up at one time, sometimes at another time, sometimes I’d do my routine, sometime I’d feel it wasn’t necessary — my whole life started to feel like a mess, I wasn’t satisfied with anything I was doing nor was I getting any results.
The world is changing faster and faster. For my mind to function, to perform well in this uncertain place I need something rock solid, something that will always be there for me — my routine.
Routine is a powerful thing.
Not necessarily because what you do creates amazing results by itself — although things done daily over prolonged period of time can bring profound results — but because the right routine will put your mind in the right place to do the things you want to do, to live the life you want to live.
I really believe we all know what’s best for us. We all know what we need to do to be the person we want to be, to have life, and things, and people, and relationships we want. And I believe it all starts with routines we install in our daily lives, in two most important parts of our day — the moment when we wake up, our morning, and the time right before bed, our nights.
What we do with those 30–60 minutes in the morning and at night, sometimes it might be 5 minutes, it’s life, what we do then sets the mood for the day or brings a conclusion to our day and gives the food to our mind for the night ahead.
My routine gives me peace. My routine is my home no matter where in the world I am. My routine sets the mood for my day, gives me energy. My routine reminds me why I’m doing something. My routine reminds me to live one day at a time. My routine reminds me to always come back to now, here, myself. My routine reminds me what’s important to me, who I am today, what I value, what I believe in.
The details of your routine, or my routine, they don’t matter.
Your routine should be a personal thing. Just like your toothbrush.
Your routine should makes you more of you. Your routine, in a small way, should represent your values to put you in the right mood, give you the right kind of energy to seize another day of being you, or to finish another day correcting the course and heading for rest to start another day being you.
Wake up. Stretch. Tibetan rites. Coconut oil pulling for 15 minutes while I’m writing in my diary. Brush my teeth. 0.5 L of water. Meditation for 20 minutes. Breathing exercises. 0.5 L of water with fresh lemon juice and turmeric powder. Start writing.
Write. Post my stuff online. Think, plan.
Work out, walk.
And then my day in the world starts. Work, study, meetings — whatever. I’m ready for anything. Between 11 AM and 9 PM I accomplish quite a lot when my routine is in place. I accomplish everything that’s important. Everything that needs to be done is getting done.
9.00 PM — 9.30 PM.
Write in my journal. Plan the next day. Meditate.
9.30 PM — 3.30 AM.
Sleep. Start the day.
My routine is like a magic spell. I do the routine and everything works. I decide I’m good without it and too busy to do it — everything starts falling apart. Little by little. Not like the end of the world. Unnoticeable. And that’s why incredibly dangerous. The frog jumps out of the boiling water but can be cooked to death, if we gradually bring cold water to boiling. And that’s the trap for all of us, to notice a bit too late. Already cooked.
I’m very self-reflective — that’s why even one day without routine feels off for me. For many of you there would be no difference, until it’s so off you don’t know what hits you when it does.
Am I going too deep again? It happens to me.
The important thing is?
Figure out your routine by trial and error — it took me quite some time to figure mine out.
Do the routine.
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
Daily Bite of Health