Blueprint for a great day

Top 5 priorities for a great day

Today is a good day to have a great day. I have half of that sentence tattooed on the inside of my left bicep. I am always looking to be the best version of myself, constantly improving. What a great day comes down to though is time management. How do you spend the 24 hours that we all are given each day. In the article, you will learn what I have found throughout the years to be the blueprint for a great day.

The blueprint for a great day include sleep as number one, some type of movement, having intimate and social relationships, doing one step towards achieving a goal, and reading RobbieKnecht.com blog.

Sleep

Sleep is numero uno for a great day. It is one-third of our life, and the one thing that takes up the majority of our time. No other necessity do we spend so much of our time on. A good nights rest boosts mental ability and improves physical well being (immunity, weight regulation, fertility). Also, rest is when muscles recover. Not to mention all the chronic diseases linked to lack of sleep.

A lot of the mentality behind high productivity is the myth of “sleep is for the weak”, or “i’ll sleep when i’m dead.” There is a stigma attached to sleep. We often associate sleep with laziness. When we’re sleeping no work is getting done. The irony is: when you wake up you are more productive and better capable mentally.

Sleep is the recharge of your battery. I talked to the energizer bunny last week and he told me, “Robbie, I have a secret to tell you.” “What is it?” I reply, while shifting position in my seat. “I sleep.” said Chub’s (Chub’s is the name he wanted me to call him).

Do this for better sleep:

  • Make rest and sleep your top priority
  • Set an alarm for 25 minute naps throughout the day
  • Reduce light pollution in your room
  • Don’t drink caffeine in the second half of your day
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages right before bed
  • Move throughout the day

Movement

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.”

Aldous Huxley

I would like to think that life is movement. Let me explain why. When you are dead you stop moving, when you are alive you are moving. Boom, science! A top priority to accomplish during your day is any form of movement. Endless amounts of studies show how having a regular exercise routine can improve the quality of your life. If you want to know the benefits of a regular exercise routine search that on google and you get about 174,000,000 results (0.80 seconds).

Technology is a wonderful thing for the world, but it is making us lazier and lazier. We are playing video games instead of playing outside, searching benefits of a regular exercise routine on google instead of exercising, taking an Uber instead of walking. Only to list a few.

It wasn’t until about a hundred years ago that we started using vehicles in mass to get from place to place. That leaves us with many years before, when people walked everywhere. And, before walking everywhere, we crawled or swam. And, before crawling and swimming, aliens.

For thousands of years after the aliens planted us on earth we swam, eventually growing limbs to move above water. After a while on land we went bipedal, now we are driving cars, who knows maybe the next step is being the car. The body is conditioned to move, it was an evolutionary advantage. Following the food and warmth. Act like our ancestors and keep’er movin’.

Do this for a daily exercise routine:

  • Walk everywhere (you know why)
  • Plan a day in advance what time you will exercise (the earlier the better)
  • Do whatever you can do: 10 pushups, 10 mile bike ride, 5 mile run, 2 minute jog
  • Have your clothes ready
  • Move with a friend. During lunch break leave you phones behind and go for a walk with a colleague.

Social

We are social animals. We need each other to survive and thrive. Creating and maintaining healthy intimate and social relationships is a big part of our overall well-being.

“Man is by nature a social animal..”

Aristotle

The Greek philosopher acknowledges that society precedes the individual. To be able to function as a member of society I have to be social. Social technologies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were created to connect people from anywhere. The problem with social technology is even though we have more access and “friends” we feel less satisfied and happy. Technology grew very fast and our monkey minds are still trying to learn how to use it. The driving force of technology is consumerism, which is ego-driven.

The secret to living is giving as Tony Robbins says. When I share I feel more connected and grateful, especially when it comes to food. It was in our best interest to share for the overall success of the group (talking to the human race). Going out to gather food and sometimes not coming back with anything. If you caught something and your partner didn’t, you would share because when your partner caught something and you didn’t they would share.

Do this for a more connected social life:

  • Invite others to go on a walk
  • Limit screen time to a fraction of your day
  • Unfollow people who are taking up space on your timeline (do you really need to follow everyone you went to high school with?)
  • Make more food than you can eat and offer it to people

One step closer

The fourth priority is to do something that gets you one step closer to a goal you set. A goal is a place, to get to that place you need to take steps. For example, if you want to write a 500 page novel, at the rate of one page a day, after 500 days you will have your novel written. If you want to get done sooner write more than a page a day. Simple.

I like to break concepts down as simplistic as possible, I think it’s going pretty well. We set goals, or at least have them in our mind, to give us a sense of purpose. A reason to wake up in the morning. We work a 9-5 job and say we don’t have time. I respond in my best Yoda voice, “time needed is time given.” Which means, all the time you need is the time you give yourself. Some days you write more than a page, and other days you struggle to write one sentence. That one sentence is one sentence closer to a finished novel. Take the time each day to get you one step closer to achieving your goals.

Do this for time management:

  • Just start and stop waiting for the perfect moment
  • Say “no” to the things that don’t matter (this takes practice)
  • Buy a calendar (I use a dry erase monthly calendar to schedule my weeks)
  • Find your motivation and inspiration to keep moving forward (I couldn’t tell you how many times I watched this Rocky scene)

Reading RobbieKnecht.com Blog

Last but not least, the fifth component for a great day — reading RobbieKnecht.com blog. Every Tuesday and Thursday I post new articles on the topics of improving overall well-being of life. The topics include: life, exercise, cannabis, nutrition, mental health, travel, with a touch of philosophical humor.

Also, my book list is on the website, click on the book of interest and if you buy it I get some dough from Amazon (via Amazon Associates Program).

Conclusion

The for a great day includes getting sleep, moving around, being social, doing something to be one step closer to a goal, and reading RobbieKnecht.com blog. If you get an average of 8 hours of sleep a day, move for about 2 hours, socialize for 3, take about 1 hour to write one page, and read my blog for 5 minutes, that leaves you with 9 hours and 55 minutes to do everything else. What you do in that time is up to you.


Click here to read the previous article: Exercising while high

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