Mindfulness is a state of mind that I have been chasing after on and off for some time now. I'm dedicating a week to put a routine into practice after reading my friend's tweet:
The timing is perfect. Seneca's On the Shortness of Life: Life Is Long if You Know How to Use It (Penguin Great Ideas) (a worthy read) got me thinking seriously about mindfulness and Stoicism. It all aligns with my belief in Fast Forward Advance and is a step forward in being better than yesterday.
After traveling for the last 10 months without the structure of a full-time job, my goal for this one week experiment will be to find a daily routine that works irregardless of my daily rigors.
Here's my strategy:
Modify HBR's 10 min framework, add elements of Tim Ferris's daily routine, and capture in my bullet journal--daily
Practice mindfulness by starting every morning with this 1 hour routine:
- Start meditating for 5 min per day
- Write 3 things I am grateful for
- Write 3 things that would make today awesome
- Write 3 daily affirmations (I am...)
- Avoid checking email when I wake up
- Watch a Ted talk with Whatshername (we alternate on who picks the talk)
End the day with the same 1 hour routine everyday
- Write what 3 things went well today
- What could have been better today
- A quick note on what I want to pursue tomorrow
- Turn off all notifications (eek)
- Check email infrequently, maybe in the morning after above routine, and once again during the evening (yikes)
- Avoid leaving browsers open with multiple tabs (finally)
Daily exercise routine without gym access
- At least 50 pushups
- Eventually, run 2 mi every morning (I've struggled with this because of traveling)
Avoid multi-tasking and focus on one thing at a time
...What do you practice for mindfulness?