Creating a Daily Routine for Freedom

The more I explore myself, the more I realize that my “freedom” is not from not having anything to do but by doing things that give me purpose.

Watching the Clock with Nothing to Do

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I spent many years without a daily routine. Not having a routine made me watch the clock, not getting anything done and I found it hard to feel fulfilled at the end of the day.

Not having a routine made me check the time often and gave me a feeling like I was wasting time in some way. I wasn’t sure how to get things done or which item I should start next. There were no priorities and therefore, no way to know what was important.

Creating a Daily Routine

It seemed counter intuitive to me but setting a full daily routine has helped me feel more free. I think part of the freedom feeling is feeling fulfilled. Doing what is important to me helps me feel like I have taken care of my list, even if some office work doesn’t get finished.

Creating a daily routine for me is about simplicity. If I do the things that are most important for my welfare, I feel fulfilled. For me, if I do my daily meditation and mantra practice, I feel good, even if more work came in than I was able to finish.

I have noticed that doing something daily, even if it is only for a few minutes a day, makes me much better at it. Aly Dunne (@thewayofmantra) explains how a daily practice is like a river wearing down rock over time.

Here is a quick view of my daily routine:

  • Wake up, meditate, chant
  • Drink elixir (modified from Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir), walk dogs, start hot water for tea, sing to my kombucha scoby
  • Work on graphic/web projects
  • Eat lunch
  • Work on graphic/web projects
  • Go for run, walk dogs, walk by myself
  • Meet with friends, network
  • Wind down, sleep

Resources for Optimizing the Daily Routine

Here are some of the tools and resources that help me develop and stick with my routine.

Your Routine

Do you have a daily routine? If so, what have you noticed by following it/not following it?

The Champion Mentality

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As I was sitting in the crowd during the opening keynote at Blog World 2011 Los Angeles I was awestruck. This was the first conference that I had ever been to and it was overwhelming, in a good way. Seeing Peter Shankman speak so easily about rocking some of his ideas got everyone excited. Even though I felt the same excitement I started thinking, “why am I excited? What is he saying that is speaking to me? How is he saying it that speaks to me? What is his thought process to grow this idea or project?” This lead me to start thinking more about the people that we put on pedestals and why we put them there. Luckily I met some of the other speakers a little later after all of this had been going through my head. Talking to them was further research into these questions and the key thing I learned from it was to look at everyone and everything in a different way than I previously had.

There is a mentality that helps some people exceed where others fail. This is the champion mentality. It has been called many different things by many different leaders. Many leaders never could pinpoint what it is that made them a leader or why they did a certain something in a certain situation. I would like to find out more about this a encourage people to work on some these traits to become the best in their own lives.

Greatness

ancient thinkerThere are many different thought patterns and shifts that can take us all in very different directions. Some will help lead us to greatness, which is different for all of us based on our own rating metrics. Because of the thousands of different traits that each of us have we all can be great in so many different ways. My goal is to find some commonalities between the champions in each region and why a certain person is thought of as great.

When we label someone great or think that someone is successful, it is often because they make us feel that we are that way as well, or at the very least, we can achieve it. This feeling is what keeps the dream alive and the passion behind the dream is what makes it achievable. Many times we empathize in certain ways with champions and feel as though we are in their place in that moment and it makes us feel like a champion.

Pre Greatness

Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a rut while everyone around you is starting to have awesome things happen to them, ie. they got the job that you didn’t, they have friends when you don’t have friends, etc. Some people call it failure, mediocre, despair, why me?, unfair, or underwhelming. I like to call it Pre Greatness and I’ll tell you why.

After a crushing depression based on my own body’s chemicals added to some severe emotional situations that I had encountered I found myself spinning my wheels in a rut of blah. I still had some great moments and some bad moments but it wasn’t consistent or predicted.

I then developed the mentality for quite a while that everyone else got the things they wanted but I never got what I wanted. I wasn’t bitter about it but I definitely thought I was just unlucky or that I was being punished unfairly. Now I see things in a completely different way.

Now I see that everyone has greatness inside them and it’s up to them to find it and share it with others. That is why I call it Pre Greatness. The bottle just needs to be shaken up and opened to let the greatness out others.

Conclusion

We all have the a champion inside us. In order to let it out we need to be our life’s champion and lead ourselves to greatness. It’s important to keep looking at things in different ways so we can see where we are going and make sure that it is in the direction we are hoping to go.

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