Archive for the ‘Low Information Diet’ Category
This past week I’ve been making it a point to go to bed early. For me, early means by 10pm at the latest, earlier if possible.
Normally I’ll be up until 11 or sometimes midnight on the computer.
I know that when I go to bed early, it is easier to wake up at a reasonable time without an alarm. When I wake at a reasonable time I’m more likely to get my training done in the morning and get to work earlier. When I get to work earlier I tend to get some big things done right away before meetings take over. When I get a few big things done at work every day I just feel good. When I feel good I end up being a more effective yoga teacher (when I teach after work on Mondays) and more pleasant when I interact with friends and family.
Overall, going to bed early has a massive and positive ripple effect throughout the rest of my day. It’s worth doing.
When you have no other choice, you stop making excuses and start doing the things you know need to be done. When you close off all alternatives, it is much easier to commit and make progress.
Most business people I know love the fact that they are able to get so much work done while travelling on airplanes. At least on most flights, cell and e-mail access isn’t an option, so one is left with the only choices of reading the inflight magazine, reading a book, listening to music or actually getting work done. Goodbye internet, hello productivity.
Can you go internet free one day a week? Can you go e-mail free a couple times a week? Can you resolve not to answer your work calls after 5pm or before 9am? Can you commit to eating a leafy green salad with every meal? Can you not turn on your TV after 9pm? Can you stop reading so many blogs and focus more on writing more of your own :)
What can you do to recreate such situations (like the internet free flight!) in your everyday life – so that you don’t have to rely on your own willpower to achieve a positive result? For example, have organic produce delivered to your door every week so you feel compelled to eat healthy food – so it doesn’t spoil. Join a sports team that will make you feel guilty for not getting out and exercising. Do work in a location that doesn’t have internet access. Sell your TV (or loan it to a friend for a while). Disable your Facebook and Twitter accounts…etc.
Get creative and design a lifestyle that makes it easy for you to be more disciplined and smarter about how you live you life and spend your time.
I am a big fan of not creating problems that I will need to solve later on. I do not love cleaning, but I do enjoy a clean home. The best way I’ve found to keep my house clean is to not make it dirty or messy in the first place! This sounds incredibly intuitive and simple – and it is – but it amazes me how many people still don’t actually do it.
For example, let’s suppose the dishes pile up, the carpets get tracked with dirt, clothes are lying all over the floor, laundry is left half-dry in the dryer, food is spoiling in the fridge, receipts and mail are littered about the counter, etc.
This is quite a mess, but not out of the ordinary for the typical home every. Just think about how frusting it would be to live in this kind of environment. Cleaning once you hit this breaking point would just add another layer of frustration to the mix.
Instead, consider the following changes:
- You don’t put dishes in the sink, but directly in the dishwasher
- You slip off your shoes when you enter your home
- You have a hamper in your bedroom for all your dirty clothes, and another for the clean clothes that are yet to be folded
- You eat what is in your fridge first before dining out, and get in the habit of freezing things you know you won’t eat in a few days
- You have a shoebox for receipts, maybe a few shoeboxes if you have a home business
- You immediately throw all junk mail out before you set the mail down on your counter (and then take steps to stop junk mail for good)