This is the companion essay to Our ability to negotiate complexity is a resource to be rationed.
There are aspects in life that need variety of course, but I’d rather have most aspects be simple, habitually effortless, and require as little decision-making as possible. But what aspects in particular?
It may seem overwhelming, but making these decisions everyday in the moment is more overwhelming. And you’ll have to answer these questions eventually, anyway.
Mainly, decide when you’re going to do X and how you’re going to do X. The goal here is to reduce the amount of decisions you have to make. For every activity, start with the simplest and stupidest possible approach—you can make it more complex once your habit solidifies. Let’s go through X’s.
Grab a notebook and start writing these out.
When will you go outside? Once a day at least.
When will you spend time alone in silence?
When will you hang out with friends? When is work/etc. more important?
How will you decide what’s important?
When will you check your email and notifications? Determine what the minimum acceptable amount of checking is, and then do that. This is an extremely easy way to be distracted.
In full, what’s your routine? Write this out, make it real.
What’s your wakeup routine?
What’s the first big activity you do in the day?
What’s the last big activity you do in the day?
What time will you set aside for urgent tasks that come up during the day?
What will be the first activity to get thrown out of your schedule if something urgent comes up? What will you do to make sure you keep that habit anyway?
Finally, if I were you I’d first convert this into a daily checklist, and second put this schedule in your calendar hour-by-hour.
I enjoy my pullup bar. Don’t worry if you can’t do that many, I could barely do two when I started. There are ways to ease into it. This is worth trying if at least because the progress that can be made is very large, and interesting to experience.
Hanging on a pullup bar has also relieved the back pain I had from when I was five to fifteen years old.
Also, I like kettlebell swings. Simple exercise that gets almost the whole body. [Best source for learning how to kettlebell swing.]
Posted 2021 January 24.
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