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Several accomplished people have adopted the Monk Mode Morning Routine: Not doing anything from the time of waking till noon, just focusing on deep, meaningful work on something valuable.
The hustle fallacy is a common belief that by working harder, putting in more hours, and grinding throughout the day, we can get ahead of others and find success.
Overworking, which often leads to burnout, bad relationships, health issues and low-quality output is a product of decades-old work cultures across the world, and most of us post-2020 are either workaholics or recovering from it.
When we look at our calendar, we often notice that every hour is filled with something - almost as if we don't like being left alone with ourselves with nothing to do.
But our inner lives are in great need of attention. It takes the absence of an agenda to really learn about ourselves. It takes quiet and time.
Once a week, clear your calendar, remove any social obligations, turn off your notifications, let your projects sit idle and make space for what could happen.
You matter without the stuff, the outside approval, without the career, or the friends. It is worth having a "do nothing" day just to be you.
The To-Do list is almost a sacred technique of organizing your day and eventually your life. They lessen the day’s anxiety, provide a structure to power-through and are written proof of our productivity.
As the Zeigarnik Effect proves, we obsess over unfinished tasks and remember stuff which is incomplete or pending. The To-Do list comes to the rescue and saves us from a lot of stress.
Studies show that our mind performs better when we use written to-do lists. Here are some ways to make them more effective:
Routines, as we now learn, are fragile, but our practices, like doing some exercise or meditation, eating vegetarian or plant-based food, journaling, live on due to their being flexible and tailored for the individual.
The pandemic has shown us that most of our routines, like sending our kids to school, going to the gym, or rushing to office in the morning, can be easily disrupted or even exhumed.
Most of us have a different set of routines that seems to work for us. However, the fundamental practices like exercising, writing, reading, walking and having some moments of reflection are almost universal in nature.
These practices transcend every routine and become lifelong pursuits.
Most of us are facing an upheaval in our professional fronts, and have drastic changes in our routines. The order may change, but the basic practices should remain the same.
Work may be erratic, and there may be good and bad days, but one has to hold on to the basic practices.
Apart from the basic practices like walking, or writing, a few more to consider: