Routine is often considered a bad thing. No one wants to be the victim of routine. No one wants to be stuck in some stupid activities they don’t really like. But routine could also be a good thing. You don’t have to be the victim, you could be its master. It’s bad only if you are forced to follow it, if someone else has created it for you. I believe that if you create your own routine and choose the activities that truly allow you to reach your goals, this routine benefits you. Great writers, like Stephen King (he wrote about it in his wonderful book On Writing), usually have a routine they follow. Their routine does not hinder their creativity, it gives them time and space where they can be creative. At a certain point in time and in a certain place, your creativity is triggered. New things are born. Isn’t it wonderful?
1. Own and live in a house.
Didn’t really work but paved for future earnings as I spent the very first day following my cleverly devised plan. I tried to create a routine for myself that would allow me to focus on different aspects of my writing goals. So far, so good. I also received food intolerance tests and will be conducting some on my clients. This will be my future work. I already have takers for 2 out of 5 tests.
Oh, and I am currently taking a course on Udemy, focused on creating a personal brand. I really do need to create a brand of myself if I want to succeed.
2. Write AND publish a book.
My routine didn’t work 100% as expected because the workout started later and took longer than I had planned in my daily routine. This meant less time for writing. But I DID WRITE. I haven’t been writing for a while so at first, I was simply opening my folders and files, checking what I already have. Lots of incomplete works. I don’t necessarily like all of them but found one that I could continue. I did work on that for a while. It’s already 58 pages and follows my adventures in Asia. This was back in 2014 when I was single and utterly confused about life. And when I was also 10 kg heavier than today. Yikes, how could I have been like that?
3. Win a major race.
A hard workout at the indoor arena. 6×5 minute speedwork. Ugh, tough. But at least done. In the evening, I did my second workout: 30 minutes easy run and some conditioning exercises.