One thing I need to learn is to value my time more. I find myself attracted to the ideas of stoicism – “Not to live as if you had endless years ahead of you. Death overshadows you. While you’re alive and able—be good.” (Marcus Aurelius). To value my time more, I will begin to disconnect digitally – beginning with turning my phone off whenever possible. I found a list of practices and techniques that will act as a beginning guide:

  • Strive for improvement and always move forward in some way
  • Be mindful – focus on what I am doing (don’t waste time on distractions)
  • Be reflective and contemplative
  • Nurture loved ones and establish mentors
  • Educate myself – constantly feed my brain, be humble and open to new knowledge
  • Be nonreactive when feeling an emotional response (accept what I cannot change)
  • Minimize emotional responses (think before I speak or act / don’t worry about other people)
  • Avoid complaining (focus on being fair)
  • Use positive visualization

Hand in hand with this idea is the development of daily practice

  • Daily yoga
  • Run / jog 3 times a week
  • Study a minimum of 15 minutes a day
  • Workout 3 times a week

Frequent small doses, relax, and enjoy the journey

Today’s day 1: 5×5, Yoga, leaving cellphone at home or powered off when out with spouse, enjoy reading an entire chapter (Sherlock Holmes), plan by writing an upcoming schedule, focus on presented lecture.