Anything you want to keep permanent part of your life requires a ritual.  Habits are uninformed patterns we do over and over.  Rituals are done with intention to facilitate a desired behavior.  It’s easy to get inspired by a book, someones writing, or a speaker.  In the moment you may vow to implement what you have learned.  Without placing a ritual around what you want, you will never get there.

Rituals also have the benefit of forcing you to remove something from your schedule to make room for something else.  I have several rituals and I plan my time with intention.  So when I want to take on a new project or goal, I go to put a ritual in my calendar that will make that goal an inevitability.  If my time is already allocated, then I have to remove something to make room for the new project or aspiration I have.  This makes it very easy for me to weigh a new project against an existing ritual that supports an existing goal.  So every new opportunity has to displace another in such a way that it is materially better.

Over time, I optimize my rituals to achieve the goals that are most important to me.  This is my current weekly set of rituals.

Monday – Friday

5:0am: Rally.  When I say go, we go.

5:00am – 6:30am: Gladiator Training

6:15am – 7:30am: Morning Ritual

  • Meditation
  • Affirmations
  • Journal
  • Reading

7:30am – 8:00am: Prepare and launch kids to new realms of education

8:00am – 11:30am: Fire fight

11:30am – 1:00pm: Lunch with a colleague

1:00pm – 5:00pm: Focus Time

5:00pm – 5:30pm: Retrieve children

5:30pm – 8:30pm: Dinner with family and quality time

8:30pm – 9:00pm: Prepare for bed, Evening ritual

  • Review the day with my wife
  • Ask my subconscious to work on a problem

9:30pm: Sleep