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
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