I Spend the First Two Hours of My Day as a Robot

My wife said something last Thursday morning as we were getting ready to leave for work, and my reply made me realize that perhaps not everybody follows such a set routine as I do.

She said, “Can you believe it’s Thursday already?”, and I said, “I know. It messed up my routine. I thought it was Wednesday, and Thursday is the day I usually use conditioner on my hair. So now my schedule is off for the rest of the week.”

To me it was just a normal response, but my wife burst into laughter and said she didn’t know that Thursday was my hair conditioning day.

I then went on to explain my whole showering process – Mondays and Thursdays are shampoo and condition, Wednesdays and Saturdays are just shampoo, and the other days are just body soap.

She seemed fascinated by this routine of mine, and then she asked if I had other routines that she was not aware of.

She knows of my morning green smoothie routine, which I wrote about before, and she knows that I exercise every day, but she probably wasn’t aware of how structured it is. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Monday – 45 minutes on a recumbent bike, doing intervals guided by heart rate monitoring
  • Tuesday – 45 minutes on a rowing machine, at a heart rate slightly above the (180-age) guideline
  • Wednesday – 45 minutes on the bike, using the (180-age) rule for heart monitoring
  • Thursday – 45 minutes on rowing machine, doing intervals guided by heart rate monitoring
  • Friday – 45 minutes on the bike, at a heart rate slightly above the (180-age) guideline
  • Saturday – extended time on rowing machine, using the (180-age) rule for heart monitoring; yesterday was 80 minutes

I do the above cardio first thing in the morning, right after I wake up.

Afterwards, I make my smoothie, then take my shower (per the schedule shown above), and then head to the gym (well, Planet Fitness).

My first 10 minutes at the gym are spent stretching, and then on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I do an additional 20-30 minutes of strength training, always performing the same exercises in the same order (unless someone is using the machine that I was planning to use – which is mildly annoying. I manage to adapt, but not happily.)

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at the gym are my easy days, since I only do the stretching.

So if you haven’t fallen asleep yet, there you have it.

My Groundhog Day-like daily routine.

When I put the routine in writing, I know it makes me look a bit anal retentive, and maybe I am. But as I noted in my post about my green smoothie routine, knowing in advance what I am going to do means that there is one less thing to think about, and I think it makes it much easier for me to stick to the routine.

There are days, for a variety of reasons, that my routine might be a little different, but such days are few and far between.

Now if I could just routinize the other 15 hours a day that I am awake, then I wouldn’t have to think about anything at all all day…

P.S. Apparently I’m not the only person who enjoys a daily routine; here’s an article that looks at the daily routines of seven famous entrepreneurs. The story features¬†Barack Obama, Winston Churchill, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams (of Twitter), Tim Ferriss, Leo Babauta, and Ben Franklin. Not a bad group to emulate…

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