Unless you have already been busy bullet journaling, you probably know it’s the latest craze to hit social media. If you’re like me, you may have thought (by reading countless headlines and hashtags) that this was some mystical, magical, life-transforming methodology that had the power to shift reality.
Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist at the National Institute on Aging in Maryland, has not had breakfast in 35 years. Most days he practices a form of fasting – skipping lunch, taking a midafternoon run, and then eating all of his daily calories (about 2,000) in a six-hour window starting in the afternoon.
I’m potentially running out of self-help books to read. Resorting to looking up oldies but goodies at my local library. Finished Learned Optimism this week. Didn’t love it but came away with two good points about optimism. The first being that kids that are optimistic as a result of achievement are much more likely to be happier and productive in the long run rather than just inherently optimism. Meaning children need to work hard to achieve something. In other words, no trophies for sitting on the bench.
I also read this paragraph in one of the final pages of the book about running. You’d be amazed at how many self-help books mention running.
” Consider jogging. Many of us now choose to jog. We slog along in all sorts of weather, waking up at ungodly hours to do so. The activity in itself gives us little or no pleasure. (me – amen brother!) It is sometimes annoying and not infrequently painful. We do it because it appeals to our long-term self interest. We believe that in the long run we will be better off, that we will live longer and healthier lives and be more attractive if we engage in this daily self flagellation. A little daily self denial is exchanged for long-term self enhancement. Once we became convinced that lack of exercise would likely be costly to our health and well-being , the alternative of jogging became attractive. ”
Not 100% on board with that but well said. There are many days that I know lack of exercise is costing me my health and fitness level but sometimes the couch and Blue Bell win. The key is making sure that it doesn’t win too many times.
Our lives become filled, even controlled, by the things we think we need to do. We think we can’t live without these things, but actually, we can. We can opt out. Think about how busy our lives have become. Think about how distracted we’ve become.
Would love to tell you that I’m dominating my day before breakfast but alas I’m not. I am getting up earlier, reading something inspirational and then leisurely sipping my coffee. Not so much dominating as savoring but the book has a lot of good ideas. I strongly agree with Jeff Sanders in that most things pushed to the end of the day are easily pushed aside. With that said, getting up at 5am to start a 3-hour morning routine can be tough. His podcast is inspiring and makes you really believe in his energy. That energy translated into the book with lots of spaces for writing down your own plans for day domination. It was well worth the read and even if you don’t make a power smoothing and run everyday before work, you may glean some good ideas for just not starting your day off in that horrible frantic rush. Arrive at work ready to start your day rather than squealing into the parking lot and sprinting to your desk.