5:30 a.m. – Wake up. Nope.
5:31 a.m. – Wake up. Ok.
5:45 a.m. – Check the futures. Read all the news. Research all the companies. Recheck the futures.
6:15 a.m. – Run 5 miles.
7:30 a.m. – Shave? No. Shower. Dress. Handsomize. Check the futures.
8:00 a.m. – Commute. Listen to all the podcasts. Smile at the beautiful people (everyone is beautiful in my eyes).
8:45 a.m. – Work.
9:30 a.m. – Opening bell.
11:30 a.m. – Wishing I could eat lunch.
12:30 p.m. – Eat lunch.
1:30 p.m. – Wishing I had more lunch.
4:00 p.m. – Closing bell.
5:30 p.m. – Commute. Listen to all the podcasts. Smile at the beautiful people.
6:15 p.m. – Home. Eat. Eat more. Eat some more, again.
10:30 p.m. – Sleep.
From a distance, that is how an average weekday might look. I sometimes see friends and family after work because I like friends and family. I sometimes go to events or classes because I like fun and learning. In the background of each day’s events, my mind runs through a daily mental checklist of what I wanted to accomplish on that given day. It is always an unrealistic list of goals and that’s what keeps my mind excited (and my body tired!).
More often than not, my checklist is left 75% unfinished. And while potentially frustrating, that is a good thing. It means I have a reason to wake up the next day with the same passion for the day before, and it should not be a source of anxiety. Am I trying to learn to code in my free time? Yes (emphasis on trying), but “an hour of coding class” is one left unchecked on too regular of a basis. Do I want to start a business/create a product? Damn right I do, but my daily regiment usually consists of lots and lots of thinking; thinking of problems to solve, ways to solve these problems and usually realizing that that problem has already been expertly solved. Am I going to write the next great American novel? Of course I am. Tomorrow. Once I get the plot points all figured out. Tomorrow.
Frustrating? Sure. Discouraging? No. There really is not enough time in the day for me to accomplish everything that I want to, and I am sure most people are the same way (and have many more responsibilities than me – family, pet, etc.), but life is infinitely more interesting when you’re trying to solve the mysteries of the world. I do eventually find some time to work on my various projects, so there might be hope for me yet.
Sure, one day we might catch up with our daily checklists, and one day I might be 6’5 with a full head of hair. Try to stay focused and stay passionate and the seemingly overwhelming magnitude of life suddenly becomes quite manageable and pretty exciting.