Enter the Dragon: The Old Man Schedule
I’m doing it. No more playing around. I’m manning up. I’m doing the old man schedule.
What is this strange schedule I speak of? Why would I just to be an old man? Well, its not just any old man we’re talking about here people. It’s Benjamin Franklin. I want to do what this ripe nose bespectacled old geezer did. I want to get up early. I want to go to bed early. I want to get more done in a day, and feel better at the end of it.
Here’s Franklin’s schedule:
This last weekend we threw Greenville Grok. A shorty conf for hobbits and other creatures who want to share ideas, ask questions, spark discussion, and get quick no-nonsense peer review within a simple constraint of 10 or 20 minute spots. More on that later, but for now, let me say that Grok is the place where I first heard about The Old Man Schedule. The culprit is Cameron Koczson, pronounced Co-Zahn, which sounds like the fierce name of a japanese samurai – which in some ways he is.
Cameron, who is already one of the most industrious people I know shared that he thought he could do better to be more intentional about his day. I feel the same, and we’re not alone.
Simply put, and in list form, my goal is to:
- Get up early enough to be awake before the distractions start. My first day started at 5:30am. I didn’t get done as much as I wanted, so today I started at 5:00am.
- Be intentional about the period of waking. Decide what my time will be about the night before, so I can set about doing it immediately.
- Do something that makes my body awesome. Situps, pushups, pretend I know Kung Fu.
- Remember and write down the things I hold to be true, right, and good. Assert them over whatever wayward way I am feeling.
- Read Scripture & Pray.
- Write my ass off. Just write. Write whatever I can. Get it out. Don’t stop. Edit later, for now, just write. No really, don’t stop writing. If distractions come up, write them down in SimpleNote.
- Journal what I did, and what I’m learning as I start The Old Man Schedule.
- Slow down my mornings with my boys. See them. Don’t let them be a morning blur.
- Assess the day ahead, resolve to give it the wushu finger hold.
- Take the kids to school, ask them silly questions, or just enjoy being in the truck with them.
- Work steadily and with care. Tuning out distractions like Twitter and Email accept for specific moments designated for them during the day.
- Have a restful lunch sans work. Play on my iPad or take a walk. Read an article or two. Schedule only 1 lunch/week a long lunch out. Two hours to relate to someone awesome.
- Make the afternoon count. Have a post-lunch CoWork espresso and get focused.
- Stop work in time to review the day, set it aside, and head home unburdened and ready to be a wild awesome husband, and super-powered, cape wearing, tender-loving papa.
- Stop any and all tv, web, and phoneage. Read something with story.
- Pray and reflect. Sleep like a king. Rinse & Repeat.
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