How do you start and end each day?
This genius video by YouTube channel “The Art of Manliness” discusses how to be a better man by harnessing the power of morning of evening routines. And while this video is directed toward a male audience, the advice given applies to all.
The Art of Manliness tells us: “While we generally can’t control what goes on in the middle of the day, we can usually control how we begin and end our day. So take advantage of this fact by incorporating your most important tasks, actions, and behaviors into your morning and evening routines.”Now why is having a routine so important?
“According to psychologist Roy Baumeister, we all have a finite amount of willpower that we can expend during the day: mental energy that is depleted by every decision, big or small, we have to make.”
This creates what is referred to by psychologists as “decision fatigue.” This is why we’re more likely to ruin a diet at the end of day, or get into fights with our loved ones after a long day of school or work. Our mental energy is literally depleted. The solution to hacking this phenomenon is by thoughtfully accomplishing our most important task at the start of the day.
“When something becomes routine, we no longer have to think about it; it’s set on autopilot. Instead of having to use willpower deciding whether or not you’ll work out that day, you simply work out, because that’s part of your morning routine.” This philosophy has been adopted by many great entrepreneurs of our time, such as Steve Jobs, who wore the same uniform of a black turtleneck and blue jeans every day to eliminate one more decision that would contribute to his decision fatigue.
What do you want more of in your life? How can you begin and end your day to make sure it’s with you, or well on its way?