“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert

The below is the ideal daily routine I aspire to.

I frequently do some, but rarely do all.

Exact times depend on bedtime the night before, which varies.

They are listed below in order to give a sense of proportion.

I don’t use alarm clock to wake up.

When I open my eyes I check the time – it’s usually ~7h after I went to sleep.

If it’s too early and I’m tired I continue sleeping.

It’s seldom late.


Daily Routine

Stretch in bed as soon as I open my eyes
Hot shower as long as feels comfortable, this is what connects me with my body

5.15 – 6.15
Drink water
Turn on blue light therapy – which helps if you live somewhere with limited Sun exposure
Meditation (anapana, vipassana, metta)

6.15 – 6.20
Thank you note – I leave it in front of me so that I just lean over and write a gratitude note to someone (5m)
Steam inhalation – keep your eyes shut and breathe deeply through your nose for (1m to 2m)
5 minute journal

6.20 – 6.30
Dress up

6.30 – 6.45
Bike to work listening to either music that puts in active flow, or podcast that teaches me something

6.45 – 7.00
Plan and prioritize the day, defining the 1 outcome that would make the day successful, no execution before planning

7.00 – 9.00
Work on the most difficult/creative/strategic task of the day


15.00 – 15.45
Exercise (gym, running) + recovery fuel – this is my lowest mental performance time of the day


18.00 – 18.30

Walk home commenting on the day with my partner

18.30 – 19.00
Hot bath with salts to relax muscular tension, connect with the body, perhaps reading a spiritual book

19.00 – 20.00

Meditation (anapana, vipassana, metta)

20.00 – 20.30
Dinner while watching something funny or inspiring

20.30 – 21.00
Hot drink like Yogi tea or leman balm that makes me sleepy
Lights dimmed
Soothing music in the background

Digital Free – no more digital screens (f.lux always installed for laptop, likewise for smartphone)

5 minute journal
Sleep Mask