Great American horror novelist Stephen King once said, “A man who can’t bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.”
It’s an interesting point.
However, he missed the mark.
The truth is that a man’s habits are already being shared, because the man and the habits are one and the same. Your habits determine who you are. You can’t hide your habits because they shape your character, your actions, your future.
Your daily routine will determine your future and your success in life.
Unstructured, haphazard routines bring lives of mediocrity. Structured, calculated routines that are in line with core values bring greatness.
Today, I’m going to share with you my daily routine. It’s one of my most prized insights in life.
My morning routine is especially important. It’s a time that I protect at all costs.
If you’re not getting everything you want out of life, look to your routine. Because the secret to success in any endeavor is really no secret at all. It comes down to work. It comes down to consistently moving in one direction until a goal is achieved.
A Day In The Life of Todd Kuslikis
I wake up every morning at 5am. I do this almost without fail.
Some people believe in “early birds” and “night owls”. I don’t.
I believe that habits will rule over all. If you train yourself to get up early, you’ll learn to love getting up early. You’ll have more energy early in the morning. It will become your special time.
In order to wake up early, you have to go to bed early. You have to make sacrifices. Turn the television off at 9pm. Go to bed at 10pm like me. Seven hours is plenty of sleep for most people.
Magic Time: 5am – 9am
I consider this magic time. It’s the most important time period in my day.
15 Minutes of Tai Chi (5am)
I practice Tai Chi to help energize and focus my mind. I’ve enjoyed the benefits of Tai Chi for many years. These benefits include deeper breathing, relaxation, greater energy levels, improved flexibility, better balance, and many others.
After Tai Chi, I begin my strength work. This usually lasts from 30-45 minutes. I vary it up. Sometimes I’ll go through Bodyweight Overload. Other times, I’ll try out other programs, but it’s always calisthenics based.
Lately, I’ve been doing more work on my gymnastics rings. I’ve only had them for a couple of months now but I’m absolutely addicted.
Bible Study/Prayer (6:30am)
I’m a Christian. I take time every day to read the Bible and pray. Lately, I’ve been going through iequip’s daily devotionals and listening to an audio version of the Bible.
I’ve also found an interesting technique for staying focused while praying. Instead of saying your prayers in your head, you type them out. I have a totally separate email account for this. I open a new email, type my prayer, and send it back to myself.
Mobility/Success Growth (7am)
I spend 30 minutes working on mobility. This is so important for anyone pursuing bodyweight mastery. While I work on mobility I always listen to a motivational message. Some of my favorite speakers are Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, and Zig Ziglar.
This is such a special time for me. It fills my mind with insights and the belief that anything is possible.
Every day we’re bombarded with negative influences. The media reports that the world is falling. News sites tell us about the latest killings. I try to block these things out and fill my mind with the belief that the world isn’t on a fast-track to destruction.
Skill Work (7:45am)
One of my favourite speakers, Jim Rohn, says, “If you want your life to change, don’t ask for a more favorable wind. Ask for better skills.” He also says, “If you change, everything will change.”
I wholeheartedly believe this. I believe it with every fiber of my being.
That’s why I spend one hour working on improving my skills. These aren’t exercise-related skills like handstands and front levers. They are skills that will help me in my future.
I use this time to learn and practice writing, speaking, and other areas of growth. Lately, I’ve been learning copy writing. It’s super important for someone that makes his living online.
Breakfast with Family (9am)
I strive to have breakfast with the family at around 9am. It’s a time to spend growing in unity.
Writing (9:30am – noon)
I spend a lot of time writing. I write blog posts. I write information for products. I write sales copy. I spend a lot of time in front of the computer.
Since I’ve trained myself to have most of my energy in the morning, this is the time I get most of my work done. I don’t take any calls during this time. I isolate myself. I keep my blinds closed and write, write, write.
When I first started writing, it was hard. Now it’s much easier. I can get my thoughts across faster and more clearly.
At about noon, I take a break. I eat a huge salad with grass-fed meat and healthy fat. It reenergizes me and helps prepare me for the afternoon.
Calls/Research/Odds and Ends (1pm – 5pm)
My energy levels stay high throughout the day, but my mental capacity starts do decline. My higher level thinking (i.e. writing) is done before noon. It’s how I work best. It’s how I’ve trained myself.
During this time I’ll conference calls with partners, research new calisthenic techniques/ideas, and attend to an assortment of other odds and ends.
I also practice 30 minutes of hand-balancing, as well as any “challenges” that I’m working on (like the Jump Rope Challenge).
Usually around 5pm or 5:30pm, I shut things down, head upstairs out of the dungeon, and enjoy the company of my family.
We’ll then eat supper, talk, go for a walk, or just hang out and play.
I try as hard as I can to be in bed by around 9:30pm. Reading is my favorite activity to do before bed because it relaxes me. Sometimes we’ll watch an episode of The Good Wife (which we are totally addicted too), but we’ve set a new rule of not watching anything in bed (which of course we broke last night).
I learned a simple trick to help me fall asleep very quickly. Of course, it comes back to routine. Create a bedtime routine that you follow exactly. Brush your teeth in the same way. Get into bed in the same way. Lay in the same position in bed. The routine you follow before bed triggers your mind and tells it, “Hey. It’s bed time buddy. Time to shut down for the night.”
It works like an absolute charm!
There’s a concept taught by Brian Tracy called “Eat The Ugliest Frog”. He states that you should do your most important or most difficult task first. I completely agree.
5am-9am is my most important time. It’s the time that I work on myself. I grow. I learn.
Jim Rohn also said, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
This may sound egotistical, but it isn’t. Remember the story about the two lumberjacks?
One lumberjack swung away at a large tree, while the other spent half the day sharpening his axe. The one that was swinging laughed and laughed because he had such a head start.
When the lumberjack who was sharpening his axe started working, the tree quickly came down. The other lumberjack was barely halfway.
Work hard on yourself.
Learn. Grow. Improve.
What new skills do you want to learn? What skills would help you drastically improve your life?
Time is going to pass anyway. Create a routine that you can ride all the way to your dream future.