An Algorithm for Living Life
Living according to an algorithm does leave me a little cold. However, there is a case for the ideal daily routine. A routine is, after all, a form of an algorithm.
By coincidence, the subject of an algorithm for life popped up twice on the same day before 7 am. That was reason enough to give it more consideration.
You could think of the ideal day as having a handful of main routines, each with several sub-routines.
To be clear, we are referring to the bulk of our days that form part of regular life and not the ideal day we dream of having. This is not the paradise island and pina colada algorithm.
The main routines might consist of the following:
2. Personal objectives
5. Rest and recovery
Note that this is an ideal and living up to an ideal can be challenging. Some components are non-negotiable, and others are critical but may not be on the schedule every day.
My parameters for items 1 and 2 are that these should be offline and first thing in the morning. Completing item 1 is an early win, and it creates momentum for the rest of the day. #runeveryday
Personal objectives are projects and tasks that make me better. Writing is one of them. Another is overseeing investments and long-term financial planning. It is also thinking time. Time to think is extremely valuable.
The earning/work routine is a big one! This routine often involves the most hours; for those who rent their time to a boss, it might be the part you have the least control over. A subroutine that is permanently running for me is how to transition from a selling time model to an annuity model. Projects in item 2 on the list are part of solving this problem.
Connection/chill is downtime at the end of the day. This often involves food! This time is essential because it is the downhill ride to the end of the day. It is also the time to plan the sub-routines for the next day. It is time to think about the route for tomorrow’s run and the earnings/work tasks that are a top priority. On some days, it might be none of these. Instead, it is dinner and conversation with friends and family.
The rest and recovery routine could be called sleep. I have discovered that the quality of attention I pay to sleep informs my ability to perform the other routines. I constantly compare my Garmin sleep measurement data to how I feel about my sleep. Garmin is surprisingly accurate.
Having given this some thought, living by an algorithm isn’t such a bad thing. Choosing your algorithm and running your own sub-routines are key to keeping it fresh and novel.