Last month I started what I hope will be a recurring project.
For the the past six months or so, I’ve found myself on a bit of a plateau. Nothing was wrong, but nothing was great either. I doubt it’s uncommon for people in their 30s (or whatever age you’re at) to find themselves stuck in the monotony of whatever routine they’ve become accustommed to. Work, eat, Netflix, repeat.
I am someone who needs structure. If I have a day off, with nobody around, and no concrete plans to obey, the hours waste away in a blackout of chess on my iPhone, checking social media, and other mindless garbage.
I need a system.
I need a healthy system to follow or else productivity is nonexistent. It then follows that if I’m not productive, or have nothing that I’m striving for, I become lethargic, passionless, and less interesting. If these feelings persist, I look outward for ways to satisfy this complacency.
So I decided to start small.
For 30 days I would read 30 minutes per day. It was a measurable and attainable goal that I knew I could reach but also one that I knew I had to make or else I wouldn’t do it. If I set my mind to something, I’m stuck on it. It’s a blessing and curse. The good thing is that if I have a specific goal in mind, I’m pretty self-motivated. And so I set forth on a very simple “Step One.”
In my first 30 days, I read a little over two books, totaling 1,025 pages which averaged out to 34 pages a day.
I started with Harry Potter because a student recently asked me, “how have you even lived?” when I told her I had never read any of them. I then moved to non-fiction as a balance and chose Tim Ferriss‘ latest “Tools of Titans” because I enjoy his podcast. The third book, “The Organized Mind”, which I have put on hold due to it’s textbook-like style, is a subject matter that interests me and relates to my field of work.
Reading 30 minutes a day is no heroic feat but it was a start. I stuck to it and found myself having more to talk about and frankly, felt more interesting. This small pursuit led to other avenues of learning. During the month, I also set out to learn more about US presidents. Why? I’m not sure. But I listened to the podcast “Presidential” and started with John F. Kennedy and went chronologically all the way up to Trump. I found the Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford episodes most interesting and didn’t know that Ford pardoned Nixon about a month after taking office, essentially ruining his chance for a second term.
I am now on to month 2 of Soakin’ Scott’s 30 for 30. The goals of this month are still simple, but I have three instead of one.
- Increase endurance: Be able to run 2 miles in 16 minutes. (Currently, I’m running two miles in about 19 minutes.)
- Increase flexibility: Be able to sit down and touch my toes. (Currently, I’m pathetic. See below)
- Better hydration: Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day. (Currently, my pee smells like Dunkin Donuts cold brew).
The Tub is not going to turn into a chronicle of my life but I do intend to keep you devoted Jets informed. At the end of each 30 day-period, I will give you the results in edited video form.
I don’t know if it’s because I defeated the snitches or if I’m just getting soft, but I think I’m just moving on. I think most people, while they may find themselves attracted to the negative and mindless, really want something else. At some stage in your life, and maybe this is mine, you begin to crave more meaning and substance. If you’re like me, and you’re more or less established in your career and your personal life, you’re simply looking for ways to maximize your potential and happiness. You’re looking for people, strategies, gadgets–whatever–that will help in these ways and add value to your day-to-day life.
I’m very happy to announce that the blog is back for good and I’m 28 days away from touching my toes. Let’s soak.