How to (Be my Best) Human
A big part of my experimentation with planning and scheduling these last few months has been figuring out the core things I need to do to feel human.
Not just human, my best human.
These are the things I need to do on a daily or weekly basis to feel motivated, focused, effective, generally-level-headed-and-not-a-self-depreciating-ball-of-anxiety… You know, all that good stuff.
This is different for everyone, but for me, here’s what it looks like:
Keto 5 days per week — eat a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. No processed foods. Stay off the sugar train.
Move 4x — CrossFit four days a week. Because olympic lifting is my jam.
Read 5x — I read most mornings after I wake up for an hour or so.
Write 5x — I like to write after I read before I get into work for the day.
Make 3-4x — Make something with my hands (knit, draw, etc.) or take photos.
Connect 2x — Seeing friends/family in person and having proper, one-on-one conversations.
Venture 2-4x a month — Having a day or afternoon where I’m out wandering aimlessly, usually in a new area (city or nature) exploring and taking photos.
It’s when I stop doing these things that I tend to notice myself slide. My mood drops, physically I don’t feel good, my productivity takes a nosedive, and anxiety gets the better of me.
And when I do feel off this serves as a nice little list I can check myself against. Before I jump to, “It’s happening! I’m getting depressed again!” I ask myself if I’ve been doing these things. No? OK, then let’s start there before assuming the worst.
It’s helped give me a sense of control after feeling at the mercy of my body/mood for so many years.
I’ll keep experimenting with it (I’m trying to add in meditation right now) but so far, so good.