There’s too much negativity in the world. Way too much. Everyday there’s a sob story to focus on, and I get it, life is tough. It’d be easy if someone had all the answers, but there’s no magic formula.

Honesty works pretty well.

One of my biggest problems is that I have a hard time turning down opportunities. When someone puts something out in the world I try to seize it. I’ve gotten better about picking my battles and learning (and relearning) that communication is key to any relationship.

I do better when I operate with a routine.

Here’s the rough outline of my daily operations while I’m at home for this extended break.

Wake up around 7:00 and drink some coffee.

Go the gym at 7:30 and get a workout in.

Come back home around 8:15 and write a blog post.

Browse the internet catching up on the latest news so I can stay well educated until 10:00.

Then I go over to Omie’s house and help her with any chores or tasks that she needs help  with until 12:00 or until the work is done.

Come back and read a book for awhile.

I pretty much only plan the very first half of my day because that’s when I’m most productive. In the afternoon I begin to fade and I try to stay updated with the real stories of the world. If anyone messages me I try to return their message as quick as possible, because what’s the point of waiting?

Then I go in the hot tub with my dad at 7:30 and we discuss the current events of the world.

By 10:00 I’m usually in bed watching a mentally stimulating Netflix show like Mindhunter.

I rarely make it to 11:00 because I pass out, get some sleep and start over the next day.

That’s about what my life is right now. I’m not quite sure how other people live, but this seems like a good strategy to me.

The book I’m reading is called Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. It’s an interesting book because it focuses on how great people in the world learned how to have productive and restful leisure time. It also talks about how there’s only about 4 hours per day of productive work time, which is what I try to emulate by “ending” my day at around 12:00.

Another good thing about reading books is that it shifts our attention span. On the internet there’s so many headlines to focus on that most people don’t take the time to read the article. Books will always be valuable.

People like Russell Wilson say things like no time to sleep. There has to be time to sleep. Sleep is how our brains process what happens during the day so we wakeup feeling refreshed. Russell Wilson is still the best though 😉

I think it’s valuable to unplug from our devices for awhile too. Which is ironic because I’m one of the most plugged in people I know. I guess I figure that if someone has the audacity to share something in the world it’s a voice worth considering. The one social media that I stay away from is Facebook because it’s too personal most of the time and I can’t give everyone the attention that I think they deserve.

I’m back to using Twitter, which has been fantastic to see how much it’s change over the 8 years that I’ve been posting.

8 years! That’s wild.

I’m almost to 30,000 tweets, which is ridiculous.

Another thing that’s important is staying in the moment. People’s expectations will always be unacheivable, but that’s ok as long as you’re satisified with yourself.

I learned a lot by going to yoga classes and it’s refreshing to go somewhere where another person is in control and you don’t have to think about anything but the yoga motions.

That’s all I got for today. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.

Good luck and God bless,

Jack Wallner


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