A friend grilled me about my morning routine. As I’ve mentioned, I have a rigid List Of Things I Do Each Morning: morning pages while oil pulling. Meditation, then breakfast. Finally, I begin writing. I try not to check my phone immediately. Although it’s a tad robotic, I have no desire to muck around in the morning. I can’t remember the last time I went to sleep without setting an alarm. None of this came naturally. I trained myself.
On the other hand, he’s practically a forest creature. After tumbling out of bed at a different time each day he’s ready within minutes. Napping at random, foraging as needed, he only loosely adheres to society's rhythms.
"I admire a good schedule," he said. And I marvel at his flexibility. But neither of us is liable to change. The robot is unlikely to visit the animal encampment. The chipmunk steers clear of the robot factory. We are who we are.
It’s the same for you. While reading those descriptions you naturally identified more with me or with him.
But what if you're curious to shake things up? How can you get started? It's absurdly simple:
If you lack a routine, make it.
If you have a routine, break it.
Merits and flaws of aside, reversing the norm instantly tosses you on a new wavelength.
Everything is so different. Your reactions will be immediate and visceral. You’ll love it. You’ll hate it.
Most importantly, you’ll learn. After trying the opposite extreme you’ll rest in the middle. And there you’ll sew together pieces of each system, creating a patchwork that best suits you.