You wake up, and snooze twice. You're exhausted, but the day has just begun. You drag yourself to the train, and get to your desk roughly an hour after leaving my house. How did I get here? I don’t even remember my train ride. You work for 9 hours, and eat lunch somewhere in between.
After work, you leave and rush to the subway. It’s crowded and you're falling asleep. Another hour later, you get home. Maybe you force yourself to the gym. After arriving home, you have dinner, shower, then crawl into bed. That’s Monday to Friday. Weekends are spent staying out too late, and get into bed by 4:30am. You wake up at 7:00am because your internal clock hates you, and the sound of everyone else in the house being awake isn’t conducive to sleeping. It's Monday again. Rinse, and repeat.
Sound at all familiar? Well, this was my life after grad school. I was excited to be done with school. I had a good job. But that was it. This is the routine that too many people experience. More than a depressing routine, it’s a terrible outlook on life. It’s time to change that.
Live with a purpose.
Every action we take should be done so with a purpose in mind. If we are not setting goals to accomplish, what the heck are we doing? This concept will do more for you than you realize. It will help to achieve goals. It will help to value the time you have because it is attached to sense of purpose. It will change the mopey outlook of the weekly routine described above. Everyone has a routine. “The grind.” The day in, day out work that needs to get done in order to sustain life. But with a purpose, it has value.
Let’s rethink some of that routine. I wake up at 6:00am, get myself to the gym. I want to jumpstart my energy levels, metabolism, and physical strength at the start of my day. I shower and feel refreshed. It takes me an hour to get to work, but I can read books on the train and keep my brain sharp. At work, I actively focus on building solutions that make others lives easier. I leave work satisfied knowing I put my best foot forward. My train ride home allows me to unwind; maybe I do a bit more reading. I come home and have dinner with my loved ones and share each other’s days. We bond.
I can continue, but you see how the perspective is completely different. I want to know that the things I do in my everyday life mean something to me, and to the world. So, again, I say, “live with a purpose.”
Allow me to end with a quote by the great Aristotle,