You know when you actually do [almost] all the stuff you were supposed to do, and you feel good for like 5 whole seconds? That’s what I’m ending this year feeling. I believe a successful life is just a series of successful days—16 hour windows that determine who you are. Some days I wake up thinking I’m on top of the world, some days I can’t get out of bed, and I’ve gone through about 10 different systems trying to quantify whether I’m a lazy piece of shit or an iron man. This one’s my favorite though: simple, flexible, and effective. I call it “5 Golden Things.” Basically I have to do 5 things a day, and they can be ANY COMBINATION of these: Something physical (work out, yoga, long hike), Something meditative (reading and breathing), Something related to the computer or errands, something that pays, and something comedy (show, practice, etc). The goal is for each Golden Thing to be of equal value to my overall life and require equal effort. Daily building blocks.
If I wanna do 5 open mics today, and fuck off otherwise, I can make that substitution. I can go 6 beers deep until I’m taking selfies with a guy named Chico in Koreatown, I can do that! I’m a free man! But I can also spend 5 hours reading in a kimono, wondering why Nietzsche embraced a horse in the middle of the street in the 1800s and had a mental break down. Most days, I end up working, and then doing a show at night. Before, I tried to do everything, everyday, and I would fail after 2 days. This system is flexible enough to be fun, but difficult enough to give me that feeling that “I did it today.” And when you don’t have a traditional 9-5, it can be hard to know when you’re “done.” If you all have your own systems for holding yourself accountable, let me know, I’m a huge nerd for this stuff and I would love to share tips. Fuck a resolution for 2018, shit’s getting too real, we each need a system! Next year try 1 Golden Thing after work, see how long you can keep that going. Accountability homes! #PoorMan ’sJoeRogan - 19 days ago