Artificially Intelligent

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My Routine

Recently, I’ve been about as productive as I’ve ever been. One reason for this is my current routine, which can roughly be described as “systematize literally everything”. I currently work from home. Here’s a snapshot of what my routine currently looks like.

  • Monday-Saturday
    • ~0800: wake up
    • 0800-0900: eat breakfast, respond to messages, anki, clean various mouth and face parts, and change
    • 0900-1000: work (count: 1)
      • all work is general done in pomodoros of 25 minutes work followed by 5 minutes break
      • I find coworking helpful for productivity mostly because it makes breaks more enjoyable
    • 1000-1030: stand-up
      • This is a thing where I get together with some of my friends and we write down the goals we have for the day. It’s been pretty useful for accountability.
    • 1030-1400: work (count: 4.5)
    • 1400-1500: lunch
      • I generally read while I eat, although I’m not sure if this is a good thing
    • 1500-1600: take a walk, a nap, or both
      • I often listen to podcasts on walks, although sometimes I think
    • 1600-1800: work (count: 6.5)
    • 1800-1900: exercise
    • 1900-1930: dinner
    • 1930-2000: shower
      • I often choose what to think about in the shower, but sometimes I try to shower quickly because I don’t start showering until 1950
    • 2000-2200: work (count: 8.5)
      • I usually have calls during some of the work hours so I don’t actually do 8.5 hours of work a day for 6 days a week
      • I think it might be psychologically impossible for many people, potentially me included, to do more than ~5 hours of focused work a day
        • fortunately (unfortunately?) there are many tasks that need doing that do not require focus, e.g. responding to emails, making Facebook events, doing laundry, etc.
    • 2200-2230: clean mouth parts, meditate
    • 2230: sleep
  • Sunday
    • weekly review
      • questions I ask myself
        • what did I want to spend time on last week?
        • what did I spend time on last week?
        • what do I want to spend my time on next week?
        • how can I make it more likely that I spend time on the things I want to spend time on?
      • examples of answers to the 4th bullet:
        • block my phone during exercise time
        • created 10am stand-up
        • planning my exercise routine
        • adding a non-work hour after lunch
    • life maintenance
      • laundry
      • basic cleaning
      • miscellaneous accumulated tasks like short reports that need written, emails that need responding to, Amazon purchases that need returning, etc.
    • rest of the time is whatever I want
      • generally I still go to stand-up and eat lunch around 1400
      • I often do some amount of work, but it’s less focused/directed than normal
      • I try to have fun calls with friends on Sundays
    • I sleep at the same time on Sunday as all other days
      • sleep consistency is very important
  • Other bits
    • Exercise routine
      • Monday, Friday:
        • 4 set of 12 reps of
          • squats
          • bench press
          • dumbbell rows
          • deadlifts
      • Wednesday:
        • 4 sets of 12 reps of
          • squats
          • overhead press
          • chin-ups
          • Romanian deaflifts
      • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday:
        • generic cardio
          • my knee hurts occasionally, so right now this is mostly Beat Saber
        • core
          • 3 sets of 3 reps of 30 seconds of:
            • planks
            • russian twists
            • crunches
      • Every day ends with a ~8 minute stretch routine
    • Helpful software
      • Todoist
        • I put many more things into Todoist than many people think is reasonable, including all parts of my exercise routine, showering, checking my email, doing anki, meditating, etc.
          • Basically everything I do consistently that doesn’t happen at a precise time is a recurring task
            • also most of the time everything I potentially want to do in the future is in my Todoist backlog
              • notable exceptions include readings, which are in Instapaper
          • I also put 8 25-minute pomodoros to make sure that I’m doing at least 4 hours of focused work
          • Often times “work” in my calendar involves calls or events
      • Google Calendar
        • I schedule more things than many people think is reasonable, i.e. literally everything.
        • I find it very helpful to not have to wonder what I should be doing at any given moment because I can instead just check my calendar
      • Freedom
        • Distracting websites are blocked outside of 0830-0845 (except for Sundays)
        • All websites are blocked during 1800-1900 (exercise time)
      • RescueTime
        • Helps me track computer usage to see if I’m complying to my routines
      • All my electronic devices don’t work after 10pm, except for the specialized ones
        • this is accomplished through various cron jobs, Apple screen time, freedom, and Lock Me Out
        • specialized devices include
      • MultiTimer
        • useful for exercising and stretching
    • Other tricks
      • I take 0.3 mg Melatonin at ~1900 every day
      • I change into pajamas after I shower
        • I’m not sure this does anything, but it sure feels like it might
      • I don’t use an alarm in the morning
        • the logic is that if I oversleep, that means I needed it
      • All my clothing is approximately the same, so I don’t really make decisions on that front
      • If I notice that I don’t really want to do any particular bit of work, then I switch to doing something else
        • This blog post is being written because I felt tired when I tried to revise a research write-up
      • I have a pair of noise canceling headphones that I try to wear if and only if I’m working
      • I place large importance on respecting the work/break cycle of the pomodoros, e.g. when it’s time for a break, I take a break at that instant even if I feel tempted to work for just one more minute
        • similarly, even if I’m talking about something interesting with a friend during a break, I cut off the conversation when the break is over
        • I think this is pretty important for avoiding the trap of co-working becoming co-not-working
      • my room is very bright during the day, but my lights are orange at night
      • I wear earplugs to sleep