You can drive a long time with a car that you don’t maintain.
But at some point, it will fall apart.
A few weeks ago, I was that car.
At the start of the Corona period, I built a solid morning routine:
7:00 AM - Get out of bed, eat a banana, drink a glass of water
7:10 AM - Go outside for a quick workout: pull-ups and squats
7:40 AM - Shower, cold for the last 2 minutes
7:50 AM - Meditate
8:00 AM - Breakfast with my girlfriend
I felt productive.
But just before the publication of my book, I started to skip parts of my routine.
While the launch date was getting closer, the end of my to do list was further away than ever.
At some point, I skipped my whole routine.
The workout became a rush to the kitchen.
My desk became the breakfast table.
And then, 10 days before launch date, I got sick.
It wasn’t corona.
It was exhaustion.
I could not think clearly.
My laser focus was nowhere to be seen.
After some days off, several walks outside, and many hours of sleep, I got back on track.
Falling ill was a warning sign.
It was a reminder.
It was my body telling me:
No matter how ‘busy’ you are -
Keep maintaining your car.
Don’t wait until you’ve driven too far.