Mario Villalobos


At the end of every day, when I’m lying down with my laptop on my lap, my fingers on the keyboard, and I’m thinking about what to write about for my blog, one of my first maxims, per se, is to try not to repeat myself. When things are going well, however, my bank of ideas always seems to be empty. I know I touched on this a few entries ago, but I just wanted to reiterate that again tonight because things seem to be going well still. I’m hitting my targets every day, I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing — writing, reading, working out — and I’m generally, simply, happy. I have no complaints. Well, scratch that. I guess I do.

Since things are going so well, why not try to shake things up a bit and add something new to my routine? I know I’ve had that thought flit across my mind a few times in the past few days, but I never took it seriously enough. It wasn’t that it was a bad idea; my mind was just on other things at the time, and since I didn’t write it down, I forgot about it. Then it would come again, and I still didn’t write it down. Hell, this is a good lesson for me to internalize. Why in the world have I bought these notebooks if I’m not using them? Craziness.

Anyways, I have hundreds of tasks on my todo list, many them as larger projects that I haven’t made progress on in a while. Some for months, others for years. They’re projects that aren’t important for me to do but are still things I would like to do at some point in time. Most of them involve stuff on my computer, others are bucket list-level items, and others involve me spending money. I know there are “rules” out there that say if something’s been on your list for X amount of days, be it 2 weeks or 2 months, and you still haven’t made progress on it, then you should assume that you’re never going to get around to it and you should just delete it. I never really subscribed to that idea. Some stuff, yeah, I would delete if it no longer applied, but there’s stuff you might want to do someday. Those are the things I’m talking about.

The thing about my current routine, though, is that it takes up my whole day. There’s very little wiggle room for me to add to it unless I take away other things I use my time for. And the one thing that I know I can cut but god dammit I don’t want to is television. I can save a few hours every day if I stopped watching television. I watch at least 2-3 hours of television a day, and writing it out makes it seem like that’s a lot. But is it? I watch an episode of television in the morning during breakfast, after writing 300+ words in my novel. I think I deserve that. I watch another episode of television after work. I don’t eat lunch at work, so I usually drink my Primal Fuel shake while watching television. That fuels me up for the workout I do right after. Then during dinner, after showering and cooking the meal myself, I watch some more television. Food and television seems to go hand-in-hand, and that seems super normal to me. I live alone, I don’t eat with anyone, so television keeps me company. Is that sad? I don’t know. I am sad that I’m thinking about cutting out television. Now, is that sad?

I guess I have to think about my priorities. If I think about the three pillars — mind, body, spirit — and I couple them with the three things I have to do every day — reading, working out, writing — I can see that I already write twice a day. Would adding more writing to my routine make me any better? I do want to write more in my notebooks, mostly just ideas and thoughts and nothing so structured and formal like this and my novel. So, maybe. I know I can’t workout any more than I already do. One Insanity workout per day is plenty, and last month when I did two per day, I almost injured myself, so I know for sure that that was plenty. So, no for that one. Reading? I know I’ve said I can read more, but I usually don’t. I read for an average of 30-60 minutes a day, but not all at once. It’s spread out across the day. Maybe I can read more.

Hey everyone, thank you for following along on my thought process there. I’m going to try to add more reading to my day, just to make my routine a bit fuller and more fulfilling. Maybe by filling my head with more ideas, that’ll make my entries more interesting. Win-win. I’m also going to try to cut one of my television watching times by one and read instead. Possibly my after-work snack time. I’ll let you guys know how it goes.