What is your evening routine?

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The less I need to think about with a set routine, the easier my day is to focus on what matters, on what needs to get done and ignore the rest.

This is my evening routine. as inspired by Tim Ferriss and his evening routine.

Here is my evening routine:

6PM

Stop working.

Prepare and eat dinner. Most meals for the week are often made once a week to save time in prep. See how do I batch tasks to save time.

Every other day, go to the gym to exercise with a neighbor for 45 minutes.

7PM

Scheduled bike ride every other day for 30 minutes (great for stress relief).

Participate in a mastermind group call once a week.

Set mobile phone on airplane mode.

Plug in and charge with all devices.

8PM

On warm weekday evenings (April through October), go to the pool to cool off and relax.

On Sundays, enjoy firepit with neighbors for 1 hour.

9PM

Find something to watch on-demand that I have not seen while hydrating with cool water.

Between 10PM and 12AM

Have preset multiple alarms set for waking hours set 15 minutes apart with different sounds that I will wake me on my mobile phone and Amazon Alexa.

Sleep

6 to 8 hours

After that, I repeat my morning routine.

What is your evening routine?

What is your morning routine?

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The less I need to think about with a set routine, the easier my day is to focus on what matters.

Inspired by Tim Ferriss and his morning routine, I thought I would share my morning routine.

6AM

Wake-up

Bathroom

Re-hydrate with cool water

Walk for 30 minutes either in my neighborhood, at a nearby national wildlife refuge or on the beach. If weather permits, I alternate between walking and swimming in my neighborhood (access has less cost, hassle, and maintenance than ownership of a pool).

7AM

Eat breakfast

        • Handful of blueberries (washed)
        • Black Bean burger (no bun nor condiments). Alternate with a whole avocado
        • Coffee (1 cup)
        • Cool water

Shower while listening to the custom flash briefing on Amazon Alexa in the bathroom. The custom flash briefing includes local weather for the day and business news from outside the US.

Shave in shower with the humidity on the skin.

Dress based on day’s events

Say goodbye to wife as she leaves for work.

8AM

Start work based on calendar

What is your morning routine?

Tools I Use: Mobile Ordering

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Mobile Ordering is not new. As soon as Starbucks, Panera and others restaurants started offer mobile ordering, I started using them. Often, this is done through a mobile app available on a smartphone which geolocates you to the closest retail locations.

Why mobile ordering?

I like spending time wisely. Waiting is not time spent wisely. If I have to wait for anything, I listen to audiobooks or podcasts. If I can mobile order a coffee from Starbucks before I walk into the store, I do. The beverage is ready and paid for when I walk in. I walk past all the people waiting in line, find my drink (not hard since few do this today).

Mobile orders are given priority which means I wait LESS than if stopped thinking to wait in line to order a coffee. Why would I want to do that?

Advantages to mobile ordering

You win back time. Less waiting for your order since it is now a priority. Mobile order minutes before arriving. Helpful when traveling. Walk in. Pick up the order. Consume your order.

You can still configure order as you normally would. If you want your beverage prepared a specific way, these are all options during the mobile ordering process. Same thing if you order food, but you want them to hold the onions.

Some mobile ordering apps we’ll remember your previous orders to make it easier the next time you order. With a few less taps on your mobile device, you can save time during the ordering process as well.

Of course, mobile ordering can include delivery you don’t have to go anywhere, provided the establishment delivers to your location. I typically use mobile ordering when I’m commuting or traveling.

Discounts or rewards for mobile orders are common for retailers who try to make mobile orders more popular.

More retailers are offering mobile ordering as an option to speed up the process. A number of companies enable mobile ordering for restaurants with their giving menu options and branding.

I see no purpose to talk to someone about ordering my food or beverage if I can mobile order it and speed up the process. If I am grabbing and going, I see no reason to chat or pant while waiting for your order.

On the other hand, if I am going to sit down and be social, then I will not mobile order. I plan to be there a while. If some startups have their way, waiters will no longer exist next decade.

Some people who feel social pressure find issue with the tipping part of a mobile app. I find the appearance of a tipping request common now (after all, it can makes them more money), but if the person did nothing to earn a tip (which is often the case) beyond their normal counter level service that I pick up myself, I don’t tip. Period. I fail to yield nor see any social pressure nor peer pressure if I need to make an order by mobile device or at a counter, then pick up my order myself.

Delivery is another question though. I will tip if someone delivers my mobile order to home, office or where ever.

It’s also a conversation to have with people you are mobile ordering with. Something new.

Try mobile ordering next time it’s available.

Questions?

Tools I Use: Scheduling

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I have saved so much time scheduling calls or meetings because of no back and forth using assistant.to

It is simple to use with Gmail along with Google Calendar. And it is free to use.

If you don’t want to be limited to just Gmail nor picking times yourself that would work for you in the future, I have saved even more time by allowing people to schedule time with me based on my calendar availability for Zoom.us calls using calendly.com.

The combination of zoom for calls and calendly.com save countless hours each week.

Yes, if you really want to discuss something productive for 15 minutes with me, schedule the time here and you will see what I mean.

If I need to schedule a group of people (3+) together for a virtual group meeting days or weeks in advance and want to offer a few choices in dates and times, I use zvite.co which is free to use.

There are some other appointment scheduling apps available if you prefer to do your own research.

Questions?