• Rob Olson

Mastering Your [New] Daily Schedule

Life today is different than it was two weeks ago.

Social distancing has the majority of us working from home.

Our routines were literally turned upside-down. Our once very busy lives all the sudden ... slowed down. No commutes. No kids activities. Nothing. Just ... being home.

We all have 24 hours in a day. And now, most of us spend those 24 hours at home.

What are you doing with your 24 hours?

Once this is all done and we go back to our old routine, will you look back and regret your decisions and how you spent your time, or will you be glad for the interruption for it forced you to grow and adapt?

Do you want to read more?

Do you want to workout more? Or start working out?

Do you want to learn to cook?

Do you want to be a better mother/father/spouse?

Do you want to start a side business?


If you can become a master of your schedule, you will exit this crisis a better version of yourself.

How do you accomplish this?

First, take charge. You are the creator of your destiny. As cheesy as it sounds, its true. Create a daily schedule, and the first thing you put in there, is the thing you want to prioritize, the thing you want to get better at. If its being healthier, prioritize the workout. If its being a better spouse, set time to have coffee together and just talk. If its creating a side business, prioritize time when you can think and take action. If its being a better employee, its making more time for work. You get the idea.

Second, realize everything is either an obstacle or an opportunity. Its your mindset and view that will determine which it is. 24 hours at home, is that boredom and prison, or is it freedom to grow? Minimal workout equipment, is that an excuse for lazy workouts, or is that a path to mastery and excellence?

Third, stay in your "3 foot world". What does that mean? Cue short story from a Navy SEAL:

During SEAL training Mark and a few other trainees went to Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas to learn rock climbing from a civilian expert climber. Even though Mark had flown in helicopters, parachuted, and engaged in all sorts of activities at great heights, he was still afraid of heights.

During the training he had to climb hundreds of feet up a sheer rock face. Once he was high up he looked down, panicked and froze. The trainer climbed up to assist him:

“Hey, man,” the trainer said said in a lazy, raspy voice. “Just stay in your three-foot world.”

I was a couple of hundred feet up the rock face and I could barely think, let alone decipher his cryptic advice.

“What the hell are you talking about, bro?”

“Only focus on your three-foot world,” he said. “Focus on what you can affect. You keep looking around, and none of that can help you right now, can it?

I shook my head no.

“You’re calculating how far you’re going to fall,” the instructor said. “You’re looking down at Jeff, but he’s not going to come up and help. You’re looking out at the Strip. What are you going to do, gamble your way to the top? Don’t look at me. I’m not going to help you either. This is up to you. You’re climbing this rock. Stay in your three-foot world.”

I’ll never forget those words: “stay in your three-foot world.” 

This is a great lesson. During times of stress, pressure or worry, focus on what you can control in the moment and ignore everything else. The reason so many people quit SEAL training, is not because each individual task is too hard, but its because they look too far, they see how much total work needs to be done instead of just the task at hand. They did not stay in their 3-foot world. Just like when I ran my 50 mile Ultramarathon, I literally never told myself I was going to run 50 miles. I told myself I was going to run 1 mile ... 50 times. Big difference.

[Story from the book No Easy Day. Shared from https://www.theifod.com/great-life-advice-from-a-seal-staying-in-your-three-foot-world/]

Alright, enough philosophical talk. Here is my schedule!

Monday thru Friday

5:15am - Wakeup

5:30am - Empty dishwasher, get coffee and start work

7:30am - Breakfast with family

8:00am - Head to basement "office" to work

11:00am - Workout

Noon - Lunch with family

1:00pm - Head to basement office to work

5:00pm - Head upstairs for family time

6:00pm - Dinner

7:30pm - Kids to bed, then cleanup house

8:00pm - One show with Denise

9:00pm - Bed

If I'm caught up with work, I will read a book at 5:30am instead of starting work.

If there is extra work to be done, Denise and I will work at 8:00pm instead of a show.

Saturday & Sunday

5:15am - Wakeup

5:30am - Empty dishwasher, get coffee, read and/or play videogame

7:30am - Breakfast

8:00am - Family time

Noon - Lunch

1:00pm - Usually work outside or family time

3:00pm - Workout or Run

4:00pm - Family time

6:00pm - Dinner

7:30pm - Kids to bed

8:00pm - Show with Denise

9:00pm - Bed

Here's what I prioritize:

- Work

- Family Time

- Workouts

- Sleep (as much as possible with an infant)

Now go pick what you want to prioritize, put it in your schedule, and go crush this social distancing and be productive AF.

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