One Year Of Discipline, Day 16: Start Your Week On A Sunday

One Year Of DisciplineI know, I know. It’s not sunday yet. The weekend has just begun!

I have, however, lately found that I have a much better start into the week if I regard the sunday as my first working day.

For me, the weekend is a great time to finish old articles and draft new ones; it’s also a time for me to plan and getting this blog going for the following week.

Since I am taking Victor Pride’s “30 Days of Discipline” program, I often get up at 5 am, 2 hours before everyone else starts his or her morning.

Combining work on the weekend and getting up before everyone else, I thought – what if I’d start the work week already on a sunday? The answer is: it feels absolutely great.

If you start the week on a sunday, you reap several benefits:

1. You get a head start on the complete week.

2. You are not running along in a schedule that somebody else invented for you.

3. It’s peaceful and quiet out there. Commuting to work? Take the empty bus. You instantly feel that you do the work because you like to do it, not because you run with the rest.

4. There is no stress. Nobody else places any demands on you.

5. You will be much more motivated on monday – because you have already started on sunday, so you carry momentum into monday.

6. You may even collect over-time payments, depending on where you work.

Of course, if you like to go out partying on the weekend, that’s fine too. You can get your needed sleep until early sunday afternoon, then still work 4 – 6 hours.

The point is getting started before monday.

Over the last 2 -3 years, I have purposefully kept my Saturdays free from any obligations.

I work in biological research, and someone has to feed the zebrafish with which we work on the weekend. I almost never did that on a saturday. Those days were for recharging and if I worked, I would take it easier on that day.

Of course… if you absolutely hate your job and you are happy for every single minute of freedom, starting on a sunday will more likely fill you with dread than great expectations. But if that is the case, maybe it is time to look for a profession hat you truly enjoy.

In any job that I had and really liked, it was always great to work on a sunday. Because this combined the feeling of an originally free and happy day with work. Work becomes something that you really enjoy doing.


Summary of Day 16

Below you will find

(a) a quick description how I fared on my main goals – losing body fat, working on my blog, installing good habits;

(b) my thoughts for the day;

(c) how the rest of the program went and whether there were any irregularities or other noteworthy points.

Day 16

Losing body fat

Body fat down to 22.2%. Good news here.

Breakfast: coffee, eggs and protein shake.

Lunch: Steak and asparagus.

Dinner: Mozzarella.

Today’s juice: V8 Juice – made yesterday, kept in the fridge. You can find the recipe here or in Juicing for Power. (*)

Calisthenics routine:

38 good form push-ups + 82 in ok form (half way down). I’m adding one good push-up every day.

120 squats in good form.

120 sit-ups in good form.

Working on my blog

Wrote on the review of Franklin’s autobiography.

If you already want to check the book out, you can click here. (*)


(a) Emotional Health: I’m slowly but surely getting out of the habit of only focusing on my work. My paradoxical observation: the more I talk to my friends and colleagues, the more I am getting done – I focus much better.

(b) Spiritual Health: I continued the Happiness Habit. What was I grateful for?

1. Keeping disciplined.
2. Enough sleep.
3. Getting results at work.

(c) Mental Health.

10 uses for the vegetable/fruit pulp after juicing.
1. Fertilizer for plants and crops.
2. Feeding pigeons.
3. Making a veggie burger.
4. Making soup.
5. Drying and using as spice.
6. Making tea.
7. Using as glue.
8. Drying and using as fire starter.
9. Pressing into paper.
10. Decoration for model train landscapes.


Thoughts for the day

What did I do well?
I finished the projects I wanted today.

What do I want to improve?
I am still a bit tired over the day.

How will I improve?
More regular sleep.

Rest of “30 Days of Discipline” went fine.

Video Summary Day 16


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