A Perfect Day

Achieving perfection via Ego Engineering relies heavily on good habits, and no type of habits are more crucial to perfection than one’s day-to-day routine. While it’s very difficult (if not impossible!) to plan out a perfect future, sticking to a solid, predictable, and highly productive daily routine can provide the framework necessary for you to actualize as much of your potential as possible, which will allow your life to take on a god-like level of meaningfulness, one of the primary objectives of Ego Engineering.

This post will chart out the perfect day, as defined by the traditional 9-5 workday, and permitting a consistant 7 hours of sleep every night, for maximum productivity. In addition, the bulletproof rationale for each facet of the routine will be provided for clarification, and because it’s good to know exactly why the activities and schedule outlined is, at least in theory, perfect. (Knowledge is Power!)

You might think that the standards set by this post are impossible to meet, but if you can push yourself to read them, I can guarantee you that you will be the most amazingly extraordinary person in the world. This formula requires no money to impliment, and yet it promises such an amazing life in return. At the very least, it’s most definitely worth a try, as being able to manifest your potential as a person depends on it!

1. Get up at 5:00 in the morning

Rationale:

a. The crack of dawn occurs around 5am, so getting up consistantly at this time allows you to feel more rested, because your circadian rhythm (aka “biological clock”) will be in alignment with the natural solar/lunar light patterns.

b. It allows for the proper productivity prerequisites to be accomplished while still allowing time to get ready for your 9 o’clock work shift.

2. Work out while reading a dictionary (5-6am)

a. Do 1 pushup, read a definition. (20 reps)

b. Do 1 situp/crunch, read a definition. (20 reps)

c. Repeat until an hour is complete. You may mix up with other exercises as relevant, using proper judgement to ensure you are as productive with this time as possible.

By the end of this one hour session you should have done 1800 reps, and read 1800 definitions.

To put this into perspective, there are 225,000 definitions in the Webster’s Collegiante Dictionary. At this rate, it would take you 4 months to read the entire dictionary once, and read it 3 times per year.

Rationale:

Numerous studies on learning enhancement show that strenuous physical activity and changes in body temperature (both of which occur via exercise) are the single most effective means of achieving maximum memory retention of the materials read. The reason for this, is that physical activity and extreme temperature changes both activate the fight-or-flight sympathetic nervous system response, and the subsequent adrenaline rush does for you what aderal (which is actually amphetemine) does for ADHD patients:

a. It helps you zero in on what you’re learning

b. Ensure you maintain a steady focus, and

c. Retain everything you’ve read with an extraordinary level of acuity.

Think of all the memories of your past– the memories that stick out most in your mind. What is the one thing they all had in common? Extreme emotions, strenuous activity, big changes in your environment. These are all activators of the sympathetic nervous system, and by leveraging this neural subsystem, you will achieve maximum memory retention, and become very fit, buff, and toned in the process.

3. Read an academic book while jogging on a treadmill (6-7am)

Choose an academic book (preferably from this list of prerequisite reading materials), and read the whole thing in 1 hour, while jogging on a treadmill. Ideally, you should read the entire book in just the span of an hour while jogging.

Rationale:

a. After working out from 5-6am, you will have a spike in adrenaline flow, which will greatly enhance your ability to read and retain large amounts of data in a short time period. Jogging on a treadmill will ensure that this momentum is maintained.

b. While normally jogging for an hour might seem like a lot (especially after that workout session!), reading an academic book will take your mind off the jogging, and time will fly by faster than you think.

c. The steady rhythm of your jogging, combined with your raised blood pressure and high adrenaline levels, will launch you into a state of semi-meditation, allowing for maximum intake and retention of academic materials, especially materials that are foreign to you in their content. This is due to the above environmental factors instilling a biologically-activated hypnotic state (hypnosis is another controversial by highly effective method of the memory retention of academic materials).

4. Take a cold shower (7-7:15am)

Shave in the shower. It’s faster, and you will end up with a cleaner, razor-burn free shave.

Rationale:

a. When you work out, your body opens pores up everywhere to release the toxins caused by stress (in the form of sweat– yes, sweat is toxic!). To ensure that your body is toxin-free and your skin is smooth and acne free, taking a shower after working out is the most opportune moment to ensure maximum bodily cleanliness.

b. By taking a cold shower, the pores will reflexively close back up after words (in response to the change to a cooler temperature), thus ensuring that your cleanliness is maintained.

c. After all of that working out, you will be hot and sweaty. Taking a cold shower will not only save on heating bills (although this is definitely a plus!), but will help to rebalance your body’s equilibrium.

5. Eat breakfast (7:15-7:30am)

Rationale:

a. After working out and taking a shower, your metabolism is spiking to deal with all this extra energy expenditure, and begging for some sustainance to maintain the productivity levels you’ve now forced your body to endure.

b. By eating breakfast now, all the energy that your consume from your meal will be burned off extremely efficiently, and none will be stored.

c. Energy stored as fat is generally filled with unsecreted toxins from stress. Fat filled with toxins from stress is very difficult to burn off (as it is insoluble, and difficult for the body to use, paradoxically due to the toxins it contains), and is one of the leading causes of death, via Cardiovascular disease. It’s important to prevent this by using your energy efficiently.

6. Academic writing (7:30-8:30am)

Spend an hour doing academic writing, preferably an essay on the book that you read from 6-7am. It takes ~15 minutes to do a 2 page blog post, so you should be able to write an 8 page essay within this time frame.

Rationale:

a. Maximum retention and comprehension of materials learned requires the full spectrum of processing and applying materials.

b. The full scope of learning something includes reading, writing, talking, listening, hearing, seeing, feelings, experiencing, doing, and teaching– among many others. While writing is only one of these ways, it is versatile enough to also include reading, feeling, experiencing, and teaching, as these are all elements of academic writing.

c. The more you write, the better of a writer you become, and the more brilliant you become at the reading, writing, and comprehension of academic materialsm, over time.

7. Get ready for work (8:30-8:45am)

Brush your teeth, do your makeup (if you’re a girl), comb your hair, and (if applicable) get into your work uniform. All of this should take no longer than about 10-15 minutes.

8. Go to work (8:45-9:00am)

a. Getting to work shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.

b. If you don’t have a car, get one!

c. If you do have a car and it takes longer than that, find a job closer to home, because otherwise you’re killing your gas tank and the environment!

9. Read and finish an academic book while eating lunch

Rationale:

a. By reading an academic book during lunch, you will help keep your mind sharp, thus improving your work performance, allowing you to work more intelligently and efficiently.

b. Completing an additional academic book while eating lunch allows you to make the most effective use of your lunch hour.

c. Any socialization/etc. that would be beneficial to you, doesn’t need to be done during lunch, as it can be done during break.

10. Get home (5:00-5:15pm)

11. Eat a light dinner (5:15-5:30pm)

Rationale:

a. Eating a large dinner is a very bad idea, as after 6pm or so, your body starts winding down to prepare for sleep. Your metabolism is slowing down at this point, meaning that much of the food you eat is not going to energy, but being stored as fat (see Rationale 5c).

b. Eating large amounts of food at this hour forces your digestive system to take over much of your body’s functions to process the unexpected extra resources; this would cause you to feel sluggish, and become extremely unproductive as a result.

c. Large meals take up too much time, and that time is needed to fit the rest of the items of this agenda into the schedule.

12. Social Networking (5:30-7pm)

(If you are going out to eat with friends, you have have from 5:15-7pm for this period).

Rationale:

a. Time with friends, both in-person and online, is a very important part of maintaining your social equilibrium, as well as evaluating each other’s progress in life, so as to provide incentive and accountability for self-improvement.

b. High quality of life require development of friendships, communication, and the making and sharing of memories with friends.

13. Read a fiction novel (7-8pm)

Read an entire fiction novel in the span of an hour, or equivalent amount of poetry, short stories, etc. Use good judgement for the latter categories, to ensure high productivity.

Rationale:

a. While academic materials are best retained with an activated sympathetic nervous system and high metabolism, creative materials are better retained with an activated parasympathetic nervous system, which manages the body’s functions while at rest, and a low metabolism, which helps ensure that the state of homeostasis necessary for creative balance is maintained.

b. By reading creative materials a couple hours before going to bed, you allow your mind enough time to absorb what you’ve read before sleep. This is very important, as the unconscious mind and imagination are most creatively during sleep, as the lack of external stimuli during sleep cycles frees up most of the brain to think creatively.

14. Run some errands (8-9pm)

Rationale:

a. At the end of each day, there will always be some errands to do, and this hour gives you the time to take a breather, clean the room, take out the trash, get more groceries, and any other things that you need to get done for that day.

b. This also includes the time for brushing your teeth, and any other hygiene needs.

15. Write a creative essay (9-10pm).

Write a creative essay, ~8 pages long, preferably on the fiction novel you read in #13 (to help ensure full retention of what you’ve read).

Rationale:

a. As explained in Rationale 6b, out of every method of knowledge retention in the learning spectrum, writing is the most versatile and powerful method, so doing a lot of writing  a very good idea!

b. By doing creative writing a couple hours before going to bed, (as implied by 13b) you are giving your brain creative “food for thought”, which your brain will be making full use of during the sleep process, to enhance your ability to read, write, think, and act creatively.

16. Go to sleep! (10pm)

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About Justin Benjamin

Justin Benjamin is a prolific blogger, poet, and novelist. As a philosophy and psychology enthusiast, most of his journalism is concerned with social dynamics, reality hacking, metaphysics, positive psychology, cognitive bias, psychoanalysis, and experimental psychology. His fictional writing takes a slightly darker tone, serving as a outlet to express existential angst, suppression of freewill, melancholy, and an extreme dissatisfaction with reality.
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