3-pillar approach to get your head back in the game.

Rialto beach at Olympic National Park.

I just came back from a trip to the pacific northwest, after being cooped up in our home during the pandemic.

It was hard to get started. It was difficult to find the motivation. Everything felt less fun & interesting. Time was moving like a thick viscous liquid.

The inertia was setting in strong. Like in physics, I needed enough motivational force to get me rolling into action.

I used the structure of the following 3 pillars to get my head back right.

The 3 Pillars

  1. Routines, or getting back into daily routines
  2. Consumption, or consuming things
  3. Production, or producing things

Also, to guide myself, I kept the following angles or dimensions in perspective.

  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Purpose
  • Character, soul, atman or similar
  • Work
  • Life

Routines

This is the structural part for the day. These are the daily routines that one is used to.

Illustration on doing meditation.
Yoga, meditation and mindfulness is a center piece of my daily routine.

For me, this included the following at a high level.

  • Daily wellness routines with my wife, son and puppy.
  • Things that run the household around finances and supplies.
  • Meditation and journaling on my goals and priorities.

Some of the more specific activities that help me through my routines include the following.

  • Yoga with son.
  • Running/Walking with the 3.
  • Meditation.
  • Watching things on the screen, with the humans.
  • All wellness activities with our dog, Percy.
  • Planning the day with journaling.

I'll save my complete morning routine for another post.

These routines set the right windows to help with the consumption and production.


Consumption

To produce well, you need to consume well. With anything, everything needs to be in moderation.

As an aspiring polymath, I need to learn and synthesize wide ranging knowledge and interests, anyway... 😉

You are what you eat!
Illustration of person reading a book.
Reading, listening to books and watching You-tubers and favorite streaming content.

I need inspiration for aspirational actions. So, I did the following activities.

Consumed my favorite content through books, videos, and newsletters.

Got back into my books on audible. Notable ones were in the parenting and travel genres.

Got back to re-reading a classic book on work and creator life called "Show Your Work!" by Austin Kleon.

Show your work book by Austin Kleon.
Show your work book by Austin Kleon.

There are some fantastic You-tubers in the realm of creative, technology, adventure, travel genres that I enjoy. Got back to watching them for inspiration.

Streaming media channels don't keep idle when you travel! So got to catch up on some shows including the one I am most excited about, Masters of the Universe.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation | Netflix Official Site
After a calamitous battle fractures Eternia, Teela and an unlikely alliance must prevent the end of the Universe in this sequel to the ’80s classic.

Gained new technical knowledge.

I use EggHead for keeping my technical knowledge sharp and stay on the frontier of my domain in Design Engineering or Front-End Engineering. I am refreshing my React knowledge for some impending work.

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Production

As a believer in the learn-do-teach-repeat loop, creation is as important as consumption. Being a creator of tangible value, it was important to get small wins by rolling into action. This helped focus and center my mind.

Illustration of person working at their desk with books and computer.
Producing or creating things for work and life.

On the work side

I focused on the day job constants that produce immediate and tangible values for the assets we build, with the following actions.

  • Code reviews
  • Release management
  • Developer communications
  • Community support
  • Syncing with individual team members
  • Reviewing work tickets

On the personal side

I got inspired by Doctor and You-tuber Ali Abdaal. I've noticed his work on and off. However, this time seemed to be the ripe-applicable time that galvanized me into action.

Ali Abdaal
I’m Ali. I’m a doctor, YouTuber and podcaster. On this site we explore the strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier, more productive lives.

I jumped into action, spending time in the nights and mornings to start building and roadmapping for RoverHead's website and blog. This is a long term personal investment and commitment to share my work with the world and build my brand. My hope is to trigger the Forces of the Universe to help enable me to lift-up myself, individuals, teams, enterprises and everyone I touch.

I believe in financial investments, along with personal development investments. I spent time to check-in on my financial platforms, tweak, and noted down future opportunities for action.


In summary, using these 3 pillars I was able to get my head back in the game stronger than ever before, across the dimensions of health, wealth, purpose, character, soul, atman or similar, work and life.

Best!

Srini @ RoverHead

Thirumalaa Srinivas

Thirumalaa Srinivas