Whose driving?

Have you got any good study rituals that you can repeat on the regular?

Check this from the book 'The Creative Habit' by Twyla Tharp...

"I begin each day of my life with a ritual; I wake up at 5.30 am, put on my workout clothes, my leg warmers, my sweatshirts, and my hat. I walk outside my Manhattan home, hail a taxi, and tell the driver to take me to the Pumping Iron gym at 91st street and First Avenue, where I work out for two hours. The ritual is not the stretching and weight training I put my body through each morning at the gym; the ritual is the cab. The moment I tell the driver where to go I have completed the ritual."

What if in that you are the driver all along?

When I was in my final year of undergrad and had line of sight of that first finish line aka grad... this was my evening ritual...

Begin 'Ritual' = Pack my books +Eat supper + Walk to the bus station + Get on the bus

+ Head to the library + Sign in + Walk to a desk + Sit down + Open books = End of Ritual.

The moment I opened my book in the library I knew it was 'game on.' I always aimed to show up and open my books at 7pm sharp and for the next three hours from 7-10pm until closing time go for it.

The second ritual was at the end of studying...

Pack up the books + sign out + on the way reflect on what I had learnt + walk past the hall where we'd one day graduate + imagine graduating (end of ritual 2)..and then head home.

What would a version of this look like for you?

At what time of the day?

What would be the steps involved?

When would you know the ritual commenced and completed?

More consistency (on what works well for you), MORE POTENTIAL.

with ARETE,


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