If you ready the title as “Jason Rules”, then thanks.
I have something different to share with you today. After watching Craig Ballantyne’s video on the rules he lives by, it inspired me. As you may or may not know, Craig is a huge influence on me. It started with business and now it has rolled over to things like life and time management.
Everyone needs to share their rules they live by. Heck, everyone needs to know their rules. Like everyone, people always ask me why I’m good at certain things: it’s because I’m dedicated and have rules to live by. Some are funny. Some are serious. Some are even harsh.
I will wake up and go to bed at the same time as my girlfriend whenever possible
Here’s the deal. I work at home so my schedule is flexible. My girlfriend, Cassie, works at an architecture firm and has strict working hours. If I wake up with her and go to bed at the same time I get to see her in the morning and chill with her in the night. It makes living together awesome.
I love “To Do Lists”. They rule. Everything I need to do for the day is scheduled. This saves me tons of time and stress. Write it down. Forget it. Do it when it says. The tools I use are Google Calendar and TeuxDeux.com. Use Google Calendar for appointments and TeuxDeux for general things.
Water my Basil Plant Every Morning
My last basil plant died horribly. I’m not letting this one die. So far so good.
Brush My Teeth Twice a Day and Floss Once
This is a new rule, but it’s a good one. Finally, after 23 years, I floss my teeth. Better late than never. I’m drastically trying to reduce inflammation in my life because I think it’s the key to living longer and not getting sick. Flossing and brushing help this. On a side note, I’ve never had a cavity *BRAG*.
Only Eat Out When It’s Planned (Cheat Meals)
I love food, but I also love being healthy. If I’m going to a restaurant, it’s not spur of the moment. Because of this, I cook 99% of the food that goes into my mouth. This way, I know I am eating good quality healthy food, and still enjoy awesome cheat meals.
Eat Sauerkraut Before Every Meal
Sauerkraut is an awesome natural probiotic. Since I’ve been doing this, I’ve felt amazing.
Buy Food Local Whenever Possible
Besides supporting local farmers, I know that I am always getting great quality foods. Currently, I get 35lbs of grass fed meat delivered to my door each month. I also hit up the farmer’s markets for vegetables. Good food = great health.
I Always Have My Workouts Printed
Printing your workouts on paper and writing down the weights used and reps used are the fastest way to progress. Screw memorizing workouts and what weight I have been using. Writing it down is the way to go.
Take My Supplements Everyday
It’s a healthy habit to have. A lot of people say they try supplements and nothing happens. There are 2 reasons why: 1) Your diet already sucks. 2)You aren’t taking them regularly. By following these rules, you will know if a supplement is working.
Get Published Somewhere Each Month
By getting my writing published, I am getting the good word out there. It’s also great for me business, as I am adding value to other people’s lives and bringing them into my circle.
No Matter What Goal, Always Try to Get Stronger
The easiest way to make progress is to lift 1 more rep or 5 more pounds.
Get at Least 8 Hours of Sleep Each Night
This has been my rule since I was 14, and I’ve only broken it a handful of times. Every time I broke it, I felt like shit. Sleep helps you feel awesome and look awesome. It doesn’t take a research paper to tell you this. Sleep more.
Every Time I See Myself Topless in a Mirror, Flex
I’ve done this my whole life and most people would be lying if they told you they didn’t do it. Now, I see some benefits to doing this. It’s a great way to both be happy with what you see, but to also visualize how you can improve your physique. Don’t be vain.
Don’t Talk Politics With People
It’s a great way to lose friends and piss people off.
When Someone Compliments Me, Take Gratitude, but add a Cute Joke
I will always say “Thank you”, but add something funny like, “oh you cut that out”.
Don’t Argue With Someone on Something They Feel Strongly About
Since I hate confrontation, this is a great rule. Think about it, there’s a reason why people feel strongly about something in the first place. I might as well listen because I can either learn from them, or at least give them a fair chance by hearing their side of the story. I have been wrong before.
Basic Exercises Are the Backbone of my Workouts
I will always have basic exercises such as squats, deadlifts, single leg work, pushes, pulls, and carries as the backbone of my workouts. It’s worked great so far for not only me, but everyone I know.
When I Go to the Movies, I Will Always Try to Sit in the Center
Not only do I like to see the screen in the perfect position, but I also like to be equal distances from all speakers. I love movies.
Mundane Tasks are to be Batched
Here’s a great way to save time. When I do laundry, I save it up and do it all once per week. When I go grocery shopping, I do it twice per week, Saturdays and Wednesdays (the days the farmer’s markets are open). When I write articles, I do them the first week of every month. Do everything together and it’ll save you tons of time.
Get Sun Everyday
Having your skin heated by the sun is an awesome feeling.
Barely Drink Alcohol
Whenever I drink, I have crazy DOMS the next day (assuming I worked out), and have poor digestion. Because of this, I barely drink alcohol. Good thing I got this out of my system in first year university.
Turn My Phone Off When I’m Working
Nothing is as distracting as getting texts or phone calls while I’m doing important things. Here’s the deal: the faster I get work done, the more free time I’ll have for myself. When I’m on my deathbed, I could have all the money in the world, but there’s one thing I won’t have, and it’s time. Save it.
Leave My Phone at Home When I’m on a Date
When I go out with my girlfriend, I barely ever take my phone. I barely get to see her throughout the week. Why would I waste my time with her texting other people? On a side note, I take my phone on dates where there’s a lot of people and I might lose her.
I Will Wear Only My Underwear When I’m Home Alone
Pretty self explanatory.
Now, what I’d like from you is to share your number one rule that you live by. It can be hilarious, serious, dirty, or downright disgusting. I don’t care; it’s your rule.
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