Structure during High-Stress Periods

Note to future self…

In the last couple of months I’ve realized how important structure is to make sure that you stay on track with your goals. For the first ~3-4 months of the year I followed a well-defined schedule where I would only do a handful of activities (e.g. reading, writing, meditating, exercising, and building a company).

In the last couple of months, a lot of things (mostly good) have happened and I’ve lost my way in terms of my routine and habits that I follow. I thought I had my habits down (e.g. wake up early, exercise in the afternoon, etc.) but what I’ve realized is that you have to constantly work on your habits especially when you’re in a high-stress situation.

High-stress situations make it hard to process what’s going on so we fall back on our old ways and whatever is the most convenient.


As I’ve written 1000 times before to myself, consistency is the name of game. If you can consistently make progress towards your goal, you will win. This consistency is actually a lot more valuable than we might initially think because it helps us build momentum and avoid false starts.

Now back to work…