Hanging around the NRx crowd has put me in contact with far more (and more serious) traditionalists than I would probably ever have encountered otherwise. Further, I read intellectual traditionalists, who are much more interesting than the “Well, 60 years ago we prayed in school and didn’t have so many shootings so maybe we just need more Jesus in our schools and everything would be better” crowd.
One of the ironies associated with this is, despite containing some of the least “multicultural” and most Euro/Anglo-centric writers out there, NRx has also pushed me to seriously consider the merits of traditional cultures.
The one thing in particular I keep coming back to is the appreciation for humans as animals who have to survive in a physical environment, just like any other animal. We wake up with the sun, because we need light to see. We go to bed with the sunset, because we can’t see any more. The rest of our day fits into this cycle. Our metabolisms, mood, psychology, etc, are also set to this cycle.
Starting at the beginning in this manner, the root of many modern diseases and maladies is obvious. Our highly synthetic environment isn’t making us sick solely because it is synthetic; it makes us sick because we have synthesized things alien to our nature. The traditionalist would rightly suggest a return to more natural practices; there is a comfort to be had in knowing we’ve “been there” once and could conceivably work towards that lifestyle again. In contrast, the overwhelming modern way of viewing our self-inflicted problems is to treat them as a mysterious status-quo which we Progressed into and must Progress out of, with more scientific discoveries, drugs, psychology, and so forth. Bring on the Prozac, pile on the Abilify, turn the fluorescent lights up, open up the Outlook inbox at 6 AM, and keep on Progressin’.
Which brings me to this article: “Here’s the Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day”
Here’s what a successful schedule looks like:
1. Your morning ritual
2. Important work first thing — with no distractions
3. Regroup when you slow down
4. Meetings, calls, and little things in the afternoon
5. A relaxing evening
It’s not a gimmick. It’s not unrealistic. It’s not a “4-hour workday.” It’s simply rescheduling and re-ordering things to take advantage of the fact that, psychologically, 5 AM, 9 AM, noon, etc, are all very different, despite the incidental fact that they all occupy the same amount of space on an hourly calendar. It is an appreciation of a basic thing in an increasingly complicated world.