My Routine And How I Avoid Burnouts

Yesterday, the topic burnout came up with someone. And he highlighted that from the outside, it might look I am working 24/7, being some kind of robot behind a screen.

Granted, 2023 was a bit of a special year but here’s what my usual day looks like in 2024 is a new level of speed. The routine stays more or less the same.

Monday To Friday

Mornings waking up between 5–7AM with a following structure:

  • Financial News
  • Day Trading & Equity Markets (primarily setup)
  • Breakfast – 30 mins
  • Sit Rep Team on SaaS on Monday.com
  • Sit Rep Team on Media (niche blogs) on Monday.com
  • Plug / Stop Mistakes made if needed by the team
  • LaunchPad Calls Morning (if any)
  • Online Poker Session 1 Hour (usually PLO)
  • 10 mins workout at home
  • Lunch – 1- 2 hours + Break
  • Blogging
  • Day Trading + Opening London
  • Email check
  • LaunchPad Calls Afternoon
  • Operations – any business that requires attention
  • E-commerce – Daily Ops and Sit Rep + Order processing
  • Update Personal Assistant
  • 10 Mins workout at home
  • Dinner 1-2 hours + Break
  • Calls, if any
  • Daily Ops – Checklist
  • 18 mins rule quick fixes and small sprints
  • Day Trading + Opening USA
  • Financial News + Equities (NOT the same as day trading)
  • Break 1 hour
  • Audit myself + checklist for the morning
  • Online Poker Session 45 mins (usually PLO)
  • 11PM-1AM Shut down (as in phasing out)
  • 10 Mins workout
  • Sleep


Weekends are different where I allocate 2 half days to go off-screen and anything else is more on half speed or currently the creative side. Wake up around 6AM-9AM Depending on the capacity or needs.


Saturdays

Wake up around 6AM-9AM Depending on the capacity or needs.

  • Financial News
  • Sit Rep Team SaaS on Monday.com
  • Sit Rep Team Media on Monday.com
  • Breakfast 30 min
  • Plug / Stop Mistakes made if needed by the team
  • Blogging or creative activities
  • Lunch + activity. Usually golf, live poker, shopping, or whatever she wants to do together
  • Dinner
  • Email check + PA sit rep
  • E-commerce Ops
  • Operations + 18 mins rule small tasks
  • Create urgent checklist for the next day
  • Phase out 11PM-1AM

Sundays


  • Financial News
  • Breakfast 30 mins
  • Equity Market Research
  • Creative Block
  • Lunch + activity: She usually finds something unless she’s going with her friends
  • Email check + PA sit rep
  • Dinner
  • Audit for the week and prepare weekly list
  • Online Poker 1 hour session
  • Craft team email for upcoming week based on Sit Reps
  • Phase out 11PM – 1AM

How I Avoid Burnouts

I did not include Private Equity or any irregular activities that are lesser predictable.

However, I built a routine where I allowed myself to work 7 days a week, but I can swap or choose NOT to work if needed with enough blocks in-between to avoid fatigue or burnout.

There was a time, I used to work non-stop without breaks, no short 5-10 mins workouts and rushed through meals like a hurricane.

A couple things that helped me avoid burnouts and still work at a high pace:


Taking a LONG Time For Lunches And Dinners

Okay, we barely make food at home and usually go to a restaurant for lunch and dinner. This helps me steer clear from a screen, spend time together and not worry about making food either.

It’s a time where I can rebalance myself and one of the mistakes in the past was to rush through food eat too much junk food and unable to keep a sharp mind for a day. Let alone the entire week.


10 Mins Workouts In-between

Yes, I planted a yoga mat in a separate room just for that. Sitting on your desk all day and no movement is hurtful.
The workout routine is meant to break patterns, take a small break off screen and keeps me healthier/focused.


Diversity

From capital markets, e-commerce and SaaS, check the niche blogs about all topics you can imagine and ending with poker.
Can say that my day is not very boring.

Add LaunchPad on top at the moment where each use case is so different.

Because of that, I feel my work is not really work anymore. It’s more of an adventure with the option to sway any direction I want.

Yes, it requires a lot more brain power or the ability to process all sorts of info but this is where the breaks, food make a great balance.

My days are usually longer than others but I spread my workload in 3 different blocks based on importance, urgency or nice-to dos.


18 Mins Rule

For a lot of things, I apply the 18 mins rule. Smaller tasks, things I want to get out of the way or learning something new.
Usually items that are not super urgent but will compound over time in efforts or growth.


If you were to multiply 18 mins times 365, you end up with over 108 hours a year.

Usually enough to learn a basic skill, build something that has no immediate impact on your framework.


Truth is: Lots of things I start follow an 18 mins rule, until I see how it gets into shape. Which I can then decide to either move it to a bigger block or keep it low-effort with a max impact.

Weekends At Half Capacity

Less predictable, but more winging it, Especially on the part where she decides on certain activities.
Yet, I try to allocate time for myself in the form of golf or live poker. But she recently started to play golf as well when she retired.

I work at half capacity allowing myself to give the brain enough rest before the week starts.
Weekends are seen for me as opportunities. Things like:

  • Quickly revising Notion from LaunchPad members
  • Add info in their space
  • Creative blocks (currently making attempts for PodBlaze and AMAs)

Most items in the weekend are less time constraint but still add to my compound growth.


Personal Assistant + Team

Whenever you have the means or able to: Delegation frees up your schedule.

There are days in the week just like my wife’s b-day when we took a plan to Japan for dinner where I just say fuck it. I am going to do ABC or XYZ today.

I can quickly delegate critical items and do only 5% if I were on a trip or decide to NOT work.


Auditing Myself

I almost audit myself every day. Reflecting on possible fuckups, leaks or actual successes.
Once i started doing that, I can plug those leaks or tinker if this is actually efficient enough long-term.

I have seen too many people NOT doing this and go full-steam ahead just to crash within a couple weeks or months.


Stack

I invest heavily in my productivity stack. Usually tied to a premium but nonetheless worth it.

Cheap can be fucking expensive and time is a commodity that puts people into burnout situations. My advice to people is that if they can move/afford to a better platform that helps them work 10% better or faster, then don’t complain about price.

On average, per year I spend about $3500 on my personal stack. (excluding team and special platforms). Which is a bargain if you factor in that:

  • I save about 10-20 hours a week doing so
  • I avoid the burnout
  • I work without headaches, but with convenience
  • Controllable and set up the way I can take off anytime I want


Close

I used to be one those that works like a maniac all day long, thinking that this is the way.
Okay, I still work all day long but… with a routine that works for me without burning myself.

Some people in FocusX have witnessed it first-hand how I go from zero to 1 with items on a pace that looks incredibly fast, but yet very stable and doable.

The difference is that I do it on my own terms. With a day that is packed with:

  • Actions
  • Processes
  • Research in different fields
  • Touching dozens of verticals
  • 1:1 calls

I found a routine that works for me. A routine where I can measure sustainability and have enough room to replace/ignore certain elements in case I feel NOT to work.

I do not have to day trade or read into capital markets. I do NOT have play poker, I do NOT have to take calls that day and I certainly do NOT want to have a burnout.