Let me begin with a qualification: If every day went like this, I’d have it made. As is, I’m trying to do this every day, and I’m getting better at it as time goes along.
Wake up. Make a strong cup of English Breakfast Tea with a large helping of honey (excellent stuff, honey). Jump in the shower. When you’re in the shower, you should have a pen and sticky notes at hand (where they won’t get too wet). You’ll have great ideas in the shower, and if they’re not written down, they’ll disappear. You can start the shower as hot as you like, but you have to constantly edge the temperature down a little bit at a time, until you’re done and you’re shivering. Cold showers are good for you, but diving straight into one isn’t pleasant.
Get dressed and pack everything you’re going to need today. Don’t stay at home, because home will tempt you to get nothing done and the internet’s not as fast. When you load up: Wallet, Moleskine (they’re not as wonderous as everyone says, but they get the job done. When it’s full, I’m switching back to the Target knockoffs), Pens (once you use a Pilot V5, there’s no going back), pen knife (every gentleman should carry a pocket knife, as the Art of Manliness has noted), iPod and earphones, phone, laptop, external hard drive, library books that are due, chargers and cables, and the folder of notes and novel bits.
At the library, return a few books and renew a few (the few I’m holding on to: Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Black Swan). Set up the laptop and round out your resume in LaTeX (it looks nice and keeps you from admitting that learning LaTeX might have been a waste of time). Send resume, putting an end to a long space of procrastination.
In a similar vein, finish that application so that you can tell your dad you looked into getting a job. If you get it, great. If not, you’ve got plenty else to work on.
Work for 15 minutes converting writing on paper to text files.
Interview on phone for 15 minutes.
5 minutes shaking head at some of the inane and disjointed things said while being interviewed.
30 minutes reading textbooks/ fiddling with code in Python.
Switch to working on novel.
Research open source prediction market software.
Note you’re getting distracted. Go home to hammock.
Miscellaneous house chores. Read some Predictably Irrational.
Go eat Mexican, drink lots of sweet tea. Set up the Kindle app on your Droid. Download Infinite Jest.
Send younger brother an email of a selection of xkcd, hoping he’ll make something of himself.
Succeed in hooking brother on xkcd.
Drink a ton of juice before going to sleep, because it leads to a lot of really strange dreams.