Full Daily Routine (High Performance Entrepreneur!)
Well for those of you that don’t know me, my name is Nelson Cuesta, I’m a 35 year old entrepreneur from the USA.
My goal with this article is to show you guys what I do in a full day, every single habit that I’ve developed throughout eight intense years, where I’ve been obsessively focused on becoming the best version of myself.
Here’s my life story summed up in a few sentences, I spent most of my youth really depressed, lost and eight years ago is when I hit the absolute lowest point in my life, it was there that I had an epiphany, a deep revelation and from that moment on, I became a different person.
Since that moment I’ve basically never stopped being obsessed with becoming the best version of myself, obsessed with walking my own path and exploring my full potential within each of my dimensions, physical, mental, expressive and occupational.
In 2013, I started my company, AgentFire and grew it from just myself in a spare room, in my parents house to over 40 employees, and we’re doing really well. In 2014, I started traveling around South America and I fell in love with Colombia, where I’ve been living for the past six years. I’ve since learned to dance Salsa, and to speak Spanish. I’m now focused on climbing the seven highest mountains in the world. Lately I’m obsessed with boxing, my first amateur match is about one month away.
I guess we should start my routine, but I want to share one more thing, which I think will give more context to everything that I do.
Right now, I’m the person I needed to have around when I was younger, I understand who I really am and what my purpose is, which is mostly, to help young people who are similar to me or who aspire to some of what I’ve accomplished, and I’m hoping to do that through my YouTube channel.
Everything I talk about, I talk about because I’ve actually experienced it and experienced all of the failure around said things, there are lots of people online and on YouTube, that talk about theory and theory makes a lot of sense, but once you take that theory into the real world it’s not the same thing. I feel that others are often blinded because they have something to sell.
So, if you feel like you’re similar to me, if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and you’re interested in developing your mental, occupational, physical and spiritual dimensions, I hope you can enjoy and benefit from this article.
Lately I’ve been waking up at around 3:00 a.m. not because I want to wake up that early, I just have problems sleeping, I chose to regard it as a good thing. They say that waking up at 3:00 a.m. is kind of a spiritual awakening and that’s how I see it, there’s something magical in the air at that time where everyone is sleeping and there’s only silence.
I wake up, I make some chamomile tea and while I drink it I write in my journal, how did the previous day go, what am I think about, how can I be better today, I write whatever I feel like it, with no particular objective in mind, I also read some of the previous journal entries. I really like doing this because it’s kind of a constant self-analysis, I think the best growth comes from consistent minor adjustments. Once I finish my tea, I close my diary and I go to my zen area to meditate.
Out of all the things I do, the most important thing is Meditation, for me, meditation is the true reality, the present, everything else is just a simulation, a videogame, I’ve been meditating for the past six years, during that time I’ve also been an avid student of Taoism, two practices that have drastically changed the way I approach life. In Taoism, there’s this analogy of the river: basically, at any point, we’re either moving “with” the river or “against” it. I’ve learned, with much trial and error, how to move with the river, even and especially during difficult times.
Everyone that observes me thinks that I’m extremely disciplined, Jesus, if only they knew how easy it is to do the things that I do, the difficult thing for me is to eat a desert, or to go clubbing and drink, that’s because I understand that now more than ever, who I am as a person and what happiness actually means to me. I can take vacations whenever I feel like it, anywhere in the world, I’d like to visit Japan, and I can go there tomorrow if I want to, but here I am, doing the same things every day, day after day, because I have a goal that I want to achieve, something that I know is my truth, a path that I understand a little bit more each day, I understand that it’ll take time, but I won’t stop, because I have faith in my path and if I die while trying to achieve it, I’ll die happy.
I’m sorry, sometimes I go really deep, let’s get back to the topic, after meditation, I go back to sleep, I always try to sleep as much as possible. I use an Oura ring to monitor my sleep; the interesting thing is, even though I only sleep for about five hours during the first block, I get about two hours of deep sleep, which is the most restorative type of sleep. I wake up again at about 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. and that’s where I really start my day.
First, I make my bed, it’s a small act that says a lot, it’s my intention to create order from chaos, after that, I take a really cold shower to fully wake up. Later, I weigh myself, I monitor lots of things every day because over time this stuff becomes hard wired and I can almost predict exactly how much weight I’ve gained or lost before I even step on the scale.
Next I heard to my living room and say wake up my puppy Ro. Ro is short for “Rorschach”, because her face looks like a Rorschach test. I’ve had her for a couple of months, the main reason I decided to get a dog was to have someone to keep me company, since my life can be pretty lonely at times, so she’s my companion, my companion that eats basically everything, especially shoes. After playing with her for a bit, I drink a glass of water for hydration and take some natural supplements.
I recently remodeled my entire apartment and one of the cooler things I did was to make everything “smart”, I added all sorts of automations that save me time and make me feel more comfortable in the place where I spend most of my time, so curtains go up or down, lights go on and off and the stars turn on after the sun sets, if you guys are interested I will make a whole video on this.
I have my boxing training at 6:30 a.m. but before training, I drink “vino sanson” with some honey, which is apparently an old boxing secret, during and after training I drink a mixture of orange juice, cranberry juice and dextrose, which helps me quickly recover faster from my intensive training. I’ve just recently immersed myself into Boxing, which is very similar to salsa, it’s an incredible way to express myself. Thanks to many years spent learning how to master my mind and body, I’m learning how to box really fast, and through lots of training, as well as having a great coach, I have the confidence to compete in my first boxing match after only two months from when I first laced up a pair of gloves.
After boxing training, I go back home and take out my food, my assistant takes care of ordering all of my food and keeping my fridge stocked and my housekeeper prepares everything, so, when I have to eat, I just put my food in a pan on low heat to warm it up while I shower, I save a lot of time this way. The base of my diet is high-quality meat and fish and then depending on how much I exercise I go adding in carbs, usually fruits, rice and fermented bread, carbs that are all easy to digest. I also give Ro some food, her teeth are really soft, so I have to add water to her food so that it won’t be as hard, before she’s about to get food is pretty much the only time when she behaves really well.
After eating, at about 8:00 a.m. or so, I head to a cafe to work, I like getting out of the house to work in the morning and have a few different cafes that I love going to, I always order a coffee but I only have a sip because I’m avoiding stimulants, I think they cause a lot of damage over time.
After a few hours, I head home and keep working there, my desk can be adjusted to work standing up, I think sitting down for long periods of time is one of the worst things we can do to our bodies, but standing isn’t that much different than sitting, which is why I use a treadmill as well. I’m working on lots of things right now, my company, my YouTube channel and other businesses. I have two key things that allow me to work efficiently. First is that I have set days and periods where I focus on specific things, on Mondays, for example, I always have the day scheduled for filming.
During a typical workday, I always focus on my business from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the rest of the day I focus on “NelsonQuest” my YouTube Channel.
While I work, I use something called the pomodoro technique basically I spent 40 minutes focused on a specific task and then I rest for 5 minutes, I repeat this over and over, after every three Pomodoros, I take a longer break, I make things fun by always trying to complete at least 10 pomodoro’s in any given day. Anyway, by working this way, focusing on specific tasks and taking lots of small breaks, I work more efficiently and avoid burnout.
In my office, I work with my two videographers, Stalin and Brian, and the most important person in my life, my assistant, Laura. She does everything, coordinates every one of my appointments, runs my entire house and my properties here in Medellín, she’s also managing my YouTube channel. I have some business ideas I’m exploring in Medellín, like opening up my own gym and Laura is taking point on all of that, I see her as like “Pepper Potts” from Ironman.
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At around 4:00 p.m. I train for a second time, this time focused on cardio, which is a huge factor in boxing, all of my training at the moment is focused on winning the match that I have coming up. When I get to the gym I always start by running a few miles to warm up, then, I do some individual rounds of abs, jump rope, and heavy-bag, where I practice my technique while keeping a regular rhythm, I do this for about four or five rounds, three minute rounds with one minute of rest and then, I finish up with some weight lifting, training fight specific movements.
When I get back home, I hit the sauna, which helps with endurance and recovery, after that it’s time for dinner. My afternoon training is less glycolytic than my morning training, so I eat fewer carbs and more fat, today’s dinner is rib-eye, eggs, with some rice and a little bit of sourdough bread that I made myself. Again, I shower while my food is warming up, eat my delicious meal and then it’s time to rest a little bit, I like to rest with video games, usually RPG’s as those sorts of games help me to drift into another world.
After that, it’s time to get back to work, I feel more creative later on in the day, and that’s why I focus on NelsonQuest, my YouTube channel, during those hours.
An hour before going to bed, I turn off every light, I make myself some chamomile tea with some honey, lemon, apple cider vinegar and I sit on the couch to listen to a fiction or history book with my little companion, who also listens to the stories as well, while chewing on her favorite toy. I’ll also put on my pneumatic compression boots during this time to massage my legs a bit and get some more recovery before the following days training.
At about 9:00 or 9:30 p.m. I go to bed, my room is always completely dark, the air conditioner is always set to 70 degrees, and I’ve even got a cooling system that sits on top of my mattress and runs cold water to keep it cold throughout the night
And then I sleep, it’s not a lot of sleep, but it’s deep sleep and at roughly 3:00 a.m. my day starts all over again.