MARK WAHLBERG ACCIDENTALLY revealed himself to be one of Leo Varadkar’s early risers this week.
In a Instagram Q&A session, the actor revealed to his fans that he gets up at 2:30am every day, and goes to bed at 7:30pm.
He fills his day with two workouts – one in the morning, one in the evening – “cryo chamber recovery”, golf and prayers.
It prompts a number of questions, such as:
- What’s he doing spending an hour and a half in the shower for after his first workout?
- Does it really take him half an hour to eat a snack?
- Does it really take him the same amount of time to eat a snack as it does to play golf?
- What kind of golf is he playing? Crazy golf?
Anyway, you’re probably feeling bad about yourself for not being as productive as Mark, right? Understandable – by the looks of that quick post he’s done up on Instagram Stories, he seems to have really ticked every box, and is still alive.
It’s important to address the elephant in the room though – while you may have the same 24 hours as Mark Wahlberg, you do not share the same privilege. Celebrities have enormous amounts of money at their disposal which tends to help when it comes this type of military-grade scheduling.
Let’s consider that Mark probably has all of his meals pre-made for him, as well as all his grocery shopping done before that. It’s also clear this is his schedule when he’s not on a shoot, so can you really compare yourself to someone who works for maybe three hours a day?
(Also, nobody needs to workout twice a day unless they a) want to or b) their job involves fighting large machines on camera. That’s worth bearing in mind the next time you chastise yourself for skipping the gym.)
“He’s going to bed early and getting up early though! That’s what all the experts say you should do!”
Fair, but let’s break that down too. Hypothetically, Mark is probably asleep by 8pm. Waking up at 2:30am gives him six and a half hours kip. The recommended amount of sleep for Mark’s age bracket is seven to nine hours.
You may notice as well that Mark’s schedule doesn’t really account for anything recreation-wise, (though I’m sure, at this point, Mark considers working out to be an absolute hoolie.)
“Ok, well, anyway, it’s inspired me to try and make the most of my day and make a change!”
Good for you! What’s stopping you? Bear in mind though, if you’re currently well acquainted with your snooze button, you’re likely to commit to a drastic, sudden change in routine. Try getting to bed and getting up half an hour earlier to start – it allows for an easier adjustment period.
But what are we really looking at here when we look at Mark’s jam-packed schedule? We’re looking at an idea. No one has glamourised the concept of being busy more than this generation has. And you know what it’s led to? Increased burnout and stressed. As Isiah Hankel said in his book ‘The Science of Intelligent Achievement’:
No one ever sat on their deathbed wishing they had been busier. No one ever came to the end of their days begging for more time to do things that didn’t matter. The only way to live a happy and successful life is to stop being busy and start being selective.”
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