Lessons from my time on board Navy SEALs submarines. April 22, 2020 6 min read

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Navy SEALs typically trust an impressive set of undersea cars to get their jobs done. What I’m referring to are specifically transformed nuclear submarines with innovative diving chambers, plus classified combat-ready mini submersibles also called SDVs (or SEAL Shipment Automobiles).

Since two of three squads I commanded were SDV-based, I understand a lot about these automobiles. We SEALs spent an inordinate amount of time onboard Navy submarines all over the world. However as “visitors” of these submarines, we were confined to simply a few small areas of these remarkable crafts.

Like everybody our current state of quarantine, we SEALs chose to send to minimal conditions for the greater good. Our shelter-in-place space was restricted to a couple of cramped quarters. Yet the lessons I found out there– while costs as numerous as 50 days at a time on a submarine — are important. Let me share them with you here so you can use your quarantine time to your benefit as much as possible.

The lessons fall easily into the acronym R.E.M.O.T.E. I assure that if you begin putting R.E.M.O.T.E. into action, you will transform your quarantine experience. You might even change your entire future like I did, since the time I spent restricted on Navy submarines led me to invent more than 40 physical fitness items such as the best-selling Perfect Pushup and Perfect Ab Carver. It also motivated me to compose 2 books: Be Unstoppable– The 8 Essentials Actions to Succeed at Anything, and Unstoppable Teams– The 4 Essentials Actions of High-Performance Management. Let me break down the very first and most important essential action to take with R.E.M.O.T.E. so you can see what I mean.


How to Conquer Burnout Without a Netflix Marathon R is for Routine, Routine,

Regular! Sailors know this firsthand. Whether you are living above or below the water, regimen is an outright must. It provides you purpose, keeps you focused and reminds you of persistent jobs you can eagerly anticipate. Routine brings some certainty to uncertain situations.

Residing in confined quarters at sea is, obviously, really various than living in quarantine today. I take place to be sequestered with my household of 6 (4 teenage kids), two Labradors and one incredibly hectic spouse. We each have specific routines throughout the day. Having them, and understanding one another’s routines, creates the foundation to prospering. There are 3 regimens that I want you to plan for:

  • Sleep, eat, work out and work regular. The Navy calls this the POD, or the Strategy of the Day, and it is our daily Bible. From my days as a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy to leading SEALs all over the world, we constantly had a POD. The procedure alone of creating a POD (the night prior to) with the household is incredibly practical in getting everybody on the same page for the next day (not to discuss it gets everyone thinking about it ahead of time). Below is an is an actual POD from a recent Monday in our family. You will observe I use military or European time (I find it’s easier and provides the kids something to find out), and we have tasks areas that rotate every day for each of the 4 boys. We do basic time blocks since each boy has a various school schedule (we have kids in 3 different public schools) and work with them to make certain they are working on their own regimens (which itself is the 2nd routine).
    1. 0800-0900 Breakfast

    2. 0900-1200 Schoolwork

    3. 1200-1300 Lunch/break

    4. 1300-1500 Schoolwork/Home economics

    5. 1500-1600 Workout

    6. 1600-1800 Free Time

    7. 1800-1930 Dinner/Clean-up

    8. 1930-2130 Movies/Games/Reading

    9. TASKS:

      1. Dishes/unloading dishwashers ________

      2. Poop Patrol _________

      3. Stroll pet dogs __________

      4. Garbage ___________

  • The second regimen is your own work schedule and specifically planning what you require to get done during certain blocks of time. I utilize 3×5 cards together with my calendar to track to-do lists and conferences. The factor I like utilizing note cards is that it does not provide me a prospective distraction the moment I take a look at either my phone or computer system. Often, I discover myself getting sidetracked the minute I get my phone. I also find it satisfying manually checking off a task versus doing it electronically, but that is me. The point is to produce your own work regular within the family regular and then communicate it to the family.

  • The last routine is your internal routine, or your self-control that keeps you going day after day, despite what the world throws at you. The internal routine is about keeping you on track. What I’m sharing with you might sound basic, however it is essential to keep all these micro routines we typically have without quarantine. If you start to slack on your micro practices you will begin providing yourself “permission” to slack off in other locations.

Here are a couple of actions that fall into the above categories that are specifically essential to stay up to date with”

  1. Sleep. Be consistent when you go to sleep and awaken.
  2. Shower/shave/prep. Do the very same routine you would normally do for work.
  3. Clothes. Wear the same requirement of clothes for your business casual days as you would for work. It interacts to your household that you’re now in a work state of mind. And become “play” clothing when your day is ended up.
  4. Space. Turn your work area. Keep your computer in the same place, however provide yourself a break from it when you need to read a report. Or get creative and discover another space so that when you return to your computer system you’re re-charged.

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These three regimens, and their matching tasks, will assist you flourish while living in close quarters with your family. It will take a little getting utilized at first, but in brief order you will discover family members appreciating the structure to their day, which will make them and you much more efficient. Let me know how it goes, and remain tuned, as I’ll be sharing the remaining lessons of R.E.M.O.T.E. in the coming weeks.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.