In order to create a blog it must contain “information”, and I wasn’t finding enough uninterrupted time during the evenings.
I’ve been getting up at 5:00 AM for years and I’ve learned that there isn’t anything competing with my time at that hour 🙂
AND most days I was already waking up at 4:00 AM and I just found myself laying there playing a version of a “human rotisserie”
turning over, and over. So I’ve decided to put this early morning time to better use. Here are some things I have learned so far:
-The consistent, uninterrupted time has helped me be much more consistent.
Momentum is a major factor in anything, but especially in writing. If I try to dabble in writing it just doesn’t work.
I have to be doing something very consistent every day or things slow down and eventually stop. I used to believe that I could write only when I felt inspired and motivated to write.
The problem is, I NEVER feel inspired to write at 3:30 AM. Then again I never felt inspired to write in the evenings either…I was “too tired”. Writing is something you just have to do.
And once you start writing, ideas begin to flow, momentum begins to build and soon the words are flowing freely.
Writing is definitely a “skill” to be learned. And I’m not talking about writing “grammatically” correct. It’s more about discovering your “voice”.
Meaning a way of expressing yourself that feels natural…that feels conversational. I have’t gotten to that yet. But I think after 50,000 or 75,000 words or so I’ll get there.
I’ve been focused on writing at least 1000 words per day, so I have a long way more to go. But anything worth doing is going to take effort.
Also, writing is more satisfying than I believed it could be. I guess it’s because in high school and college I was writing things I HAD to write.
When you are writing things you WANT to share, it’s much more enjoyable.
-Once you get going, your body and mind adjust to the early hour.
The first several mornings I woke up at 3:30 AM it was pure murder. It seriously felt as if I were a dead man walking.
It actually wasn’t that bad in the mornings after about 10 minutes or so, but it was SO rough in the afternoons. My mind felt foggy and everything in my body was screaming for sleep.
So I would take a 15 minute power nap in my truck during lunch time. And now I don’t even feel tired. I think that your body adjusts to things after 30 days or so.
I’ve learned that I am more capable of accomplishing things than I thought. I have a very busy life right now with a full time job during the day, and several website clients that I serve.
I have a family with 4 daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson. I also dedicate at least 15 hours per week in my church work. Tracy and I run 4 mornings each week for 90 minutes. We purchased a 4-Plex rental/investment
property, so we have that business that is taking off now (more on this in another post). There are so many demands on time, but as you put pressure in the hose you find out where the leaks are
and you fix them. It requires that I focus, and that I don’t waste time. I delegate work that my virtual assistant can do, and I wake up at 3:30 in the morning 🙂
-I’m MORE productive for the remainder of the day.
Its like running first thing and making that investment–I’m not going to go eat a 1500 calorie lunch when I worked my rear off to burn off 700 that morning at the crack of dawn. When Tracy and I started
running together in the mornings over 12 years ago, there were many interesting side effects that I didn’t anticipate. I thought most of the benefit
of running was the calorie burn. But what I found was that it changed my eating habits significantly. It just didn’t make sense to wake up well before
the birds and worms, and then go drink a sugary 32 ounce, 300 calorie drink at lunch. The whole time my mind is saying: “Hey dude, you just drank down about 3.5 miles
of leg-pounding, back-jarring, face-freezing (Utah winter winds), time this morning just so you could blow it all drinking this stupid drink”.
It’s the same thing now with my early wake up. There is something about putting in a significant investment in time and effort
first thing in the morning. The rest of the day I find myself thinking…”I just wasted 20 minutes, that’s 20 minutes I could have spent sleeping this morning. Quit goofing off and get to work!”.
I also find myself being more protective of my time. I’m more intolerant of the “time vampires” that come around during the day and want to discuss a strange rash that appeared on their neck.
As fascinating as that can be I’m thinking: “er, I woke up this morning and pushed myself to write 1000 words, and endured through mind crushing sleepy episodes just so I can learn about your neck rash”.
So waking up early has some interesting effects on time management. Mostly positive. Although as I re-read this section there is the possibility that it’s just making me more grumpy in certain ways 🙂
-Staying on a regular sleep schedule is much easier. Mostly because I pass out at 9:30 pm 🙂
Yeah, when it’s beddy-bye-bye time I’m out in about 25 seconds. This is actually a nice by product of the early wake up. I should say extra early morning wake up, because I’ve been getting up at 5:00 Am for 12-15 years.
But I would still end up fighting to fall asleep before 11:00 PM. But now it’s pretty much immediate.
-In order to live like no one else lives, you have to do what no one else is willing to do.
I have a goal that in 5 years I want to be completely financially free and dedicating my time 100% to causes and contributions that are the most meaningful and energizing to me.
There is no way to accomplish that goal if I’m not willing to do things differently than “everyone else”. When people say, “Dude, why would you purchase a 4-plex fixer-upper and spend your weekends
rehabbing it when you could spend that on a timeshare”. Cuz I don’t want to always be in a position where outside forces control my life.
I’m going to keep doing it until I find something else that is more effective. But for now I’m finding the 3:30 AM wake up has more positives than negatives.
How about you? Are you achieving your dreams? Do you have a plan in place to do so? If not, consider pulling your face off the mattress a bit earlier and share your experience. 🙂
Make it a blessed day.