I blogged about this awhile back and I’m just here to give you an update. Waking up earlier to get some productivity work done has been one of the best things I’ve done lately. I now wake up at 4:15AM daily on week days. I don’t have to be at the gym until 6AM. I found that waking up at 4AM was too early, and waking up at 4:30AM was too late. Waking up at 4:15AM is just right for me. I’ve also found that even though I’m busy, I get my kids to bed by 7PM. My wife and I spend some quality time together until around 8:45ish and then I head to bed. Anything longer then that is just me trying to watch TV which really isn’t a worthwhile use of my time anyway. Sometimes I go to bed earlier to read some and relax, but I usually get in the bed around 9PM. I know I should get a bit more sleep, but I feel like the productivity and positivity is outweighing the 1 hour less of sleep. My morning usually goes like this:
I wake up at 4:15AM
I do my shower, shave etc, and then I go to the kitchen to eat breakfast. It’s usually something quick like a boiled egg that I prepared beforehand. Then I sit down and begin some me time. The house is quiet. I don’t check my email first thing. I sit down and read a little bit usually of my Bible. Then I meditate for around 5 mins. Then I turn on my computer and start what I think is the MOST productive part of my day. My mind is fresh, and awake. My spirit is refreshed and I am vibrant. I usually pick something really hard to do the night before. Something that I’ve been putting off, and for the next 45 minutes I knock it out. It’s always something that I didn’t realize was eating on me to get completed. It was always a nagging issue that I was putting off because I knew it would require focused time. I think the key is that I decide what I’m going to do the night before. When I get that accomplished, I feel fantastic heading into the day. I drive to the gym, coach my morning classes, then I head to the office to attack the rest of the day. Putting out fires, answering emails, paying bills etc., all of that has to be done, but not until my awesome morning. I do all of this knowing that I got accomplished something big that I needed to get done. It’s a fantastic feeling. Nobody needs an email answered at 4:15AM. Nobody is calling. The kids are sleeping. Nothing is on TV. I’m telling you it’s been a glorious shift. I suggest you try it out and let me know how it goes, but only if you get your butt to bed early enough!
Tabata 20 seconds of work 10 seconds rest of x
8 intervals of:
Rest 30 seconds
Rest 30 seconds