Due to traveling almost 50% of the year it is so hard for me to get into a solid and consistent routine. It’s easy to feel like I am on vacation even though it might be for work, or for a different purpose. I say to myself “I will be able to get back into routine when I am home” even though I know deep down that I will be home for a week until I have to leave again. So I eat out at restaurants, sleep in, and go to bed late.
Recently, I made a commitment with Michael to wake up each day at 7am (he wakes up at 6am). I realized that this is one thing I can control no matter where I am, and one change that I know I can make. After a couple of weeks being consistent and actually following through I see how this is the best decision I could have made for my focus, productivity, and over all mood.
Have you ever started you day knowing you have 15 minutes to get showered and dressed, then maybe 10 minutes to make breakfast that you will have to eat on the go, just to get to work right on time? Then you get to work flustered from the rush, frustrated, and it takes you 30 minutes to get your focus together and start working which may in turn force you to stay 30 minutes later than you should. That feeling is best described as trying to catch up with a day that has already started. I have been there – for years. I know how tempting it is to hit the snooze button when you technically don’t need to be up for another hour. I even used to revel in how amazing that 45 minutes of extra sleep felt.
In the book “The Perfect Day Formula” – Craig Ballantyne, he says something along the lines of “Do you really want the first decision you make in your day to be hitting snooze? What does that say about how the day will go?” and this really resonated with me. Sure, it is hard to get out of bed but once you’re up you are ahead of the day! You can casually get dressed, take a shower, put on a pot of coffee and sit down to relax and enjoy your morning ritual. This is an opportunity for you to do the things you “don’t have time for” whether it be reading, writing, art, or brainstorming a side project.
For me this has been a game changer. I wake up, get dressed, sit to read or draw, and sip on coffee while I wait for breakfast to be ready. Once it is time to start working I am relaxed, and feel like I am ahead of the day. There is no longer a 30 minute “get focused” period of time, I can get right into it and in most cases I will finish early!
If you can’t imagine getting up at 6 or 7am try just getting up 15 minutes earlier than you normally do. Do this for 7 days straight and see how it makes you feel.
Let me know how it goes!