Nightly Routine

I’ve written about my morning and nightly routine’s a little more than I probably should. For a few years, I’ve been trying to wake up early and start my morning routine around 5 am so I could write for about an hour. My problem with the morning routine is I haven’t been able to complete enough in the morning.

I recently read Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, “Crush It!,” and I’ve been consuming a lot of his content lately. I need to focus more time on my goals, on the hustle, and waking up earlier than 5AM is not  an option. I’ve tried to force the waking up early goal into my routine but it hasn’t been working out because I’m not getting enough sleep at night.  I’d like to go to bed earlier but I don’t have much of a choice with two little kids that don’t go to sleep until 9 or 9:45PM.  After I get ready for bed, it’s already anywhere between 10:30 to 11PM by the time I get into bed.  If I want to get two hours of work in the morning, I could wake up at 4:30AM and work until 6:30AM.  I’ve found that it’s incredibly difficult for me to get only six hours of sleep and wakeup at 4:30AM. What usually happens in that situation is I end of hitting the snooze button and fall back asleep at until 6AM which results in nothing accomplished.  That’s why I’ve been searching for an easier option than waking up at the crack of dawn.

It’s much easier to start working after the kids go to bed at night and work for about two hours until midnight.  That way I can wake up, go directly in the shower, get dressed, eat some breakfast, and head to work.  I’ve been using the new late-night approach for the past week and it seems to be going pretty well. My typical plan each night is to write for no more than a half an hour to generate Hemingway’s writing rule of 500-1000 words a day. After completing my writing goal, I’ll move on to my main goal of paying off all of our family’s debt. After spending an hour thinking and writing about my main goal, I’ll try to complete any pressing matters or leftover Top 3 matters.  My last item of the night is to complete any of my Summer of Data Science (#DoDS) goals that I wasn’t able to complete earlier in the day.

My plan is to try out this routine for one month and then report back what I accomplished, how I liked it, and what I need to improve.