Quote of the Day:
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”
– Chinese Proverb
This weekend, I saw the above Instagram video of The Rock lifting weights and in the description he talked about his 2016 filming schedule. He’s booked for 12 months. He needs to wake up at 4 am everyday to get everything accomplished, plus his daily workouts, so he continues to look like The Rock.
That picture made me think about what I’m doing with my time. I need to get a better handle on my hours, especially, my morning and evening routines so I can accomplish everything I need to get done. That’s why my one month goal is to build the habit of waking up everyday at four in the morning, even on the weekends when I feel like I don’t accomplish much of anything. Waking up early on the weekend is important because after my kids wake up my day are usually consumed by them and housework. This is great but if I want to accomplish any other type of work then those early morning hours are the only time I’ll have to concentrate. It would allow me to complete some work and fit in a workout before my kids wake up. During the week, it would give me enough time to accomplish the majority of my goals before going to work.
This will be a gradual habit I’ll build on during the month of February and into March. Each week, I’ll want to increase my wake up time by fifteen minutes. This week my goal is to wake up each day right at five in the morning and cut out a bad habit of waking up at five but then mindlessly scrolling through social media for a half hour. That’s a half hour I could have spent writing, coding, completing my other goals, or getting started with the rest of my day.
To start waking up at four in the morning, I’ll need to correct my nightly routine so I can get at least seven hours of sleep. Most nights I try to clean the kitchen, pick most of my kids toys, and prep the coffee before bed. Some days I get to this but most nights I do not. This week I want to make it a point to complete those things and get into bed by ten o’clock. I don’t have to necessarily go to sleep but I want to turn off all my electronics, update my Pick Four notebook, write in my log book and then read a book until I fall asleep.
I won’t hit my goal of waking up at four in the morning by the end of February. The week of February 29th, I’ll begin my first day of waking up at four-fifteen, but I’ll be on my way to waking up at four in the first full week of March. Then I’ll have the time necessary to complete more than most people do by nine o’clock in the morning.