At night, I sit in my kitchen with a cup of herbal tea and work on my goals. In the past year, I found a new job which no longer had a free gym to workout in during lunch. Working out is one of my main anchors. He helps ground me and keeps me sane. I decided I’d have to commit to working out in the morning before work which is something I had failed to achieve consistency multiple times.
I’m happy to say that this experiment of working out in the morning has been going surprisingly well. I haven’t missed a workout since I started this new plan on January 2nd. Though I did have to change almost every other part of my morning routine. I’ve found that I don’t really have much time for anything else in the morning if I hope to complete a solid workout before I have to leave for work.
The other anchor in my life is writing. For the past few months, I’ve struggled to find the consistency of completing my morning pages before my workout. Today, I’ve decided I’m going to quit trying to pack too much in my mornings. I’m going to solely focus on getting my workout complete and getting to work at a reasonable time. Instead of morning pages, I’m going to use nightly pages as the first step in my nightly routine before I write my nightly blog post.
During the past few weeks, my nightly work sessions have really helped me to accomplish much more work than if I was still trying to pack everything into my morning. I’m watching a little less TV but I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing much. My typical nightly routine is to get to work after my kids go to bed which is around 8:30 and then work on my goals until 11 or 12. By completing the habit, I’m able to get between 12 1/2 to 17 1/2 hours of work accomplished each week, which is over double the amount of work I was accomplishing.
Find your quiet place to work at night. You might get much more accomplished than you thought possible.