It’s 5:05 am. I’ve been up since 4:45 am: putting on my workout clothes, popping in my contacts, taking our dog out, feeding our dog, pouring a bowl of cereal, and getting settled in front of my MacBook Pro.
“Why?!?” many of you may ask. Well, let me tell you…
For several weeks (months?) I’ve had a really hard time getting out of bed. I’ve woken up without an alarm and stayed in bed dreading the day ahead. Not because there’s anything to dread, but because my mind plays tricks on me.
I’ll lie there thinking about how much I really don’t want to go down to the basement and run when the weather is amazing (the treadmill is best for my knees), being annoyed by the fact that I have to take my dog out (even though I’m volunteering to do it this summer so my daughter can sleep in), being even more annoyed by the fact that I have to work most of the summer when the rest of my family is off (my husband is writing a book, so not really off, but still…), and thinking about all the things I would like to do, but probably won’t have time for.
Instead of just getting up and getting started on my day. Not especially healthy…
At the same time, I’ve become increasingly stressed that I’m not spending enough time on my book project (a few hours on Saturdays really doesn’t cut it). So I decided to go back to a variation of my early morning productivity routine: get up at 4:45 am, be at the computer by 5 am, work on my book for an hour, move my body for an hour, and still have time to get ready and make it to the office by 8 am.
It worked. I’ve been flying out of bed every morning this week, eager to get to my book project. And it only took two days for me to wake up on my own (I so prefer that to waking up to the beep beep beep of an alarm). Yes, I have to go to bed earlier, but it’s a good tradeoff.
Key things to remember to ensure that your morning productivity time is actually productive:
- Establish an efficient morning routine.
- Don’t check email.
- Don’t even think about checking Facebook.
- Focus 100% on the task at hand.
- Work on something exciting.
Back to my book…