The other evening I was at work, after everyone else had left, waiting for the laundry to finish. At times like those, I’m generally reading, or poking around the internet on my phone. This particular night I had followed some hazy internet path (a blog with a link here, a sidebar widget there…) and ended up watching this video on the “5am club”.
Now I normally don’t have much truck with motivational speakers, self-help books, and the like. But what this guy was saying was interesting, and I knew where he was coming from (part of the reason I don’t like those books… they’re all stuff I could figure out on my own if I thought about it for a few minutes). Basically, he recommends getting up at 5am and using that “magical” hour between 5am and 6am to prepare yourself for your day. Take that me time. Visualize… stuff. And stuff. I wasn’t so sure about that part, but the thought of that hour of thinking time/working on personal project time/quiet time sounded pretty cool.
Then I landed back in reality-land in the laundry room, because it was 10:30pm and I was still at work. And have you ever gotten home from work (at whatever time) and gone directly to bed and actually slept well? No? Didn’t really think so. I usually end up going to bed at 1am or later, and getting up at 9am makes me pat myself on the back. I need my 8+ hours, and I get home from work late, I’m not a slugabed. That’s just my schedule.
And yet, I can just imagine what I’d accomplish in that extra hour. It isn’t even about the “quiet time” before anyone else is up… I’m the only one here right now.
So, I’m trying something. I’m making myself my own “8am club”. It means going to bed a little earlier than normal. Not the worst thing in the world. I’m going to try to use that time for personal projects that get little attention during the day (I had that Etsy shop, remember that? Writing knitting patterns. Spreading the news about the podcast.)
It was about 5 days ago I watched that video. I definitely haven’t gotten up at 5am since then. I actually haven’t even managed 8am yet. I got out of bed at 830am this morning… because I knew a guy was coming to install my dishwasher at 9. So far, the biggest hurdle has been getting to bed before midnight (she says, typing this at 12:06am and not feeling the slightest bit tired). I think the next step might be telling myself I’m not allowed on the computer (or phone. or iPad) once I’m home from work. That’s not just a hurdle, that’s the high jump!
I’m also wondering, by doing that, am I just cutting one end off the blanket and sewing it to the other end? Giving myself “extra” “magical” computer time in the AM by taking it away in the PM? To be fair, I think I am more likely to make mistakes later at night.
Something to sleep on. Which I should do in the next few minutes if I have any hope of getting up at 8am!
Edited the next morning to add: Well, after posting this at quarter after midnight I got distracted by the internet. Then I went to bed and read my book for much too long. I went to be at almost 2am, and got up at 10:30am. So much for that idea! Maybe I can get my computer to automatically shut down at midnight?