I believe to be the best person you can, you must know yourself. Too often we don’t take the time to figure out why we behave in a certain way. It can be quit liberating to know for instance, the triggers that rile us up. I have read my fair share of self help books and served my time in therapy. There were many things in life I wish had been taught but wasn’t. I had to seek out the information on my own. Before the rise of the internet, I had this place called a library. It had these things called books. You open them up and read the words inside on a certain subject.
One thing I learned about myself is that I am not a morning person, but a night owl. I also know I am on the higher side of normal for sleep requirements. Much less than 7 hours and I am sucking back coffee all day. The world is not made for the people who spring to life after dark. Throughout my life I have had some jobs that require me to be eating lunch when most people are just dragging into work. I have managed. I was young back then. At one point in my life I had my ’24 hour fridays’. I started working early in the morning on friday, came home and wasted time until the evening when the party started. I would stay up all night partying hard and go to bed early Saturday morning, thus 24 hour friday.
I think now I have become old. Perhaps just more disciplined. When my kids started school, I no longer took naps with them, but went back to bed for a couple hours when they left. Every time I did this I would feel like I had wasted so much time and felt rushed the rest of the day accomplishing what I had on my to-do list. Over the summer I began an early morning bootcamp workout class starting at 5:15 (mind you, it takes 15-20 minutes to get there) 3 days a week. At first I had to come home and take a nap afterward just to manage the rest of the day. By the end of summer I didn’t need that nap.
Now that we are back to school, I am still continuing this class. I have also committed to getting up early on the other days and working out before the kids get up (still doing the class at night too on those 2 days). I cannot tell you how accomplished I feel every day! By 8:30 I have already worked out, eaten, and showered! This seems to propel my productivity for the entire day. I feel I can accomplish more and have more mental focus. Maybe it’s the act of getting my endorphins going that early in the morning, or maybe feeling like I already did something huge, I don’t know.
What I do know is that maybe I am becoming a morning person. Maybe this is what contributes to feeling more productive all day. Maybe this just means I am becoming old. Whatever the reasons (even becoming old), I will take it! I feel AMAZING!