Waking Up Early
I’ve recently encountered a dilemma that annoys me more than it bothers me, but no one likes to be annoyed now. If you were to ask me if I am a morning person, or a night person, I would tell you that I am gladly both. I love staying up at night to get things done, catch up on quality documentaries, etc. On the other hand, I love being up really early in the morning. But that presents a problem for me. Not a serious problem, but one that aggravates me enough to write about! So what’s the problem you say? The problem is this…
I have no problem cutting my sleep way short because I have a flight to catch at 6am. But lately, I cannot get up early for the life of me, for me. Not for a flight, for me, for my life! I know it doesn’t sound serious, but it’s similar to honoring your own calendar commitments just as you honor those with others.
So, in my somewhat annoying annoyed state after I have again failed to get up when I wanted to before I closed my eyes the night before, I come to a pretty harsh conclusion…
My life isn’t as important as a random day trip to Atlanta and back for work
Now, that’s not exactly completely logical, but emotionally that’s where I go. I feel guilty for the hour or two I could utilize a few days a week in the morning to work on my projects. That could easily amount to 5 hours per week times 50 or so work weeks in the year and you come to 250 stinkin’ hours!
Back to Waking Up Early
I work out quite a bit, drink lots of water, stay away from pop, don’t drink during the week, and typically get around seven hours of sleep. I drink tons of coffee. I love coffee. I bet you’ve sensed that I enjoy coffee because of the name of the page where I accept donations – called The Bean Juice. So I consume a decent amount of caffeine, but I don’t think an unhealthy amount. At least according to the Mayo Clinic…
Though moderate caffeine intake isn’t likely to cause harm, too much can noticeably affect your health. Heavy daily caffeine use — more than 500 to 600 mg a day, or about four to seven cups of coffee — can cause:
* Nausea or other gastrointestinal problems
* Fast or irregular heartbeat
* Muscle tremors
The plan is to round out this week per the usual – morning coffee with a slight chance of an additional cup later in the afternoon or the evening. But next week, I’m going to cut coffee for three weeks and see if that has any impact on my ability to wake up when I plan to in the morning.
Maybe I’ll just do this! – that links you to an article on Steve Pavlina’s popular personal development blog. He’s got few others on waking up early as well.
The Trick to Being a Morning Person and a Night Person
Now this is going to knock your socks off, so brace yourself! Do you know how to become the ultimate morning person and the ultimate night person? It’s actually a very easy answer.
I hope I didn’t disappoint you! I’ve certainly have a long, long way to go before I’m anywhere close to where I want to be in certain areas of my life, but I love having a general energy for life. I don’t want to go to bed at night because I’d rather be up enjoying something, doing something interesting, being relaxed, etc. Just as well, I don’t want to sleep in the morning because the morning is a time to reflect on the day ahead of you, it’s a time to be productive when the rest of the unproductive world is sleeping!
Tomorrow morning is the first morning that will buck the trend for me. I mean, I’ve posted about it. So, it’s safe to say I’m serious this time! Morning or night, keep doing your thing!
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Thanks for reading!!