I had an interesting morning last Tuesday. As I’ve mentioned recently, I’ve been getting up early with my fiancee. She typically leaves for work around 7am, and I don’t need to leave for work until around 9am, which leaves me with almost 2-hours to fill with how I wish.
I could go back to sleep and work on hitting my 7-hours of sleep per day goal (as of writing, I’m still failing on this goal, but only narrowly).
Or, I could try to use this quiet time to do some things distraction-free.
*If my fiancee is reading this, I mean distraction from technology and daily pressures. Love you!*
I’ve been steadily adopting the latter option, and last Tuesday I had an amazingly productive morning.
First, I read for around 30 minutes. I’ve been working my way through Tim Ferriss’s new book “Tools of Titans” which is hefty 700 pages.
Then, I opened up the Coursera app on my phone and did a few lecture videos on an introductory calculus course I’m working on, including practice problems on functions. That was around 15-20 minutes.
Then I went upstairs to row for 10 minutes. I started rowing two weeks ago in the mornings and I’ve already noticed an improvement – I’m less winded after the workout and my hips are not nearly so tight afterwards. I’ll probably write a post about rowing soon, but for now it’s a small habit I’m trying to instill during the work week.
After rowing, I recorded two vlogs. I recorded a short vlog for Art Press, my podcasting partner’s side-channel that features vlogs from artists who also exercise. Then, I recorded my daily vlog that I upload privately to my channel as my version of a diary. The two vlogs took me 5-7 minutes to record.
Then, I finally showered and got ready for work.
I know that starting your day on the right foot is a key to success. It sets you up with a positive mindset that you are accomplishing your goals and using you time well. I certainly don’t want to do things for the sake of being busy.
I suppose I’m being a little arrogant by sharing this information within my social media feeds – I’ve been tweeting my progress on rowing, and sharing my small productivity wins as they happen. Am I just looking for approval from others? Does sharing this really keep me motivated and accountable? Would I enjoy the process less if I didn’t share (boast) about it? Am I looking to inspire others? Lead by example? Make them jealous? I don’t have good answers for this.
I also don’t know whether I can keep this up regularly. This system (I’m calling it a system for the sake of the argument) is fragilely held afloat because of my fiancee’s schedule. If that were to change, I’m fairly confident I wouldn’t be able to wake up at 6am on my own – I have about of decade of anecdotal evidence to support this. Also, will I be able to keep this pace? Exercise, reading, studies, and vlogging takes up a lot of time; will I be able to guarantee that I’ll have enough time and mental focus everyday to continue this process. Again, I don’t have an answer to this.
Time will tell. After all, as of writing, I only have one data point to draw an inference from. It’s important to not get too far ahead of myself and focus on hitting my targets tomorrow.