Before going to sleep last night, I wrote a game plan: wake up at 5am, and for every 30 minutes, accomplish something that’s important to me. I’m currently at the halfway point, and I’m really enjoying it so far. There’s something to be said about blocking out a certain amount of time for a certain task, and only focusing on that thing (See: The Practice of One Thing at a Time).
Also, last night before bed, I rearranged my workstation, creating a whole new area for my desk. I’m feeling very inspired by this space now. Sometimes, reshuffling the deck is all that’s needed. When life gets dull, we don’t have to start a whole new life, but instead, simply move our current life around. I don’t only do this with physical items, but if there’s an idea that I’m currently brainstorming on, writing it out in various ways seems to open up new areas of that idea, showing me ways around roadblocks that I couldn’t see before. Each obstacle in life could be approached in multiple ways, whether it’s budgeting, planning a big project, writing an article, or, like last night, moving furniture around. Where we mess up at is, once something has a location, we tend to think its permanent, and we think that it shouldn’t be moved. That’s where resistance lives, and the process of getting to the desired outcome hits a wall, as we struggle to figure out our next action.
Starting a new morning routine has always been my way of being proactive about my productivity. No matter what happened the day before, I know there’s always tomorrow to try again, and tomorrow brings new opportunities to be whoever I want to be. A blank canvas.
I hear the fan humming in the background. I hear Pandora cycling through peaceful music. I’ve done a dozen pull-ups and about 30 push-ups so far this morning. I’ve been awake since 4:45. It was meant to be 5am, but as soon as I became conscious, I quickly got out of bed and gained a head start on my day. I’ve been way too sluggish lately, so any advantage I can get right now, I’m taking it.
05:00 — Wake Up: My first block this morning was to wake up at 5am, get dressed, start Pandora, hang pull-up bar, and clean out bag.
05:30 — Study: There’s a few projects that I wanted to put first going forward, which include YouVersion plans and my current week in my LIFE workbook.
06:00 — Read: This is where I become very intentional about reading more books. 30 minutes a day on any book I want, allows me the flexibility to read whatever I want, but also the discipline to read something.
06:30 — Writing: This block is for writing. It doesn’t matter what I’m writing, as long as my fingers are moving and words are landing on the screen, as you see here.
07:00 — Studio: This one will feel weird at first, working on music at 7 in the morning, but there’s been too many nights lately, where I plan to create new songs, but never get around to it, so I’m blocking out 30 minutes each day to work on some kind of song.
07:30 — Shower: This block is my getting dressed for the day block. Shower, shave, and get dressed.
08:00 — Leave: After all that is complete, each one of those 30 minute blocks, this is biggest accomplishment of them all: leave the house. I usually have somewhere to be around this time, but even if I don’t, still leave. Not only am I leaving knowing how much I’ve accomplished, I’m leaving knowing how much time I still have to accomplish so much more. Leave knowing this is only the beginning.