April 4, 2019
I Tried To Become A Morning Person For One Month. Here’s What Happened.
Exactly a month ago I decided my routine wasn’t working for me anymore.I’m a night owl, always have been. It’s not like I stay up till 3am watching Real Housewives (well, sometimes I do, but that’s not the point), it’s more that my brain comes ALIVE at night. That’s when I’m my most creative. My best business ideas for Brains over Blonde all came to me in the wee hours of the morning. One of the pros of being a flower child entrepreneur is that you can make your own schedule, which is brilliant for people like me who are wired a lil differently. Is anyone else like that? There are lots of studies that show that some humans have different circadian clocks (meaning they sleep at different hours of the day or need more or less sleep). I’m def one of them. What sucks is that our society praises early birds and shames anyone who “sleeps in.” That’s always bothered me. Just because I like to sleep in doesn’t mean I’m lazy… I assure you, I’m not. I just have my own unique rhythm, k? I’ve tried to become an early bird so many times in the past. Every time, I’ve failed. So when I became an entrepreneur, I was like fuck it, Imma do me. For the first year, I was still living with my ex. He’s one of those early birds who only needs 6hrs of sleep & loves getting up early. His routine prevented from my own getting toooo off of how the rest of the world operates. After I called off my wedding and started living alone for the first time, I truly got to make my own schedule. Play by my rules. It was awesome. Left to my own devices, my schedule gotta a lil extreme and I started to feel like it was no longer serving me. So a month ago on a Sunday night (well, I guess technically it was 4am on a Monday morning…) after spending hours getting shit done in my creative sanctuary, I serendipitously saw a post on Insta, right before I was about to follow asleep. It wasn’t even that cool of a post, per se. It was one of those cheesy quote posts you’ve seen a million times. It said something along the lines of, “the most productive thing you can do for your business is to get up earlier.” For whatever reason (I say, synchronicity), it caught me at the right time and I decided in that very moment to set my alarm for 7am. In that moment, I made a commitment to myself to get up* at 7am every day for a week. You can do ANYTHING for one week. *notice that I didn’t say I’d “try” to start waking up at 7am, I just decided to DO it. When we say we’re going to “try” to do something, we’re already giving ourselves an out. We’re prompting our brain to fail. Remember, the words you tell yourself RLY matter! I also decided to share my lil self challenge with all of you. I’ll admit, I really didn’t want to. I was afraid I’d fail (just as I had on all my previous attempts to become an early riser), and all of you would see it. But then I realized, that’s EXACTLY why I needed to share it.
To be honest, these benefits were kinda to my own dismay. I still HATE getting up early. I’m never going to be one of those ppl who wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed like Cinderella, birds chirping and shit. EVERY SINGLE MORNING I have to drag myself out of bed. Here are a few things that helped…
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