I Need Help

Before we get into today’s post, I must admit that I did use a dramatic title to get your attention because, like an obsolete YouTuber desperate for views, I am not above click-baiting my followers. With that being said, I do need help when it comes to one of my goals, so I am using my blog as a form of accountability.

The goal that’s been intimidating me is to wake up at 5 a.m. for three continuous weeks. Yep, that means no sleeping in on the weekends or lounging around in bed on a day off. This wouldn’t have seemed like such a daunting task when I was waking up at 6 a.m. to drive to work, but that habit was abolished when working from home became the new normal. It has now been two months since I began working remotely, and let’s just say my morning “routine” is not very inspiring.

Instead of getting up, preparing for the day, and hopping on the road to slowly wake up during my 45-minute commute, I now do the following:

7:27 a.m. | Wake up
7:29 a.m. | Walk across the hallway to my home office
7:30 a.m. | Start work
[End of list]

As you can see, I’ve gotten overly comfortable with not having to commute to work and have given up any semblance of a healthy morning routine. That is not ideal, so I’ve decided to begin my goal of waking up at 5 a.m. to establish productive morning habits during self-quarantine. The problem is that I keep trying to start this goal but always end up snoozing my alarm saying I’ll do it the following week. I don’t want to continue doing that until it’s too late to complete the goal, so I am enlisting the accountability that comes from posting on a public forum to keep me on track for the next three weeks.

The rules are simple: Wake up at 5 a.m. each morning, get right out of bed, don’t scroll through social media, and don’t watch any videos. I’ve stipulated these rules because otherwise, I’d lie in bed for two hours watching Grace & Frankie until the workday began.

I will plan on documenting the experience in my June 7th blog post and am excited to see what three weeks of the newly minted wakeup time will do to my habits. I figure, I’ve gotten into a groove with working from home, so it’s now time to make the most out of however long I have left before I begin working on campus again. And just think, great business leaders have habitually gotten up early, so I may end up starting the next Apple. Or I could end up becoming one of those people who read books before work. Either way, I’m excited about the possibilities and look forward to sharing them with you.

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