My work days have been pretty hectic now that I’ve ramped up my side-hustle a notch (I’ve incorporated it, finally!) and the paper work has been driving me nuts! I’ve still got a chock-full of tasks that are to be done within 30 days of incorporation. So, been busy chasing banks, agents, and auditors to set everything up. I remember even thinking to myself if all this was worth the effort. Building a business from the ground-up is hard enough!
Anyway, the point is that it’s phase like any other. Just a little rough, which has impacted my schedule like anything. The past month and a half I’ve been struggling to post every day. Of course, I do take the time to jot down ideas and even outline them in the draft folders of Scriviner but those keep accumulating until I actually sit down to write. I remember the other day I joked about this being a “daily blog updated twice weekly.” And I now realize I might have jinxed myself but that’s neither here nor there. The most obvious routine for me would be the following:
Wake up at 4:30 am
Write from 4:30 to 5:30 am
Read/Study from 5:30 to 6:30 am
Train from 6:30 am till 8 am
Conquer the world from 8 am till I go to bed
That roughly used to be my schedule up until a couple of months ago. What changed? The level of physical activity and mental stress that requires me to sleep a little more than usual. I’ve been consciously trying to clock in at least 6-7 hours of sleep each night. The trade-off, however, hasn’t been promising. I have to “get to” writing these days instead of “getting it done.” And if you know me, that just doesn’t cut it.
The other alternative is a hard one, which is to prioritize the first three hours of my day (a couple for most folks) doing what I love the most: reading, writing, and training. The last one takes the maximum time since I train twice (almost) daily, clocking up to 2-2.5 hours a day. I know, I know, that’s a massive time investment but understand that it gives me back so much more! I think I get a lot done simply because I train regularly. But that also means my body needs more rest. Can’t compromise on that, although, I am working on making the weight training sessions more minimalistic (not more than 2 or 3 lifts per session).
And as I write this, I realize that most of our life’s challenges can be resolved by simply reassessing the present and past to understand all the great things you’ve stopped doing. I, for some reason, stopped prioritizing and let my day-to-day stresses take over my schedule. How do we reverse this? But starting to do it all over again with a greater understanding of your priorities and limitations.