I have decided to take on a 30 day challenge (a la Matt Cutts) and post it here publicly for all to see, for extra motivation.
I’ve always been a night person. From an early age I can remember always staying up late. I even remember watching the original Saturday Night Live which means that at the age of 7 or 8 or 9 I was staying up until at least midnight on weekends. Mornings are painful, mornings hurt, mornings require a bucket of coffee. I’ve always hit my peak of productivity and creativity at about 8 pm.
That doesn’t seem to work anymore. I’m now a self-employed independent SEO consultant. I have a business to run and grow and clients that work on Eastern time (3 hours ahead of my Pacific timezone). The more I think on it (and the older I get) the more I notice the time I spend on various activities. Sure, I stay up late, but it’s really wasted time. It’s TV mostly, which is by and large a waste. Getting up later also means less time with my kids. Now that I work from a home office I see them a lot more, and the more I see them the more I want to be able to do things with them. Working until 7 pm isn’t really conducive to doing a lot with your kids. I also love cooking and grilling and that doesn’t work too well starting at 7 or 8 pm either.
So, my 30 day challenge that I am setting myself is to break a several decades long habit of late nights and get to bed by 10 pm and up no later than 6 am. Every day. Weekdays. Weekends.
It’s going to hurt at first. It’s going to suck. Normally the only thing I get up for at that hour is fishing. So tonight I’m setting the timer on the coffee pot and come hell or high water, I’m getting up at 6 am tomorrow. I’ll check back in in a couple of weeks for an update. I’m hoping I’ll be a lot more productive and have more leisure time as well. Here goes…