January 25, 2016
I’m pretty good at the whole early to bed, early to rise thing, when I want to be. Then every so often I have days like today, where I hit the snooze button, then on the second snooze, I simply reset my alarm to a later time. Then hit snooze again a couple times after that later time. Ugh. I don’t have a good explanation other than I didn’t HAVE to be up until 7 today.
4:30 am is awesome. I get so much done when I wake up at 4:30. Even at 5:30, I still get a huge jump on the day. I have the warmth of the fireplace, the darkness before the sunrise, the solitude of a sleeping household. Peaceful, productive joy and the absolute delight of working from home. Once 6:30 hits I’ve already missed the most productive parts of the morning, but still have an hour before kids have to be up to ready for school. Sometimes Zia wakes up around then, she likes to talk, and I like to listen. 6:30–7:30 is my time for getting the rest of the day organized. List making, running down the calendar, occasionally calls with East Coast clients, and so on. Today, I didn’t do all that pre-7am stuff. I chose to sleep in. Because today, I had that choice. And it felt really damn good.
I still had a regular day of work after seeing the girls onto the bus. I got a lot done, had a really nice delivery-Thai food lunch with Ken. I wrote a lot for a client project. It was a great day!
Yet… still… I always struggle later with the decision to sleep-in. Imagine all the things I could have done if I’d made the decision to do them with those two hours of time. Two hours is a HUGE amount of time! Did I squander it? Did I really need the sleep? Am I really focused on goals and accomplishing them?
Sometimes I think I allow the decision of sleeping-in to cost more than it should. Or maybe it’s an expense I need to think more deeply about. Hm.
This is day 25 of my #tinychallenges daily journal. Start your own at #tinychallenges: tinychallenges.com
Jaimee Newberry is a professional experimenter, speaker and writer who lives, learns and fumbles out loud. She’s also the independent mother of two girls and two cats, and girlfriend of a beautiful, shy man who likes to remain mostly anonymous. More at jaimeejaimee.com
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