I’ve read that some people are night owls and others are morning people. For the past 22 years, I’ve always considered myself to belong to the former category. I hate waking up early. Hate, hate, hate. I never sleep better than after slamming the damn alarm clock, and going to bed again nestled in warm blankets :). As a kid, my mother used to wake me up early for studies. I would delay in bed till she had to pretty much drag me out. Then I would lay out the towel on the bathroom floor and go to sleep for another few precious minutes!
When I started freelancing, I gave up early mornings forever. There was no need in the world for me to sleep less. And for four years I did just that. I woke up nice and late. 10:00 am was my waking time and by the time I started work, it would be 12:30 pm. I would go to sleep at around 2:00 in the morning. And so the cycle continued. This had some unpleasant effects. For example on weekends Anupa would like to have breakfast together, but I wouldn’t be up and ready till around 1:00 pm. Plus there’s no denying that being awake early in the day does make you feel better in a strange sort of way. You get the feeling that you have the whole day ahead of you…you know how it is.
Three months ago, I began using a calendar tick sytem for sticking to my resolutions. Since then, I’ve developed a number of new habits that I’ve been able to keep up for months altogether. Such as:
Working on my blog everyday
A month ago I decided to add a new habit – waking up early. Like every other late sleeper, I’ve tried this before only to fall back again. But I was hoping that my new system of crossing off days on a calendar would keep me motivated enough to carry on long enough for it to become a habit. So for every day that I woke up early, I’d mark it with a big red cross. The resulting line of crosses makes me feel good and pushes me to keep the line unbroken. After a few days, it gives me satisfaction to see the progress I’ve made.
I started on the 22nd of August. I first woke up at 9, then 8 and after a few days I started rising at 7 am. I also adjusted my sleeping time from 2:00 am to 11:00 pm. And here is my set of crosses for all of September:
Pretty impressive for a self confessed late riser huh? :D I’m enjoying my new schedule – finishing up work by 11 am and then having a lot of sunlight left. The change is mostly psychological. The total amount of time I spend awake and sleeping is still the same.
One more good habit formed :).