Every once in a while, I spend a little extra time in bed in the morning. Typically, I get up 3 to 4 hours before I need to be anywhere and it’s not because I can’t sleep or that I’m a natural morning person. I get up to either exercise or write.
Why does this work for me? If I get up at 5 am and don’t write or work out, I got up early for nothing. I have given up the comfort of my bed without the satisfaction of getting things done, which is incredibly disappointing to me.
So, I give myself a push and head to the gym or open up the computer and write. And if the day falls apart, if I can’t get beyond the emails and meetings or if something unexpected creeps up prohibiting me from going for that jog or writing that article, I know I’ve still done something today that meets my goals. It makes that early morning discomfort suddenly very important and necessary.
Just putting something on the schedule helps me do it, especially first thing in the morning. Mornings tend to be more predictable. There are less surprise conflicts that arise when I’m the only person awake. It won’t work for everyone, but it’s certainly worth a try!