I say this a lot, but the brain?
It’s such a strange thing.
My brain beats me up all of the time. It’s one of my worst enemies and it doesn’t stop, not even when it fights against itself.
Lemme give you an example.
I love sleep. I actually lost friendships over it, in college, because I’d choose to go to bed at midnight so I could get a solid eight hours instead of staying up until 2 or 3 in the morning, like some people in my friend group did, which pissed a few of them off (there was more than that, but that was one of the main issues). That hasn’t changed. Getting a good night’s sleep is important to me and helps me function. As such, I’m sure it’s not a surprise that my snooze button and I are really good friends.
I also enjoy working out. A lot. I love how it’s improved my life, my physical fitness, my appearance and how my mood is improved after every workout. With the way my schedule works–and the way my brain functions–if I plan to work out first thing in the morning, then I have a better chance of actually completing that workout. Because even though I enjoy it immensely, my brain will still try and talk me out of completing it if I try and get a few other things done first. So I always strive to workout as the first thing I do after I wake up.
You can see where this post is going, can’t you?
The issue I’ve been running into is that I hit my snooze button so often, my entire day ends up being thrown out of whack. My goal is to get up at 9am. Getting off work at midnight, getting home and then getting ready for bed, the goal is always to get to sleep by 1am. There you go, a solid eight hours. If I do that, then the rest of my day (usually) runs really smoothly. I have time to workout, shower and do my hair. Time to make dinner to take with me to work. Not to mention a couple spare hours to run errands, pick up the apartment or play video games before I gotta head into work. That’s the ideal goal and accomplishing that sets my day up to be really awesome.
Yet recently, I’ve been falling more and more into the trap of not only hitting the snooze button once too many times, but also turning off my alarm completely, so I end up sleeping until 10:30am or even 11am.
Which then, in turns, throws everything off balance.
Suddenly, all the time I had becomes really short, as I have to rush to get a workout in and make dinner, let alone showering, eating lunch and anything else I want/need to accomplish before work. Usually, days like that result in a half-assed or rushed workout, a different meal than I planned to make (because the new, forced choice is the quicker option), not doing my hair and then having no time to play any video games, which is how I like to relax before work. Sometimes, it even results in a skipped workout.
This might not seem like a terribly big deal. I’m still getting to work on time and, as long as I don’t skip my workout, I’m still making progress on all of my goals.
Yet it really changes my mindset and how the day goes.
This morning, for example. I really wanted to make an effort of getting up on time. And I did. I was out of bed by 9:15am, working out by 9:30am. Hell, I was already starting to cook dinner, having worked out, showered, folded laundry and picked up the apartment, by 11am–a time that, two weeks prior, I was waking up and just starting my day with. I had time to shave and do my hair, pick out an outfit that made me feel cute. I played Fallout 4 for over two hours on a nice, rainy day. I got to work feeling refreshed, productive and ready to take on the day. Not tired, regretful or beating myself up for missing another workout or wishing I had more time to play on the PS4 that I haven’t touched in days because I’ve been sleeping too long.
I know there will still be days where I’ll hit the snooze button and sleep in way too late. There will still be days when laziness takes over and, because of that, the rest of the day, I feel sluggish. But I’m hoping–planning–to keep making a conscious effort to purposefully choose to make the most out of every day. And one of the best ways I know to do that is to start the day off right–and on time.