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Challenge Your Habits

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A few days ago I woke up. Gratefully, I do this every day. But that day , I found myself wide awake at 3:30am. Usually, I would groan, try to go back to sleep all the while bemoaning the fact I was awake so early. Instead, I got up quietly and went through my morning routine; including a nice pot of French Press coffee and dug in on some deadlines. It was absolutely amazing how much I accomplished by 9am, and how creatively I moved through my day with an amazing sense of momentum and satisfaction. I confess I did catch a little nap later in the afternoon, but the sense of accomplishment was well worth less sleep. Now I’m not suggesting we ALL get up every day at 3:30am and become a slave to accomplishment or work. But I am suggesting that questioning some of our assumptions and habits isn’t a bad thing. Maybe my regular time of waking up, working, not working and resting have been set by cultural assumptions instead of my own creative rhythms? Perhaps an early rising time with short bursts of sleep as needed is something to explore? Though sleep experts say that a regular bedtime and routine is the best habit for experiencing needed rest, it doesn’t mean that 6am is a magic time to wake up.

Shortly after this early morning epiphany I read this brief article in Fast Company. I’d encourage you to check it out – and check out your assumptions on what you need for rest, sleep and productivity. It could be that a custom fit solution for you, your lifestyle, your work and your personal creativity needs are worth pursuing…


One Comment

  1. Posted August 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Karen, thank you for sharing! I’d been wrestling with this for a couple of weeks myself, waking up early and making myself go back to sleep even though I knew I had some pretty hairy audacious initiatives on my plate to get in play before the end of the year.

    I have fresh inspiration and tomorrow will get up when my body clock wakes me which has been between 3:30am and 5am.

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