The 4AM Challenge — Making Time to Get Ahead
It’s Saturday morning as I write this, while stopped at a Chick-Fil-A for breakfast before my painting class. I was mentally bemoaning my supposed lack of productive time as I sat down to write a post when I realized that my lack of productive time was the post.
Sure, I have time to work at my job, relax with my family, paint once a week, and help others. I also have time for stuff like running errands, paying bills, emptying the dishwasher, making supper, and procrastinating on our taxes.
But where is the time to do more than just tread water in my small business? By the time I get done with all that other stuff and sit down to work, I’m exhausted.
So in keeping with the idea of doing important things first, I’m going to be dragging my rear out of bed each day this week at 4am.
I’m going to do a least one previously-unused hour’s worth of time’s bit of work on my business during that hour.
If something is important, we’ll make sacrifices, and this is mine.
Note that I am not a morning person either. My ideal and natural schedule is to stay up til midnight or 1am and get up about 9am. Since I start work at 6am, that hasn’t happened in years. What’s one more hour of a change to my natural schedule?
I challenge you to give yourself at least an extra 6 hours in the week by getting up an hour earlier than whenever you normally do.
Don’t stay up later: get up earlier.
Sure, it’ll be hard. So what. It’ll be worth it.