I have always been a night owl. I went to sleep very late, either reading a book that I liked in elementary school, studying at the last moment in high school or just studying or doing projects in art school. At the same time, I always consider myself organized, productive and in search of improving those aspects more every day.
I can definitely recommend “Work Smarter Not Harder: 18 Productivity Tips That Boost Your Work Day Performance” that is free on Amazon Kindle and that has different methods to be productive. One of his advice is to get up earlier, which I thought was impossible. Until I came across with Charli Marie and this post, where she says that she was also a night owl and reversed it.
The way I managed to change it, even though I never thought I could get up early on a regular day of work, was documenting for twenty-one days (what is said to be the time to create a habit) and draw the following conclusions:
- It is important to have a goal to get up early. Whether it’s a side project, go to the gym, have a freelance job apart from your work from 9 to 18, or all together! In my case I get up to write this blog, to do my freelance work and to continue learning about design!
- It is also necessary to know what wakes you up. Many try to do gymnastics at home or take a shower. I do both, but I know many people who go through social networks before they start. That usually means that they remain hooked and end up doing anything. My recommendation if you are one of them? Choose a social network and fill it with productive things to read and give you the push to start your day.
- Finally, we are human beings, we need our space, our time and above all we are sensitive. I had chosen to start with this project while my boyfriend was far away and there was a major time difference. There were two days in which I didn’t wake up because I missed him too much and I stayed skyping with him until very late. And it’s OK! I sincerely needed it!
From this little experiment, I am achieving all the goals that I set for the day and therefore, my biggest goals.
And I do not stay in my place! I’m still looking for ways to be more comfortable with my day-to-day and achieve everything I set out to do. For example, did you know that your workspace and home should spark joy? Soon I will be talking about this in this blog.
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