You know those stories you read about people who get up at 4am for years to turn their idea into a business. When I read those stories…
I have a combination of thoughts. The first ones are ‘Stuff that’ and “You gotta be kidding” and “I couldn’t do that”.
The second thought I have is that it shows sacrifice and determination. They must really want it to get up that early. I can see why they are successful. And now it is happening to me. (The getting up early part, not the success part. Not yet, anyway)
I started by getting up at 5.30am. I was barely getting started on my very long to-do list before I had to pack up and start getting ready for That Day Job. Then I was getting up at 5.00am, which let me get more done but it still wasn’t enough. And so…
I’ve started getting up at 4am.
I know, I know. But I’m actually excited when I wake up. I know I will have a good block of time to get really involved in what I want to get done. Even though I am getting up crazy early, I am feeling less stressed because I am less rushed. I am getting so much more done and my to-do list isn’t quite so overwhelming (although I seem to keep adding to it every day). Getting up that early doesn’t feel like a sacrifice. I am happy to get up at that time. Although, I often have ‘nanna naps’ on the weekend to catch up on sleep.
If you had told me when I first started this adventure that I would be getting up at 4am, I would have had second thoughts. Because I didn’t think I would have to get up that early to get things done. Because at the time, it would have seemed very hard – a huge ask. And even though I was committed to going on this creative business adventure, I don’t know that I felt as committed when I started as I do now. Maybe because I naively didn’t know what I was getting myself into.
I imagine being successful and telling people I got up at 4am to make it happen. I am sure there will be shocked faces and gasps of surprise from the person I say this to. But I will be proud I got up that early.
I will understand that it seems like a sacrifice to them. It would have to me a year ago.
But I will know I did it happily and that the effort has paid off. (she says hopefully)
What time do you get up to fit in everything on your to do list?