[Daily Impact #38] “The most productive time of the day…”

Ring, ring….

The alarm goes off.

It’s 5am and I promptly roll out of bed and start my day.

No snooze alarm. That’s never been my thing. If I wanted an ‘extra’ 15 minutes of sleep, I’ll set my alarm for 5:15am instead. Besides, that ‘extra’ 15 minutes isn’t quality sleep anyway, so why bother.

I get dressed, head downstairs and put on a kettle of water for coffee.

I prefer the pour-over method for making my coffee. I have a hand grinder I use for my coffee. It is an old 1900s grinder that creates the perfect grind. Besides the added flavor of making coffee this way, there is just something about the ritual of actually making my coffee in the morning versus a machine doing it for me that I enjoy.

While I wait for the water to boil, I usually unload the dishwasher and load in any dishes that did not get washed the night before. Why stand around when I can do something productive instead.

Once my coffee is made, it is time to grab a book and read for 30 minutes or so to wake up the mind and get it ready for the day.

Finally it is time to sit down and write.

This is my morning ritual. 5 days a week.

The other 2 days I prefer to ‘sleep in’, waking up next to my wife and enjoying the kids as they crawl into bed with us. They won’t be little forever so I make sure I take the time to cherish those little moments with them as much as possible.

I don’t check my phone.

I don’t look at my email.

I don’t check out Facebook or any other social media.

This is ‘Justin’ time.

There will be plenty of time later to get caught up on what is new in the world.

There was a time when I wouldn’t even consider getting up so early in the morning, but with 2 kids I needed to find some uninterrupted time in my day to be able to focus, and mornings were my best option.

I was a ‘night owl’, I’d tell myself. preferring the dark and quiet of the night, compared to the noise and energy of the morning.

But I have quickly come to learn that growth and progress are not made at night. They are made in the early hours of the morning, while everyone else sleeps.

This early morning investment in myself ultimately sets the tone for my day, as I have become more focused and more productive than I ever was before.

As a result, all aspects of my life have improved across Mind, Body, Business, and Relationships.

All because I made the decision to get up just a little earlier than I normally would.

As my old Sensei, Cory Albert, used to say, “You will get plenty of sleep when you are dead”.
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