I’m trying a new experiment with my schedule.
It’s just a small tweak, but I’m already noticing a big difference.
I have more energy and focus. And I’m making more headway on some of my personal goals. Plus, I’m having more fun.
Obviously, I like the results of this small change (more on that in a minute). First, let me give you some backstory…
When I first walked away from my 9-to-5 job to work as a freelancer, part of the appeal was not having to get up on someone else’s schedule. No alarm clocks. No set-in-stone start times. I’d just sleep until I was ready to wake up.
I did that for years.
Then something changed. My older daughter, who I’d homeschooled through sixth grade, decided to start attending public school.
She needed to be up at six in the morning if she wanted to catch the bus. Sure, she was old enough to get herself off to school without my help, but I wanted her to have company in the morning.
With my new wake-up time, I noticed a few things. I was really tired for the first hour of the day, but then I was more awake and alert for the rest of the day. I was also way more productive. And less stressed.
Sure enough, when summer break came, and I went back to waking up whenever I felt like it, I started feeling less motivated, sluggish in the mid-afternoon, and stressed because I felt like I was always scrambling to catch up.
It didn’t take long for me to decide that I liked getting up at six better.
Recently, and here’s the small change I was talking about, I decided to see what would happen if I got up at six on the weekends, too.
Going into this little experiment, I had mixed feelings. I enjoy sleeping in on the weekends. But… I also enjoy doing things on the weekends. And when I sleep in, it tends to siphon off my motivation to go out and do fun things or work on my personal goals or finish projects around the house.
Mid-September, I made the switch to getting up at six on the weekends too, and boy what a difference!
I get more writing done. More business-building done. My house is cleaner. And my family and I have been going out and about more, making memories, having fun… that kind of thing.
Some days, I make the conscious decision to sleep in. Sure enough, on those days, I have almost no motivation and get very little done. But that’s okay — those turn into lazy days spent reading and napping, and they’re good, too.
Getting up at the same time every day — not just workdays — is having a big impact on how I feel overall, and how much I get done. If you have one wake-up time during the week and a different wake-up time on the weekends, maybe try getting up at the same time every day and see what you think. I’d love for you to share how it goes in the comments.
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