018_WAKE UP EARLY

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Minimalism & Intentional Living

Why do I wake up early?

Surely, sleeping in until ten or eleven o’clock each day would be awesome…but its not for me.

I wake up each day at 5:30 am, seven days a week, every week. Yeah, even on a weekend. It’s not that I hate sleep either! Sleep is great and essential although it seems to be in short supply during college years.

I wake up to get shit done. I’ve got a lot of things I want to do in my life and I’m not going to be the person who looks back on their twenties and says: “Man, I wish I had done  that thing” or “Aw, to bad I didn’t do that.” I’m going to be the person that says they’re GLAD they did those things.

When you wake up early, odds are, no one else is awake. The world is quiet and empty. It also means you get first dibs on the shower and the coffee, which is an added bonus. Social media is dead and there are no distractions. It’s just you, your mind and that cup of coffee you just poured.

NO DISTRACTIONS.

The world is completely at your mercy during this early morning hour.

I can spend my time focusing entirely on what I want to do and don’t think for one second that as soon as five thirty comes around, I wake up, hit the snooze and go back to sleep for ten or fifteen minutes. Forget it.

One alarm and I’m out of bed. Resisting the urge to go back to bed, shower, getting dressed and pour that coffee is already your first win of the day. Press snooze? I’m not going to call you a looser, but I think you get the idea.

From 5:30 until 7:30, a full two hours, I devote entirely to personal work. This could be reading, writing, drawing, planning out the rest of my week, doodling something I’ve had in my head all week and can’t get rid of. What you do with your time is totally up to you, if you’re doing something. You didn’t wake up early to go on Instagram or check your email. No one’s awake anyways!

I’ll quite often open my laptop, write some stuff, work on some personal art projects, photos or read. Then 7:30 rolls around and I’m off to school, ready to do it again the next morning.

I’ve said it before, but this is a prime example of MAKING TIME. Not using an excuse like, I DON’T HAVE TIME. Don’t give me that crap. We all have time. It’s just what we do with it.

So…try it.

WAKE UP EARLY.

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