I remember that my mother always said that you can do anything in life. Even that during certain period of time I though she was lying, later in life understood that the missing part of her sentence was that you can do anything, but not everything. There is a need to understand and learn that for every YES you provide there is something you are telling NO, consciously or not. So pick wisely, doesn’t matter what you pick, you can do anything, but you can’t do everything. Pick wisely.
For years I was convinced that I was a night owl. I struggle in the mornings, and thrive at nights. Last year in the name of productivity, (and desperation) I decided to test what will happen if I wake up at 4:00 A.M. to work. I was like many struggling with lack of focus, concentration and a day full of distractions.
What began as a test out of desperation, looking for something that I had lost, quickly turn into one of the most interesting tricks I had discover in productivity.
Our house sleeps until around 7:00 A.M. Thats the time to get my 4 year old daughter wakes and I need to get her ready to go to school. My old routine was simple, I wake up at 6:30 A.M., shower, dress and get coffee and do my daily review. Then I went and get my daughter ready.
When I decided to change the rules of the game, and begin waking up at 4:00 A.M. I discover that I could shower, dress and get coffee to do my daily review between 4:00 A.M. and 4:30 A.M. It was exactly there that the best came, I was basically free of distractions, between 4:30 A.M. and 6:30 A.M. but even better, I had just sleep 7 to 8 hours and was totally fresh. In other words, I was in prime condition, and had two free hours of silence and without interruptions.
I could not believe my luck, I had discover two hours of quality time, without interruptions, and highly focused time. In many days I can accomplished more on those hours than the rest of the day, same as you will accomplished.
I understand that you are a night owl, as I was. I understand this will not work for you. For years I tried to get those hours at night, work hard all day, have my family time, wait for them to go to bed, and try to work after that. The problem was, that in many days I was simply exhausted. Even that I push trough, took me hours to accomplish the stuff I was looking forward to accomplished. The next morning I began the same race, and continue walking the world, simply exhausted.
These days, I go earlier to bed, sit in my desk at home at 4:30 A.M. and work for the next two hours in silence and without interruptions and distractions. In many days, I accomplish more on those two hours, than the rest of the day. Not only that, on a bad day; you know those that you feel that you did nothing, I was really productive the first two hours of my day. On a good day, I feel unstoppable.
Think for a moment what you can do with two hours of no distractions, stop snoozing television at night and go to bed. Wake up earlier and discover a couple of hours of full focus and without distractions, then begin working on that really important thing.