Life is Hectic
Life is hectic. We all have many things that we want to be doing and things that we should be doing. The list of things that we want and need to do continuously grow and never seem to get shortened.
Establishing a work-life balance is a very difficult task. Chances are, if you are reading this, you work a 9 to 5 job or are even finishing up college. A select few might even work more hours than the traditional 9 to 5.
In this day in age, there are endless distractions that desire our attention between cell phones and social media. On top of work and these distractions, we all have hobbies and time that we like to set aside for friends and family. It seems that these things that demand our attention are unlimited, yet time itself is limited.
In a world with lots of things that demand or require our attention, it almost feels as if there is not enough time in the day to get what we want to get done.
So, how can this change?
How can we reorganize our day to have more time?
Well, you don’t necessarily need to completely redo your daily routine. If you are someone who wants to have more time in the day, you just need to prioritize what is important to you.
If you feel like you are prioritizing what is important to you already and still feel like you are lacking quality time, then there is still something you can do.
Get up early.
Waking Up Early
I know what a lot of you are thinking right now…. Either you agree with me or you think that I am crazy. But, hear me out.
If you wake up early in the morning, you are guaranteed to have free time to yourself to make things happen or take care of things that are important and matter to you.
It takes discipline to get out of bed. Waking up is the first battle of the day –– if you can succeed in winning this battle, then it sets you up to continue winning the battles that you encounter throughout your day.
This discipline builds up over time and helps you to establish more and more discipline which only grows as you get into this habit. It also will help the discipline that you have in other parts of your life as well. Ultimately, discipline helps you have freedom, therefore the more discipline you have, the more freedom you will have.
Seriously, TRY IT!
I know, this idea of waking up early still sounds a little rough. But our CEO, Steve Harper, made early rising a part of his daily routine, and it has contributed a significant amount to his successes.
Waking up early, he is able to find himself at the gym as it opens around 5 am so that he can work out. Working out is something that makes the minds of many people race, and it acts as a form of meditation to some, including Steve. This helps allow ideas to flow and it helps you establish some goals and think about the day ahead of you.
After the gym, Steve goes home, showers, and then heads to the office and is often there around 6 am.
All of this happens before the typical person’s 9 to 5 starts. Crazy, right? Well think about it, if you were to get to the office at 6 am, or had some free time between 6 am and 9 am, you would have 3 whole hours to do whatever you want.
Maybe it’s getting a head start on your work for the day or working on your personal brand or side hustle.
Whatever it may be, waking up early would open up free time for you to be able get stuff done. Getting stuff done means that you are being more productive, and ultimately being more productive limits your stress, which can benefit your health and family life.
Leaders and Discipline
Something that was discussed earlier was the idea of discipline and how important it is in making a change like this happen.
As leaders, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
Yet, you find that so many people complain that they have no time during the day or that their own problems are the fault of another person. People constantly assign blame elsewhere and never hold themselves accountable and take ownership of the reasons behind their lack of happiness or consistent stress. Or just that they simply aren’t doing what they want to do.
Yes, time is limited, but it is possible to create extra time for yourself to get more things done. In order to make this happen, you need to limit the excuses, hold yourself accountable, and establish discipline to try and enact positive change in your life.
It is possible. Get out there and do it!