Spent last week in Italy – Florence and a place called Cinque Terre – some small traditional villages on the Genoan coast. It was lovely, but somewhat knocked me off my routine…
So now I’m back. My waking up has basically gone smoothly apart from that. The main thing is that I do it EVERY DAY – without exception. On Sunday I even got up at 5:15 – since I was already ‘programmed’ there were absolutely no problems, and when the alarm went off I jumped out of bed…
I have been thinking that perhaps I should get up at 6 am instead – there are lots of things to do around the house after work, and I also have an evening job. I’d like to spend some evening hours with my wife, but if I go to sleep at 10:30 or so to get up at 5:15, we don’t have much time together. Perhaps I will switch then to sleeping at 11:15 and getting up at 6 am…
First 2 days
Hi Folks – The first 2 days of the new routine have gone by. Yesterday I had a pretty debilitating cold, and so I stayed in bed until 9:15. I think this is a reasonable excuse. But today I didn’t have mercy on myself and actually got up at 5:15, took a walk in the bracingly cool morning air, took a shower, and sat down at the computer to work!
But since I tossed and turned in bed until 3:00 am or so, after almost 2 hours of work I took some rest – about 1.5 hours. Hopefully I will get increasingly into the circadian rhythm and fall asleep promptly at 11-ish, so that I don’t have the urge to nap in the morning….
Hi folks – I recently came across an article by Jim Citrin on the daily routines of 17 CEOs. The latest anyone of them gets up is 6am – most do so about 5:30. I did try to get up at 5-6 am before, and I have to say that my work day went much better than if I had woken up at 9 or so.
I have a PhD dissertation (gotta stop being an ABD – all but dissertation) to complete – otherwise I will be a student for the rest of my life. Got a wife and future kids to take care of, so there is no maybe – only a MUST.
It is recommended to do all of one’s most difficult, intensive work in the morning – I read a blog in German by a student who had the same problem as me – procrastinating with the thesis – but after he switched to a morning work rhythm, by 12pm he was able to put in a good 6 hours of thesis writing….
They also recommend waking up at the same time 7 days a week – no exceptions even on weekends, in order to keep up the rhythm. Gonna start tomorrow, and I’ll keep y’all posted!