Claim More Time to Pursue Your Goals, by Shirley George Frazier. All rights reserved.

Claim More Time to Pursue Your Goals

5:45 am was my chosen time to cleanse my skin and start the day. It worked out well until my daughter changed jobs and began rising at 5:30 am.

I could have risen anyway to stretch my body and check email, but staying in bed with Yorkies, Mae and Pepi, was too tempting to resist.

This late-to-start-the-day choice is not working. Rising at 6:30 am is seemingly unproductive. I can’t help thinking about all I can accomplish if I start the day earlier.

My short list is:

  • Greet the sun
  • Exercise for 20 minutes
  • Prepare for the work day
  • Check and respond to email
  • Organize chaotic surfaces
  • Read a book or an online article

I’m not satisfied, so by the time you read this, I will have made a change to my morning schedule.

I don’t know what time my daughter gets up (and I won’t ask so she has a chance to sabotage my plan), but I have a good feeling that if I rise at 5:00 am, she will still be asleep.

My early morning will consist of any of the opportunities listed above. I’ll adjust the prior evening’s activities to include writing a list of what I’ll accomplish early the next day.

Rising early is not new for me. Years ago my husband, daughter, and I maintained a complementary schedule to rise and share the bathroom. It worked well.

Our coordination allowed for everyone to arrive on time at their destination. My husband drove 10 minutes to work while I drove my daughter to school. When she was settled, I continued my trip to work by driving and parking to board one train which led to another train and then a walk to my final destination through lower Manhattan in New York City.

Thinking about the extensive commute makes me wonder, “How did I do all of that for so many years?,” but as you know, you accomplish what must be done.

Now I can’t walk 15 steps from the bed into the bathroom without finding it occupied.

This dilemma will change. I am reinventing myself by restructuring my wake-up time for more satisfaction and better productivity.

There are many articles online that praise the benefits of rising early, including these on:

Archetypes.com
Forbes.com
ZenHabits.net

Imagine if you decided to shift your wake-up time to one hour earlier. How would your life benefit from those extra 60 minutes a day, 7 hours a week, 28 hours a month, 336 hours a year?

About the Author

Shirley George Frazier

Shirley George Frazier is an author and speaker on small business, marketing, and creative industries. She speaks on a variety of topics as well as delivers keynote addresses and seminars. Call Shirley at 973-279-2799 or email Shirley@ShirleySpeaks.com to bring her to speak at your next event.

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