I finally allowed myself to just be lazy, so that I could be a morning person and wake up early.
My goal was to stop feeling sleepy at 4am so that I could get my writing done.
However, waking up at 4am felt like a lot of work, and often, I would tell myself that I am just going to sleep a bit. After all, the work that I have pending for the day was not that urgent.
At the end of the day, I would be blaming myself for not waking up early enough and just doing something, even if it was the most basic thing I could do.
So, one day I realized that it’s not the waking up that is a problem. I wake up when the alarm goes off. It was waking up and doing work that was a problem. So, I said to myself, why don’t I just wake up and do something interesting that comes to my mind, even if it is reading a book or watching TV. The essence was to train myself to be awake as early as possible. I figured, if I get into the rhythm of waking up then other things would follow.
My cheat sheet for waking up became YouTube. I could always go to the video sharing platform and find something interesting to watch. I can watch writers explain what they do, or I can just look at supercars. Anything was allowed, as long as it kept me awake.
I have installed flux on my computer, so my eyes do not strain much when I keep staring at the screen.
Folks, this trick worked, and I was finally able to wake up at 4am and not feel like I just needed to sleep one more hour.
I now wake up and just chill waiting for 7am. which appears like my psychological time to start working. I should add that some of the stuff I do between 4am and 7am can actually be work, it’s just that I do not put it that way, lest I pressure myself into thinking I should sleep a bit more.