This post is a follow up to the last one that I posted way back near the beginning of January, which in summary is about my experimenting with shifting sleep patterns to being in bed before 10pm and waking up at 5:30am.
The challenge was hardest in that first week but I’m now appreciating getting up early, although I haven’t yet rediscovered my previous productivity levels. I suspect this is more to do with the amount of big things I have on my plate, such as moving home and changing jobs, more than the change in sleep patterns. I feel like I’ve almost completely adjusted to the new pattern and I have to admit, against my prior beliefs, that I do actually feel healthier physically and emotionally.
I’ve often strived to achieve balance in my life, following the philosophy of the stoics to reduce the stress and anxiety I feel, and changing sleeping patterns to get up and go to bed early is another step on that journey.
It’s taken me a while to learn to value wellness and balance in life over productivity, but I feel like I’m going the right way.
This has all come about from regularly being exposed to articles about productivity and life improvement that I might initially be skeptical of or in some cases just disagree with. I used to disagree that getting up early was one of the keys to a more productive life, but now I’m seeing a shift in myself from trying it. If we all just tried the things that are meant to be good for us, and reserved judgement of the results until we can be completely sure we were right all along, we’ll make much more progress in our path to the kind of people we want to be than if we always play it safe.
That just leaves the other recommendations that I have so far ignored, such as proper daily exercise which besides improving health, also stimulates the mind. I’ve been thinking of doing a stretching routine that I read about in an interesting article, I’ll have to do some research to find one I can stick to easily and then build from there!