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Over the past couple months I have been taking on more and more responsibilities at the office.  Trying to be maximize efficiencies, boost production, more dinero.  You know the drill.  I have stretched myself into new areas, such as social media.  What the heck am I doing???   As a result, I have found myself with not enough hours in the day to achieve my work/life balance.   The only solution I could figure out was to extend my days, make them longer.  I read up on successful people and their sleep patterns.  At 51 years old, do I need to sleep more than six hours per night?

 

Kobe Bryant at the ESPYS:

“We’re not on this stage just because of talent or ability.” “We’re up here because of 4 a.m.

We’re up here because of two-a-days or five-a-days.

We’re up here because we had a dream and let nothing stand in our way. If anything tried to bring us down, we used it to make us stronger.”

 

Well, I’m a HUGE Laker fan and if it’s good for Kobe, it’s good for me!

So, I fired it up.  Beginning last Monday, I set my alarm clock at 4AM and got rolling.   Respond to work emails, set up my work day, get a run in, walk the dog and get the kiddos ready for school.  All before 7AM!   First couple days found me dragging a bit, but I steadily picked up steam as the week went on.  I am waking up a few minutes before my AC/DC Back in Black alarm signal and feel a ton of energy all day.  Super productive, great workouts and there for my family.

Cannot wait for week 2 and more improvements!

Movie Review:  Fences.  I can see why Denzel garners Oscar nomination here.  Powerful performance, one of his best.

Weather Prediction:  Lots of rain in SoCal.  Stay Dry!

 

Here are a couple references on early morning wake up productivity:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/because-4am-brett-hagler

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-4-a-m-is-the-most-productive-hour-1471971861?mod=trending_now_4

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/29/why-tim-cook-sallie-krawcheck-and-other-successful-people-wake-up-at-4-am.html

 

Have a great and safe weekend.

  • BV

One Response to “4AM”

  1. David Hancock

    I definitely try to get a head start on my workday. Unless I get to the office before others, I feel like I am already behind before my day even starts. However, it must take some serious motivation and discipline to start at 4am. I’m curious how you organize your time during those extra hours. Are you using the alone time to work toward specific goals? Or are you just trying to get a jump start on the day’s tasks? I’d be curious to hear about techniques you use to track progress against goals.

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