Before Sunrise

It’s rare that I’m awake before sunrise and it’s not a period of time that I’m very familiar with. I had my alarm set for 6am, but for some reason I woke up naturally at around 4:30am. I tried to go back to sleep to no avail, so at 5:30am I decided to get up. Two things:

  1. It’s freezing at this time in the morning
  2. I didn’t know what to do with myself

I did feel a little hungry so I made myself a green smoothie while listening to a meditation playlist on Spotify (how very Youtube-esque of me). Then I sat down at my laptop (which I’d purposefully left on the dining table the night before) to see if I could write something. I was too cold to write anything, so I took my laptop and now I’m back in bed writing this.

In my “Perfect Work Weekday” post I outlined my desired morning routine which involved stretching/yoga in the morning. Ideally I will progress to that, but right now I’m taking my wins where I can get them and for today simply being awake before the sun rises and eating something healthy in the morning is enough.

If nothing else, being able to get myself out of bed this early feels like an achievement and I think that in itself is worth getting up for.

Here is my green smoothie recipe:

  • 4-5 chunks of frozen pineapple
  • 4-5 chunks of frozen mango
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
  • 1/5 of an avocado
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 green tea (cold or warm – warm if its cold weather to help balance out all the frozen fruit, otherwise the smoothie is too cold for the morning. Warm tea also makes the blending easier.)
  • A tablespoon of chia seeds
  • A drizzle of agave nectar

Sorry I don’t have a photo of my green smoothie in a mason jar like most hipsters – I’m too lazy and unorganised for that this early in the morning.

My Perfect Work Weekday

In my last post, I wrote about how my typical weekday plays out each and everyday. It’s not what I want and it is far, far, far from being perfect. However, I was in Kikki K a few days ago and I saw in one of their inspiration journals a question which asked you to describe your perfect day and what that would look like. So here is my perfect weekday and what it would look like. This is going to be my goal for the new few months until it becomes a habit.

Morning Routine

  • 5:00am – Wakeup and feed cat, make tea, drink tea
  • 5:15am – Stretch/yoga
  • 5:45am – Write at least one paragraph in my journal
  • 6:00am – Shower and get ready for work
  • 6:30am – Get dressed – choose a pre-planned outfit that is clean and already ironed
  • 6:50am – Catch bus to work
  • 7:20am – Get to work

Work Day

  • Check emails and respond to emails
  • Focus on Deep Work for 2 hours
  • Break
  • Focus on Deep Work for 2 hours
  • Lunch
  • Check emails and respond to emails
  • Focus on Deep Work for 1.5 hours
  • Break
  • Focus on Deep Work for 1 hour

After-Work Routine

  • 4:00pm – Walk from work to the gym
  • 4:30pm – Gym for 30-45mins
  • 5:15pm – Walk home from Gym
  • 6:00pm – Hug & feed cat
  • 6:10pm – Shower
  • 6:30pm – Make dinner
  • 7:00pm – Dinner
  • 7:30pm – Do 2 chores
  • 8:00pm – Write blog or journal or learn something
  • 8:30pm – Read for 45mins
  • 9:15pm – Get ready for bed
  • 9:30pm – Go to bed

If I could do the above, I think I would be very satisfied with my day and would feel that I’d achieved what I wanted to achieve. I’m going to ask my manager if I can start and finish an hour earlier (I think he would be ok with it). I find that if I get into the office earlier before everyone else gets there, its a lot easier for me to focus and that focus translates to the rest of the day too, so that overall I have a much more productive day.

Also, at the moment I am reading a book about ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport. I often find it hard to concentrate at work and will get sidetracked mid-way through a task, which means I just end up taking a lot longer than necessary to finish projects. I really want to change this so that I am more productive at work.