I’m not a morning person. I never have been and I don’t anticipate that I ever will be. This is why, for me, the best time to write a blog post — or a killer review, for that matter — is shortly after dinner. It’s during that time that I’m the most alert, the most prolific, and probably the most productive. Unfortunately, rolling out of bed at noon can’t possibly be healthy either.
I have trouble convincing myself to get out of bed in the morning, and I’m pretty sure that I am not alone in this predicament. It’s a good thing that I don’t have a set schedule, but it’s still important for me to start writing at a reasonable hour. Blogging about the latest and greatest technology for Mobile Magazine is a very time-sensitive issue. What’s news today may not be news tomorrow. As such, waking up at an earlier hour is quickly becoming one of my goals for 2008. Working through the night isn’t exactly fun.
Motivation is likely one of the most critical factors involved, but there are obviously other elements involved. For example, it might be smart to lay off caffeine for a while. Caffeine can cause massive swings in energy, and because of its addictive nature, it can sometimes to be difficult to get going in the morning without a dose of coffee. By weaning myself from this practice, I can better rely on internal processes to get going in the morning.
There’s usually quite a bit on my plate at any given time, but taking well-deserved breaks could help me retain a decent energy level. I made it a point to not do any work this past weekend and it was refreshing to stay away from the computer for that long. I actually got to live life, instead of experiencing it vicariously through Facebook updates and YouTube videos.
The mornings where I am able to wake up at a reasonable hour are also the ones where I feel obligated to do so or where there is something particularly time-sensitive that I must attend to. I can wake up to drive Susanne to work and I can wake up to catch a flight to Vegas, so this proves that it is wholly possible for me to wake up if I need to. It’s just a matter of convincing myself that I need to.
One last area of my life that I should probably pay more attention to is fitness. As you recall, fitness is one of the five Fs of success and it’s one that I’ve been neglecting. Studies have shown that a proper exercise regimen can bring about an equivalent level of endorphins as antidepressant medication. I wouldn’t say that I’m depressed, but I could certainly use a little more energy.
Maybe it’s time to go for a run… then I can actually wake up tomorrow morning before the clock shows PM.