I am a morning person. I love to get up with the sun, and get my day started early. Throughout the years I have found that I am the most productive early on, and as the day wears on I start to lose focus. My body usually has plenty of energy throughout the day, but my mind begins to turn off somewhere around 3:30 in the afternoon, and by 9:00 I am not nearly as sharp as I could be. Thus, I became a morning person in order to make the most of my day, this is how.
I love the summer; not only for the nice weather, and being able to be outside, but also for the long days. Living in Montana, we get to enjoy a 5:30 am sunrise and a 9:30 pm sunset, the length of day makes it so much easier to be productive.
Since during the summer it tends to get real hot in the afternoon, I will often structure my day to do chores and physical activity outside in the morning. This means cutting the grass, tending the garden, repairs to the house, and anything else that requires me to be outside. I can enjoy the day before it gets too hot. When it starts to heat up too much, I head back inside and I fire up the computer. I can work for a few hours before the mid-afternoon weariness sets in. If I do it right, I can use the late afternoon and evening to relax knowing that I accomplished a great deal already.
So you may wonder where I am going with this. There are two takeaways here that can help you with your financial journey.
First, having organization to your day will help you be more productive. This is precisely why I maintain to-do lists. I know that if the morning is my time to get started on some of my projects, I am less likely to lounge around under the apple tree drinking mimosas and being lazy (although that does sound like fun to be had on occasion). By organizing what is to be done the night before, I can get up, enjoy 30 minutes of coffee as the day gets started, and then tackle my to-do list. For those who claim they do better without a list, try it for a week. I bet you will be much more productive when you have a visual representation of everything that needs to be done.
Wrapping It Up
You may notice that the title says why I used to enjoy mornings. It is a little misleading. I still enjoy the mornings, but for an entirely different reason. I now stay home and take care of my son 3 days out of the week (he is rapidly approaching a year and a half old). No longer is there such a thing as a “leisurely” cup of coffee. Instead it is sneak sips of coffee while playing legos, dinosaurs, noisy button things, all while grumbling that it is 5:00 am and he is wired. Of course it means cramming my work into nap times, and evenings, but I still get to get up and enjoy every morning; even if it’s not “productive.”
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