I get up every morning at 5 AM. I wish I could tell you I don’t use and alarm to do so. But I would be lying. I don’t LIKE getting up at 5 AM, but I learned something a few years ago I couldn’t deny had a sound theory. It was advice given to me by a millionaire. I have a goal of having personal, one-on-one interactions with at least 3 millionaires every year. I typically meet the goal super early in the year. It is amazing how many people you can meet who have a net worth of over $1,000,000.00 if you are looking for them.
The advise given was this: “Everyone has the same amount of time in a day, week, month, and year. Oprah and Warren Buffet don’t have more time than you and I. They just do things with their time that make them rich. If you want more than 18 hours to get stuff done, you gotta give up things that take up your time. Maybe sleep is one of those things.” I couldn’t deny his reasoning. I had to rearrange some things in my life so I could devote time to things I said were important.
One of the things I did was I stopped staying up late. Most nights find me in bed around 930 PM – 1030 PM. It is rare to catch me up after that. The reasons I chose that time are varied but I have a routine I go through every morning which takes about an hour to complete. I learned the routine from Hal Elrod’s book “My Miracle Morning”. I will break my routine down in to the 10-minute parts for you and explain them in future posts. They are:
Each part gets a dedicated 10 minutes. After an hour, I have another couple of hours before I have to be at the office. I get to fill the time with whatever I want! Lately, the time has been filled with ruck marches with a 40 pound pack (another story for another time). The whole point of this is to be able to say that I have spent the first hour of my day doing things which help me to focus better.
Our days can get VERY busy VERY quickly. We have to make sure there is time built-in for JUST US. Since starting the process of building The Oak House, I found I have less and less time every day to be claimed as my own. I love my family. I love the work I do. But I also realize I must have time for ME if anything else is going to have the appropriate amount of attention paid to it. I gotta have my ME time. “My Miracle Morning” has helped me get there. It could benefit you as well.