Motivation: Maybe You Should Get Out Of Bed

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I hate interruptions.

 

It’s not that I don’t love the people interrupting me. It’s not that I don’t want to help with the emergency situation at the time (like my husband not being able to find his shoes, keys, hat, phone, the bread, etc). I really do. I like being helpful.

 

But.

 

When I’m designing (or planning, editing, writing) and I’m on a roll - I inwardly groan whenever that interruption happens. Something in my creative brain stops working and I have a really hard time picking up where I left off. Or I can’t find my mouse or my pen. And then the phone rings. Sigh.

 

I know I’m not the only one that feels like there’s never enough solid, non-interrupted time to work. Maybe you feel like you’re wearing too many hats and never have time to rock all of them. Or maybe you feel selfish or guilty for taking some time to work on your dream.

 

The problem isn’t our work.

The problem is our timing.

 

We just have to find those time gaps that don’t affect anyone else. Maybe it’s during the family nap or after everyone goes to bed at night. I’m going to suggest something that may seem offensive to you haha…

 

Maybe you need to wake up early.  

 

Pick a few days a week to wake up before the sun. Depending on when your family wakes up, that could be a full 2-3 hours of uninterrupted you + your dream work time.

 

In Jon Acuff’s book Start, he writes: “The mornings I get up and write from 5: 00 to 5: 30, you’d be surprised at how infrequently my wife tells me I’ve been ignoring her. You’d be shocked at how rarely my oldest daughter wants me to watch her jump rope before the sun breaks the horizon. You may even be mystified at how seldom my youngest daughter asks to go bike riding at 5: 15 a.m.”

 

I’ve been getting up around 6am on weekdays for almost two months and I ACTUALLY really like it now. My phone doesn’t ring. There aren’t toddlers crawling all over my keyboard. I actually remember to read my Bible. Sometimes? I even get up the energy to exercise (Meaning it happened once haha).

 

I used to be a night owl and was sure that there was no way I could be creative or even functioning before 8am. But you’d be surprised what a quiet house, a coffee and some good music up in my headphones can do.

 

Want to try it?

Here’s what you do:

  1. Download the Maximize your Mornings ebook for help.
  2. Make a really good music playlist for your morning. (This helps me stay awake AFTER I get up.)
  3. Set your alarm and get out of bed. (You can even get right back in after a few minutes if it helps at first.)
  4. Then go be awesome. Read your Bible. Do your planning. Maybe even go for a run. Uninterrupted.

 

Stay motivated! Xo, Laurie

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