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Adding More Hours to My Day

Adding More Hours to My Day

I don’t like defining myself by using the word “not.” Remember what happened when I got tired of saying that I wasn’t a runner? I ran a half marathon. Last week, I also shared one of my bad habits with you. While we’re on the subject, I go to bed too late (usually after midnight) almost every weeknight. This makes working out in the morning difficult. Instead, I sleep until 7:45am and get to work by 9:15am. I do enjoy working out at night, but it doesn’t always fit into my schedule. If there’s an event or dinner I want to attend in the evening, I do adjust my schedule to work out in the morning. And I love it. I love that I walk into the office with endorphins flowing, ready to take on the day. It even makes me feel a little bit badass to be one of those people who’s disciplined enough to skip the snooze button and head to the gym. So, why don’t I make working out in the morning a healthy habit? Why don’t I get more sleep and allow myself that badass feeling every day?

I’m not going to say that I’m not a morning person. Habits are choices.

After work and the gym, I spend the rest of the evening answering emails and drafting blog posts. But for that last hour of the day, I’m usually wasting time on social media. I’m waiting to see if anyone tweets something funny or posts a new Instagram picture. I’d like to say that I’m kidding, but I’m not. In fact, I don’t think I’m alone in this habit. And haven’t we all wished that there were more hours in the day? Well, I’m going to create one (or a few) more. I’m going to shut down before midnight and take back that hour of sleep, so I can be up an hour or more earlier to work out. But this will give me back more than one hour in my day if you take a look at my schedule.

7:45 Wake up
9:15 Get to work
6:30 Leave work
7:00 Work out
8:30 Get home
9:00 Eat dinner
10:00 Emails & blog
12:00 Social media
1:00 Fall asleep
6:30 Wake up
7:00 Work out
9:00 Get to work
6:30 Leave work
7:00 Get home
7:30 Eat dinner
8:30 Emails & blog
12:00 Fall asleep

Ideally, I would be able to fall asleep one night at midnight and wake up the next morning ready to go. Then I’d do that day after day. I don’t think it’s going to be that easy because I’m not tired at midnight every night. I know that’s crazy. I might have to adjust my bedtime 15 minutes at a time, until everything’s on track. This isn’t like one of my mini goals that I set at the end of every month. It should be a lifestyle change. I’m going to work on it in hopes that I’ll be working out almost every morning a few weeks from now. I’ve heard that it takes somewhere around one month for a habit to stick. My 26th birthday is in a little more than one month, so I’m aiming to start that year off with more hours in my day. I’ll be sure to update you on my progress along the way.

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  • Reply Chris @ ifailedfran

    I really really really wanted this to be me as well. I wanted to find a way to go to bed earlier and get up earlier and workout before heading to my job. However that just wasn’t a practical situation for me. (had to leave for work by 5:30 and my body was not going to bed at 9 to wake up at 4 AM… wasn’t happening) But now my situation has changed and I should try this again. I love your idea of extra time, it’s like a reward that you can fill pretty much with anything and not feel guilty about it! Thanks for sharing and good luck getting to bed earlier. If I see you tweeting I’ll be sure to holler at you about lights out. =)

    June 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Kristin J

    Thankfully I have a scheduled class time at my Crossfit box for the 6pm class. It stays as part of my schedule. However, my M-W-F I find myself struggling to get out of bed to go for a run or to do cardio. If I went to bed earlier I think that would help! I’m constantly on social media and I know I need to cut that way back!

    June 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I love this idea! I am going to do it too – who knew I would become that girl that needs to start working out in the mornings. Guess its now going to be a dumbbells with one-eye open kinda summer.

    June 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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