Sometime ago, I heard, Eric Thomas, talk about “3 O’clock noons”. What he was referring to was that many highly successful individuals wake up very early to focus and start their day to get as many hours of work done as possible. Over time, these hours compound. Eric Thomas’s talk intrigued me. Thus began my new early morning lifestyle.
Discovering My Productive Hours
When I worked from home for my first job, I had the opportunity to schedule very flexible work hours. After experimenting with different times of the day to wake up to begin work, I discovered that 2am-6am were my most productive hours. Distractions during these hours were nearly non-existent.
During my productive morning hours, I rarely feel any pressure or outside forces influencing me (Ex: emails, meetings, random messages). As a result, my mind is much more quiet and sharp. I produce some of my most significant work in the morning.
Wait, You Wake Up Too Early - Your Crazy
Yep, I go to sleep early and wake up early.
Sometimes, I go to sleep at 8am and wake up at 2am. Sometimes I go to sleep at 9pm and wake up at 3am. I LOVE waking up early. I have lots of goals and dreams and I know the only way to bring them alive is to take action.
I aim to sleep 6 hours everyday (inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger lifestyle). On the weekend, I sometimes sleep 7-8. My healthy eating habits and high intensity fitness regimen allows my body to increase it’s energy throughput and recover faster than most folks. This is why I don’t need 8 hours of sleep.
What I usually do during my morning hours is: catch up on my personal development (books, journaling), go the gym and work on my personal projects.
Adapting my Lifestyle to my Productive Hours
A few months ago I began a new job and made the transition from working remotely to working in an office setting. I have not let this deter me from waking up early. In fact, by necessity, I’ve had to find ways to be creative with my schedule, batch certain tasks and weed out inefficiencies in my life. I FEEL ALIVE waking up really early and it brings me happiness - that is why I sustain this lifestyle.
During what times of the day do you feel most productive & alive? If you’re not sure, I encourage you to find out; you won’t regret it.