Alarm Clock

The 24-hour time limit can be a pain in the butt sometimes. Most of us have to spend 8 hours a day outside our homes, and an extra 30 minutes to 2.5 hours on commuting. If we allocate another 8 hours to slumber, what are we left with? Roughly 6 hours, right? That includes the time we need for cooking, doing the laundry, washing the dishes, taking a shower, et cetera.

But when we come back home in the evening, what do we usually have in mind? At least I want to crash on the sofa and relax. I’m too exhausted to start thinking about other projects when I’ve been dealing with projects for the whole day. I just want to have the evening off.

Evenings are full of distractions

Say, we have 4 hours of dedicated free time per day. Not too bad. It’s true, we can accomplish a lot in 4 hours. But the question is, will we have the energy to study after a full workday? It won’t be easy with all the mental and physical distractions.

  • “I’m tired. I wanna sleep.”
  • “I wanna lie down on the couch and listen to music or watch TV.”
  • “I should spend time with [spouse’s name].”
  • “I wanna have fun with the kids.”
  • “I have to help them with their homework.”
  • “I have to call grandma about the cake recipe.”
  • “I wanna play Fallout.”
  • “My brain isn’t connected to a power supply.”
  • “I don’t want to do anything right now.”

Sound familiar? It’s only natural to have those emotions. But notice that they are a major cause of procrastination. We might be overcharged with energy on some days, but we obviously shouldn’t count on a fickle perk like that. We aren’t going to be very productive if our working habits are solely based on spasmodic actions. We need consistency to be successful. We need to plan our studies so that we would effectively. The best method for that, as I’ve personally found out, is to wake up earlier and end your daily studies (or any personal work for that matter) before you go to work or school.

The magic of mornings

This is something that I didn’t notice until recently. I’m still a college student so I’m supposed to have a lot of time on my hands, but I love to sleep in so that cuts down the number of hours I can spend doing other things. There are many things I want to do. Of course I can choose to stay up late every night and try to do as much as possible, but it doesn’t always work out that easily. But after adopting the new habit of getting up earlier, I’ve come to believe that there’s some sort of +10 boost to the productivity attribute in the morning.

It actually makes sense because we’re a lot fresher in the morning. We haven’t done anything yet, so our mana pools are still filled to the brim. So why not start the day by completing your personal tasks first?

If you’re planning to learn a new skill like creating websites or oil-painting, instead of leaving it for the evening, get it off your list in the morning. Get up 2–3 hours earlier than usual. Dedicate those hours to completely immersing yourself in the task. Shut out all other distractions like email, cell phones, TV, radio, and then focus on your task. You have all the energy do things, so get some breakfast and embark on your mission.

If you follow this strategy, you’ll have all your evenings off. You will at the same time eliminate any worries you might have about not achieving your goals, because you’ve already fulfilled your duties for the day, and you’re actively progressing toward your goals. No more procrastination.