Once I got back from Europe, I decided instead of suffering to overcome the Jet Lag I would leverage it to do something I have always wanted to try: Waking up at 4:30am. I have read many accounts of how successful people woke up very early.
Unfortunately I have always thought of myself as a Night Owl, basically only woke up early but I was very far from being fully functional in the early stages of the day.
It was at night time when I felt my productivity and creative were both at their highest level, when I ran my own company most of the actual work was done dark into the night; The first part of the day consisted in getting through the clutter, email, meetings, phones calls.
Switching to a schedule that goes against what my natural circadian rhythm has been for years is going to be a challenge, but the benefits could really justify the the effort.
After a week of trial, here is some ming boggling math that substantiates the benefits of this change so far:
- Traffic congestion inbound to work - 10 avg mins waiting for a car, - 12 avg mins of traffic
- Traffic congestion outbound from work - 12 avg mins waiting for a car, - 14 avg mins of traffic ,
- Waiting time to elevator: - 4 avg mins morning, - 2 avg mins lunch time, 4 mins avg return lunch time, 3 mins avg leaving
- Elevator trip: - 1.10 secs avg morning, - 0.50 mins afternoon
Total: Just the savings in time alone, we are looking at approximately one hour a day, so 5 hours a week over 20 hours a month, this is 2 and a half additional working days added to my life!
The biggest effort and variation comes in the form energy and general well being. I decided to separate both because I have had days where I am full of energy but my overall well being is not the best.
They appear to be two separate things, one is the fuel to do things, the other is related to satisfaction, joy and general happiness. I also did not add the weekends as they would introduce too much noise into the data as stress levels are reduced and the sleep schedule was slightly altered. (not entirely)
Below is the initial data set:
- Overall energy levels steadily increasing,
- Initial dip was due to getting a minor cold during this time,
- Significant gap between morning and afternoon energy,
- Energy levels trend is in sync trend wise between afternoon and morning despite the gap between both.
Continue tracking, consider adding "night-time" as an additional data point. The impact of this change in the quality of my life has been massive at this point, I will do a follow up on this post once I hit week 6.