Being that I don’t see my schedule becoming less congested any time soon, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding more time to my day, mostly to make sure I get my butt to the gym. There are weeks where I have commitments every night, and then I feel extremely guilty for not breaking a sweat for five days. How am I supposed to do it all?
Now, 5:00 AM may seem ridiculously early, but as Jeff Sanders puts it, it’s all about “training like a tortoise.” Life in itself is already a marathon, but there’s no reason to be all ‘hare’ about it. After reading his “Seven Steps to Becoming a Morning Person,” I was pretty convinced that I could maybe possibly break my habit of needing 14 hours of sleep (a slight exaggeration for story-telling purposes) and waking up to start a stress-free day. In the past, I snooze until the last possible second, and that just leads to my day beginning behind schedule. That in itself is exhausting. Jeff suggests taking a few days to train yourself to waking 15 minutes earlier, and then for the next few days waking up 30 minutes earlier and so on. The most important thing is to take it slow and not get overwhelmed. This process is about you, after all!
Take a look at Sanders’s seven steps:
1. Drink the Kool-Aid and Embrace Your Inner Flanders (Ned Flanders)
2. Train Like a Tortoise
3. Send Yourself to Caffeine Rehab
4. Reschedule Late-Night Activities
5. Build a Boundary and Get To Bed
6. Turn Back the Clock Just a Little
7. Wake Up and Do Something Positive
For a deeper inside to this amazing (and successful) program, check out JeffSanders.com.
As a Texas native, Braden Bradley made the move to New York City in 2010 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas State University to experience the opportunities the city has to offer. After being named Mr. Gay New York, starring in Pride: The Series, maintaining his charity column in Social Life Magazine, and volunteering for The Trevor Project, Braden discovered that life is truly what we make of it. He is also an active member of the Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village and can be found singing in the gospel choir. Braden currently works as a publicist in New York City.
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