1 week of early-birding begins!
My partner recently read an article about the improvements to life a 5am start
time can have. The article argues that our best excuses for not accomplishing
things are lack of time, but that we waste so much of it in the evening watching
television or scrolling on our phones. Instead, if we rise early, we can get
work done, be productive, learn a skill, etc. So my partner and I are committing
to one full week of “early birding” to try it out.
I have a few counter-arguments to toss at the article, first:
- So I want to first point out that 5am wake-ups are not for everybody, and
switching over can be jarring. Maintaining a good sleep schedule is hard and
necessary. The sleep hierarchy of importance is something like
- hours slept
- actual schedule
- The time “wasted” in the evening is just as critical to our brain’s function
as sleep: we must let our brain’s rest for them to continue productively.
Extreme brain-paces are hard to maintain; rest is good. (Am I arguing that
the best form of that rest is Netflix or Instagram? No. I prefer a combo of
Netflix, music, books, video games, talking, walks, etc., on some kind of
rotation. But the rest is critical.)
- Just because I get up early, doesn’t mean I am going to be productive. I
could shunt all my non-productive habits to the morning. (Thankfully, though,
On to the main event.
Well, we slept until 6am today, because my partner does not have 6am yoga to get
to. And 5 is really tough when I don’t have class until 11:15am.
Nevertheless, here’s what I accomplished this morning:
- unpacked from Fall Break vacation
- clipped my fingernails
- did my morning “screen time” (mostly vi.stackexchange.com)
- checked emails
- updated my lists of stuff
- filed a bug report
- wrote a few lines of code
- wrote this article
All before 9:45am.
I have plans to deal with some podcasts and readings this morning in the time
remaining. See everyone tomorrow, bright and early!