It’s not a secret. I’m not – nor have I ever been – a morning person. Although, I would REALLY like to be.
Since leaving my full time job to pursue photography in June 2008, I developed the very bad habit of staying up until 2am/3am working and then sleeping in until 11am. EVERY DAY. And it’s terrible. I guess at first, it was nice. But now, I just feel mostly sluggish and unproductive.
It was this Monday at the Making Things Happen
workshop that I decided that things in my life have to change.
We had to do an exercise that had us list 10 things that make us feel the most alive…the most whole. My list in no particular order:
1. Drinking green tea and eating mint dark chocolate. 🙂
2. Playing with my dogs.
3. Candles burning (particularly pumpkin spice and cinnamon).
4. Cuddling with Geoff.
5. Having quiet time in prayer, bible reading, and journaling.
6. Fresh air.
7. Having a clean house.
8. Getting up at a decent hour, showering, and getting dressed before the day starts.
9. Cooking a meal.
10. Getting out of the house.
This list makes me feel great just reading it. So, I decided I’m going to find a way to implement more of these things in my daily life. And here’s how I’m going to do it:
1. Change what my day looks like….I need some structure!
The plan is to get up when Geoff gets up for work (7am). To ease this transition, I’ve decided to make use of the CD alarm clock we have next to the bed and set it to wake me up to something that says “it’s a great day today….get up and enjoy it!” (this morning, it was Leeland). I’m going to get up and get ready. I’m going to eat some breakfast with Geoff, take the dogs out, and spend some time reading/praying/journaling. The work day will start at 9am (in my office…not the couch) and will only be interrupted by TV with my lunch. I’m going to end work when Geoff ends work, cook dinner, and learn to enjoy the evenings more.
Now, I realize having a baby is going to throw a big wrench in this plan…but for now, I’m on board. 🙂
2. Get help.
I decided to give outsourcing another go. Erica
has already taken over all of the album design and I’m hooked up with an amazing lady to handle all of my bookkeeping. Most recently, I’ve begun to outsource the color correcting of the many thousands of images we shoot every week…this is a HUGE help. And soon, I’ll be seeking out an intern to help me with various things related to the business.
3. Have a clear plan/set goals (personal and business related) for the year, 5 years out, and 10 years out.
I think I need to have a retreat for myself soon to map all of this out. Perhaps I’ll hit up Crisp
one day next week….goal setting + caesar salad + sitting outside on their patio in the sun sounds pretty dang good to me. 🙂
I’m excited….today was day one…..and it’s been a great day. 🙂