What would you do with an extra hour a day? Learn a new language? Start a business? Write a book? Learn a new skill? If you have the motivation and desire to use this extra hour, it can be yours.
Most people are under the impressions that they need eight hours a day of sleep because this is what they believe the average person requires.
Ironically, the symptoms of not getting enough sleep are very similar to those of getting too much sleep. So based on eight hours sleep, eight hours of work, we should all have eight hours to ourselves?
I have personally experienced sleeping patterns based on motivation-or mental state. When I am motivated and highly involved in a project, I am awakened each morning around 4am with a burning desire to work on the project. During these times, my mind remains sharp, I have plenty of energy throughout the day and I sleep like a baby at night-for about 6 hours each night. During times when I am less involved in projects I sleep around 8 hours. Last time I did this I ended up writing a book in 35 days, in a language which is not my mother tongue.
I have also found at times when I deprive myself of my required sleep, a mid day, 15-30 mins “power nap” on my desk chair does wonders for both my physical and mental state.
If there were ever a way to “buy more time”, this is it. However time is not for sale; it is your for the taking.
What you need to give in return is passion and motivation to get up the extra hour or two earlier- getting up to do household chores won’t do.
Give this a try by adjusting your body at a pace it can handle. After all, we still have 1/3 of our 24 hours uncomfortable, so that eight hours a day to play with! As someone who serve in the military, the one thing I am always accountable for, is my time, and I don’t wear a watch!
Start by getting up an extra 15 minutes earlier tomorrow. Spend this time on your personal development. Once you have a reason and desire to getting up earlier, you will.
I am a multi winning award veteran, best selling author of Leavers to Leaders. A seven steps methodology for anyone who is ready to accelerate their career development. As a sugar cane boy, I grow up in Mauritius surrounded by sugar cane plantation- this is where my basic training about life started. In the last 20 years, I have successfully engaged and transitioned across government, military, business and the 3rd sector to become an entrepreneur and beyond. I believe environment dictates performance and you gain more experience by exposing yourself to new environments.
Leave me your thoughts and comments on how you best manage your time, what works and what does not work. If your personal & professional development is important to you, then have a go at this tools I have developed for my readers of ‘Leaders to Leaders’, it is a 5 mins questions and you will get a 4 pages report of where you stand on your leadership influence.