Happy New Year!
If you have been keeping up on my blog, you know that most mornings I have chosen to take a few hours to study coding, and have been doing so consistently since August 2016.
Here are a couple of articles that have really helped me stay focused on my studies…
Maybe they will help you with what you want to accomplish in 2017!
8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8am (by Benjamin Hardy)
This was the first article I read by Benjamin Hardy and I read it at the beginning of the summer (which really helped me to jump into those cold showers… much more challenging in December!)
But it also got me to realize that the best time to leverage is the morning and that if I am willing to get up before work and before everyone else in the house, I can create a consistent schedule and goals that take methodical behavior (like learning to code).
This Morning Routine Will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week (also by Benjamin Hardy)
This was a good follow-up to the first article because it taught me to value my mornings as the best time to do heavy lifting with my brain.
I now guard my mornings carefully. It took several months to teach those around me not to disturb me between 5am-8am, but they can see the positive changes in me from this discipline I have adopted.
I often accomplish much more than the 3-5 hours of focused morning work, but it is nice to know that if my afternoons get busy with unimportant activities or life-maintenance habits (like sorting receipts), I have made strides in my life in the first portion of the day.
It also allows me to *gasp* have more fun later in the day!
I make my strides first thing in the morning and allow myself to blow off a little steam at the end of the day.
That offers me a greater sense of joy that allows me to work harder and with greater mental clarity the next day.
It is draining to chain myself to a computer for 12 hours straight in the name of “working hard” but if I can accomplish the same thing in 4 hours by staying focused and change up my focus with tasks away from the computer for the rest of the day, I can come back stronger at the computer the next day. 🙂