It might seem crazy, coming from an advocate of waking up early, but sometimes if you feel drained, waking up later than usual is needed.
Don’t get me wrong. I still wake up every day from 4:00-6:00. But having this window where sometimes I can wake up at 6:00 if I had a late evening is a life saviour. If I had an emergency that had to be dealt with and I went to sleep at 24:00, of course, I will not be waking up at 4:00. I would not be able to get enough sleep, and my productivity will be 0 for the next day and possibly for the next week.
This situation allows me to wake up at 6:00 and get a decent amount of sleep, decent enough that would force me to go to bed at around 20:00-22:00 and get enough sleep for the next day. If I was forced to wake up at 4:00 due to my regime, I wouldn’t be able to function and catch up on sleep without relying on sleeping way too much the next day.
Breaking the routine
What are the effects of having a window instead of set time?
First off, it breaks the routine. Of course, that is not something that I want and something that I am happy with. But this also allowed me to look at what and how I do it to min-max and optimise it.
By experiencing a different iteration of timings, I was able to understand what can be improved and what can be adjusted. It also confirmed my understanding that waking up as early as possible is a gamechanger.
Even after 2 weeks of trying this out, it still enables me to improve.
This also allowed me to be more flexible with the way I do the routine and how I do it. Now when I wake up at 4:00 due to extra time, I am able to do the habits in much greater details and spend more time on each habit which in turn leads to better and much higher output.
Taking a step back
The most important part of this, that it has finally made me understand that taking a step back is crucial.
Doing the same thing every day is boring, and I have fallen in love with the boredom, but the problem for me was seeing where exactly I am going. With being able to have more time overall to spend on the habits and compare the different new approach has allowed me to really understand the progress that has already been made and where exactly it can go after a certain time passes.
Overall this has taught me that breaking the rules and trying a different approach is a must in anything that we do. If we don’t try we would never know, and if we try and fail, we can always go back to what already worked for us, the only payment would be the time that we spent.
But what is more worth for you? Time or experience? Only you can decide.
Start now. Get perfect later.