Your habits can either make you or break you. Over the last couple of weeks I have come to learn that it’s equally as hard to break bad habits as it is to create new ones. Being in school and employed provide structure. In school there is a syllabus that you are supposed to follow and a timetable that you are supposed to that helps with time management. With employment you are supposed to report and leave at a certain time and you have a job description that provides deliverables.
Being on your own is a whole other situation and if you are not careful you can end up wasting a lot of time and time sure does fly out here. In an ideal situation or rather what am striving towards is waking up at 5.30 a.m and have an hour of what I’d call self care. I learnt about the 20/20/20 rule from Robin Sharma’s book The monk who sold his Ferrari. That’s 20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of journaling and that for me would be morning pages then 20 minutes of learning and I’d spend those 20 minutes studying the Bible. I’d have planned out my tasks for that day the previous day and that would help me get right into work without getting side tracked.
In all honesty I think I’ve only had one such day. I either wake up and start scrolling through my phone or if I’ve not planned my day I end up with so many half done tasks. I haven’t really scheduled sleep time because I at times try to cover up for any time wasted during the day so I end up sleeping late which means waking up late.
This has been unsettling because I know what I should be doing and sticking to. It has got me thinking a lot and has shown me the importance of a routine. Life is not about just waking up and winging it as you go through your day. It’s about having goals that you want to achieve and not just achieve, goals that excite you and make you want to jump out of bed as soon as the alarm rings. It’s about having an action plan to crush those goals and being consistent with your daily actions. It’s about taking time to take stock and see where you are and it’s also about acknowledging that things won’t always go as planned.
Every next level of your life will demand a different you. If I am going to achieve what I have set out to do in this next level I need to be self disciplined, consistent, patient and willing to put in the work.