Early Riser Club. Membership, Me.
I typically wake up at 4:45 a.m. Yep 15 min before FIVE O’CLOCK in the morning, EVERYDAY.
On a regular morning I’m out the door 15 min later and driving to work (listening to a real estate podcast). I do that 4 days a week and I work 10 hour days. So I have three days a week (Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday) that I don’t go to my job and could sleep in like a boss.
But, those “non-working” days, I STILL get up at 4:45 a.m. No, I’m not a natural early riser. It’s a conscious act to set my alarm and drag my ass out of bed. It also requires forethought in the evening. If I say, “Ahhhhhhh….tomorrow is Tuesday so I’ll stay up until 11 or 12 tonight”, then I’ll be butt hurting even more in the morning and probably get squat done on REI.
I killed my cable TV subscription months ago. I have a Roku to watch streaming stuff, but that’s only when my wife and I decide to watch something together. No channel surfing, or mindless TV indulgence. For 35 years of my life TV has been my mistress, I was with her hours a day. The bitch would zap hours from my life and I was no better off. A few years ago I cut out news of any kind, TV, websites, or newspapers. That has been a real mind expander. I feel no less connected to the world, but I don’t have to listen to all the BULLSHIT used to sell news. My TV addiction is quickly following suit. I don’t miss that time whore. After my kid is asleep I will spend some time with my wife and then read before bed. Cutting out my TV mistress has helped get me in bed earlier so I can stick with my 4:45 wake ups.
So my Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings from 4:45 until 7 a.m. are filled with Real Estate pursuits. That’s 6 more hours a week I can work directly on my REI business. Not counting the entire day I get every Tuesday to focus directly on REI. By working 4 ten hour days, I get one off. I could take Monday or Friday off to have a nice 3 day weekend, maybe spend it with my TV mistress. I tried that, but I ended up just staying on the weekend mindset and chilling out versus getting to work. I find that going back to work on Monday gets my brain reset and plugged back in. Tuesday arrives and I can really dig in and accomplish REI goals.
If I include my drive time (8 hours a week = 1 hr each way X 4 days), my waking up early time (6 hours a week = 2 hrs X 3 days), and my Tuesday day off (8 hrs, 1 day/week), that’s 22 hyper focused hours per week I know are directed towards quitting my job. That doesn’t include the time I sneak at work or when I get a Saturday or Sunday to work on REI as well.
Fuck this job. Hello 4:45 a.m.
It’s currently 5:21 a.m., I hope you aren’t sleeping.