Updated: May 15, 2020
Top of Mind: Lost Opportunity...
It may come as surprising but I love Naps. I would love to take a Nap Right Now! I am typing this from my home office in Orange County. Neena (My Beautiful wife) has been busy with cases (Attorney). There is a comfy couch behind me on the other side of the room, it is sunny and warm outside, and it’s Friday. I’ll turn on the TV, watch some CNBC, and doze off.
Taking a nap right during will just be punishing myself. I learnt this lesson a long time ago. When I began to wake up at 4:00 AM in the morning, I am consistently the first one in my office. It allowed me to get more work done and doubled my productivity.
Then in social situations with friends when taking about waking up at 4:00 am. I would get responses like
“Why do you wake up so early?...You know you need at least 8 hours of rest…”
“…You would be more productive if you got more sleep and started at 9:00 am”
But You know What?
Those responses has stuck with me for a long time because of how it made me feel. The Outlier. Why would I subject myself to normalcy of everyone else? Why should I punish myself by waking at the same standards? If I get up and take a nap right now, I’m only punishing myself, just as I would be if I woke up at 8:00 am. If I didn’t wake up at 4:00 am, I am 4 hours behind in the day, and I would feel even worse about punishing myself because I had a moment where I decided to be lazy.
It’s very hard to stay motivated when you are by yourself, in the comfort of your own home, and even harder to remind yourself that the only person that’s hurting is you.
But here’s how I remember it in my times of weakness, like right now when I’m thinking about that couch…
You need to be accountable to yourself before you can be accountable to anyone else. If you need external motivation of someone telling you what to do every day, make yourself your own external motivation. You’re letting yourself down. Doesn’t that suck to let yourself down?
Life in quarantine is teaching us many things about ourselves and what we as a society really value.
One thing you need to value yourself is yourself. Life is too short to be lazy for yourself.
If you’re finding a motivational trap this deep into quarantine, pick yourself up, and get back to it.