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22 March 2010 @ 07:07 am
Day One of the Stepcase LifeHack Five Day Become an Early Riser Challenge  
So, today is my first day in the Stepcase Lifehack Become an Early Riser In Five Days Challenge.

I saw the challenge in my RSS feeds when he first posted it on Saturday but waited until Sunday night to commit to it. One of the reasons I waited was that I was fighting with myself over time. I have a habit of taking a thing that looks like a good thing and doing it to extremes contributing to my own failure at times. I've been working a great deal lately on fighting that tendency. So, when I got all excited about this lifehack and thought I'd get up at 5am every day, I then took a day and a half to check myself and decided that 6am was more realistic. Zig Zigglar says to make your goals realistic and attainable, and incremental. If I want 5am, I can do 6 for a while first.

Now, do you realize that getting up at 6am instead of 8am every day for 5 days gives me an extra 10 hours a week? How crazy is that? After my affirmation this morning (day 9 of 21 yay!) I took a long thoughtful shower to contemplate my 10 extra hours this week. At first I started listing through all the business stuff I could accomplish that really just needs to get done (I hate that word "need").

Then I thought about The Karate Kid. Since there is a sequel coming out shortly I wanted short stuff to see the original so we watched it this weekend. So, while I was in the shower thinking of all the business related things I could finish during my extra 10 hours I instead remembered Mr Miagi's voice saying "You remember lesson about balance? Lesson not only about Karate, lesson about whole life" and I thought "This 10 hours is me time for creating my balance".

That being said, this is my commitment to you (and I expect you to hold me to it). I will spend these 10 hours finding balance. Here is my plan for the week. I plan to do an activity and a blog each day this week.

Monday (Today):
    Blog (this one) about 5 day Challenge and Balance.

    Activity: Begin Bedroom management.

footnote: My bedroom is a mess, and when your day starts every day surrounded in mess then your mind is a mess all day. I plan to rectify that situation this week. Today will be laundry and straighting some stuff that is being stored there.

    Blog about Affirmations and Questions because I've gotten several questions about these.

    Activity: Finish room straightening (yes, it will take two days).

    Blog about Mentors (I've been meaning to write this one for a while).

    Activity: Build 3 sets of shelves in my bedroom for the random stuff that has been organized in neat piles and start populating the shelves.

    Blog open blog question... Are you a friend of mine (or just a reader) and wonder why I have one of the weird habits that I have. Most of my habits are deliberate. Ask me in comments here and I may use it for my Thursday blog.

    Activity Build my bed... yes, that's right, my matress and box springs have been on the floor ever since I left the friar lane house (never even built the bed at the last house) so I'm going to build out the frame and put the bed on it.

    Activity (swoosh, did you catch that reversal?) I'm going to the gym. It has been over a year since the last time I went to the gym, 8 months since the dojo, and near 6 months since fest, nothing is keeping me in shape these days. But, I realized today, that getting up at 6 gives me time to get to the gym, workout, dress for the day there, and come home in time to get short stuff to school.

    Blog You get to hear me whine about how much it hurts to work out again.

There, that is my commitment to you guys, and well, to my self, but I'm counting on you guys to keep me accountable.

Lets do this thing!
Kristenpixiebelle on March 22nd, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
I need to get back to being an early riser. When I worked, getting up at 5:45 was a breeze for me (but I had to go to bed no later than 10 PM,. that is my major problem). My schedule is all messed up now.

When you are done organizing your bedroom, you can always help me with mine :-p Mine is a mess too and I agree, waking up to a mess like that makes you feel messy all day. My boxed spring was tore up by a giant dog (not naming names), so my room looks a bit ghetto too.

Your post inspired me though. Maybe I will work on my room and organizing other things too now...
Gypsyhightekvagabond on March 22nd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yay for inspiration!

I put away 2 weeks worth of laundry this morning, and cleaned up just the space around my bed, and made my bed.

I felt very accomplished.
Kristenpixiebelle on March 22nd, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
I hate to put away laundry. Glad to know I am not the only one who has two weeks (or so) to put away :-p

Yay for accomplishment!
Gypsyhightekvagabond on March 22nd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
There was a cute lifehacker (not stepcase lifehack) the other day for laundry.... it was on hanging shirts, I used it today... what you do is pull the shirts out of the basket one at a time and put them on your arm (right side out) with the neck near your arm pit and the bottom near your wrist... stack as many up your arm as you can, then go to the stack of hangers, grab each hanger by the hook with the hand that has shirts on it, then pull down a shirt... poof the shirt is on a hanger, just hang it and grab the next one.... it's a nice process and makes it feel like you are being more efficient.

Kristenpixiebelle on March 22nd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
I need to remember that one for sure.

I might have to check out lifehack for other ideas as well now...
Gypsyhightekvagabond on March 22nd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I have both lifehack.org and lifehacker.com in my rss feeds....

lifehack.org tends to be more phillisophical and talk about how you manage your life from a thought process way.

lifehacker.com tends to be more tactical in nature
Kristenpixiebelle on March 22nd, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestions :)
imafarmgirlimafarmgirl on March 22nd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds great. I'm sure this will help you a lot. I know for myself I just don't feel right if things in the house are off.
Gypsyhightekvagabond on March 22nd, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Isn't having everything in it's place kind of a requirement for you? Being blind and all? I mean, I'm just referencing the movie "Butterflies are Free" but still...
imafarmgirlimafarmgirl on March 23rd, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Never seen that movie. Blind people are supposed to be organized. It helps, but it's almost a mental health thing for me. lol.
Gypsyhightekvagabond on March 23rd, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
It is a very old movie, Goldie Hawn was a teen ager in it.

The boy who is blind who lives in the unit next to her gets around really well in his own apartment and she doesn't know he is blind at first (partially because she is blond). But, she moves the ash tray and he starts smoking and after a while she asks him if he knows something about tables that she doesn't that cigarette ashes are good for them or something. That is when he explains that he is blind and when she moves things he doesn't know where they are. I was pretty young when I saw that movie but it was a huge ah-ha moment for me so it always stuck with me.

That and he plays a song on his guitar called "Butterflies are free" and that song is in my range so I sing it a lot.

imafarmgirlimafarmgirl on March 23rd, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
I'll have to add it to my netflix list. Then I can tell you which parts are true and which aren't.

Moving things are highly irritating and I hate it when people do that to me. Grins.
Greybeautyofgrey on March 23rd, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
This is pretty awesome. I'm an early riser by necessity, but I'd much rather stay up late and sleep in. I like the idea of framing it in such a positive manner, though.

If only it didn't require constant caffeination!
Gypsyhightekvagabond on March 23rd, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
I had noticed a significant usage of Mt Dew about 2 months ago and started cutting back, so I'm making it a point to take in less right now too... I've been doing deep breathing exercises and drinking tea.