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The first of my 'small changes'
1. Try to wake up at 4 am
* Sleep by 10pm
* Drink 1-2 glasses of water before sleeping
* Wake up to answer nature's call
* Walk around the house for 10 minutes after the trip to the washroom
-> Key take aways:
It took me just 2 days to start waking up at 4am. Mostly because sleeping at 10pm was an issue those two days. The day I slept at 10pm, I woke up at 4am.
I set an alarm for 6am as a fallback and planned my day from that time onwards. I was not sure if waking up at 4am is a 'small change' as my usual wake up time was around 8 am.
But from my experience, it isn't that big of a challenge. Sleeping on time (by 10pm) is the challenge.
Walking around in the morning helped me get over the desire to go back to bed because it was still dark. My eyes adjusted to the dark and I realised I had a plan regarding my extra morning hours.
There are three tasks to do after waking up at 4am, and taking the walk
× Drink a glass of luke warm water (or two)
× Go to the loo
× Measure body weight
I have slept for around 6 hours, which isn't enough sleep. So it is time to sit comfortably, and meditate for around 2 hours.
Sleep is an unconscious meditation,
Meditation is a conscious sleep.
More on meditation later.
Here is what happened after my regular meditation practice.
Became more aware of my emotional self. I call it “elephant” (inspired by the book “The happiness hypothesis”). Externally I am not very emotional but internally this elephant can get really wild at times. I became aware of this “elephant” and able to direct attention to breathing and other more productive thoughts to help calm down “elephant” and think more clearly and rationally.
A 15% increase in focus. I am a life long multitasker. For many years was proud of it until I realized that I can not focus for a long time on one thing and deliver proper quality. I have a monkey mind. However, life does require to stick with one thing for quite some time to get good results with deep work. Meditation helped me to notice distractions and bring attention back to the task at hand.
Everything is an iterative process including ourselves. You almost never get things right from the beginning. Instead of jumping to execute on your idea iterate it in you mind or piece of paper, challenge it from different angles and refine - it will save you money, energy and time.
This is how we applied this principle with Bold app.