With ALL the things that I do both professionally and personally, people always ask, how do I still have extra time to do other stuff? Some days are a bit chaotic. For instance, some days I literally run home, park illegally, change in 3 mins and fly right back out the door. A bit insane, but I kinda like the rush, and in many ways it boost my confidence. It is my “cape wearing” or “superwoman” moments. I’m going to tell you how I do it and I manage to remain positive and energetic throughout my days and weeks.
We’ll start with sleep.
How many hours of sleep do you get a day? 7 to 8 hours? If you’re nodding you’re lying. You realistically get 5 to 6 hours max. Half of you are on your cell phones, others their computers and the rest are stuck in front of the television. A couple months back I was the religiously watching The Bachelor, Scandal, and TvOne. I was the text-er, and every 5 minutes I was checking my email as if something had drastically changed with the span of 5 mins. I also was an extreme web searcher, all while working 40 hours a week and doing a million other things on the side. Yea this is the way I looked by the end of the day
I wasn’t getting any sleep and my brain couldn’t seem to slow down once I turned off the television and hid my phone. I was getting 6 hours of sleep, and other days less. Some days I would be okay, other days I wouldn’t. I would be cranky in the morning and consistently go through the list of things I had to do for the day. Not a great way to start a morning. I was going through the day forcing a cheer and a smile, while I felt sluggish and quickly annoyed at times. Something had to change.
Since January, I have banned myself from television. No cable, no internet, no nothing! Although the internet thing can be a bit of a disadvantage, I challenge myself to make sure that at work I am getting everything done with the 8 hours I’m there and drop the excuse, “I’ll do it when I’m home.” It increases my productivity by a long shot. The things that people do later, I have already done. Even before they can “think” about doing it, I have already done it.
Next, as I blogged before, I had to change my eating habits. One, what I was eating wasn’t boosting my energy and two, I wasn’t content with what I looked like with my clothes off. I am a bit of a perfectionist and looking exquisite in clothes was and is not good enough for me. 98% isn’t good enough, I need a 110%. I gave up meat and increased my consumption of organic vegetables, fruits, and purified water. My next change and biggest reward is the way I structure my sleeping time. On average daily, I am up at 5 am. I first had my alarm clock set for 6, but body has been consistently waking me up an hour early. By noon I have already exercised 7 hours of my day versus the general population who have only been up for 4. That right there should tell you enough.
Do yourself a favor and train your body to get up early.
I have the best times in the middle of the night (randomly when I’m awaken at 2 or 3 am) and early in the morning. No one is up, it is extremely silent, and I am able to clearly listen to myself breathe. If you do not know the pleasure in stopping and listening to the sound of your breath and feeling your heartbeat, you’re nuts! An I say that in the most cheery way possible. 🙂
Time works for me and not the other way around.
Since January I am no longer on an emotional roller coaster. My nerves are clam, my thinking is clear, and my intuition is stronger now more than ever. I do not fall victim to the illusions and tricks of others, because I’m so tuned in and attentive. #FocusedAnLessDistracted I say that because since my slight life changes, I have noticed a lot more from others around me, including the media sources and the things they, “society”, pump into the everyday things we interact with. I find myself becoming a lot more whole and conscious of my thoughts and the decisions thereof. The one last thing that I didn’t mention above that I have dedicated my life too is POSITIVITY!
Everything I do I make an intent to approach it with a positive attitude.
I’m so serious about this one to the point that I’ve separated myself from family members and friends who consistently fail to be positive. If you are going to choose to be negative and gossip, do your thing. To each is own, but when you bring it to me that is where I have a problem. I will break up with you before you can apologize. I’m THAT serious about it.
As Tyrese said, “Change your mind, change your life.” I am the happiest I’ve ever been in life, because I decided to be firm about what I want out of life. He/she who accepts drama will have it. It’s that simple. “It’s a harsh world.”