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March 31, 2020

Always Question Your Efficiency

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Pre-Covid quarantine, my alarm went off at 5:30 am and my goal was to be at work by 6:30. This gives me an hour to wake up, journal, do my affirmation, set goals, and meditate before getting ready for the day. It varies between an hour and 45 minutes. Which I think is acceptable.

Well, I noticed a while back, I set my alarm for 6:15 instead to give myself an extra 45 minutes of rest, and I found something very interesting. When my alarm went off I popped right out of bed, got to my morning routine quickly, and I found myself pulling up to work at 6:55! Yea, that’s 25 minutes later than I normally get there, but from the standpoint of getting out the door I had never done it faster! It only took me 40 minutes. 

I didn’t battle myself for 5 minutes to get out of bed. I didn’t get distracted by little triggers in my room. I was able to stick to my intentions and just move forward.

In my mind, there’s an opportunity to create 20 minutes of efficiency in my day and it’s a tradeoff I’m trying to quantify. To me, the math breaks down like this. Changing my wake up time by 45 minutes means I get 45 more minutes of sleep but 25 less minutes of work. It seems like I win in this equation, but I do want to explore it more moving forward.

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