You have a nice, full, busy day. You eat dinner. Next thing you know, it’s getting close to bed time—at least if you want to stick to that new morning routine you’re building.
But there are so many things you want to do! You want to work on that side project. You want to play that game. You haven’t caught up on your social media feed. Your inbox still has messages. You want to go through your “Read Later” or “Watch Later” list or enjoy another TV show.
What do you?
Well, if you’re anything like me, you probably just… do it!
The night is young. The night brings with it the promise of infinite time. You can always sacrifice tomorrow—the imaginary future—to feed your short term desires.
You can always sacrifice sleep. It’s like making a charge on your credit card. “That’s a problem for future me.”
I’m proud to say I finally feel like I’ve reached a point where I no longer do this. I have finally become content with shifting the things I want to do to the next day in favor of maintaining my routine.
I had a bunch of items in my “Read Later” list that I wanted to read. I had two YouTube videos I wanted to watch. I had a blog post I wanted to finish and publish that evening.
“No,” I said. And I went to bed at 8:30 PM.
It sounds insane, but here I am and it’s “tomorrow”. I woke at 4:30 AM. I ran 3.5 miles. I wrote 2,170 words (before I started writing this). I had a great conversation with a good friend. And it’s still only 10:00 AM. I have the rest of the day! I’ve already been super productive, and there will be plenty of pockets of time for me to consume those things I wanted to last night—only, I didn’t sacrifice my sleep, my routine, my health, or my productivity. I feel great.