We all have that one activity that we enjoy a tad too much. Some love to play video games, others love to eat, but some (higher) humans only enjoy productive activities. Shout out to those who like to exercise too much, or read too much, or write too much. I’m jealous. As for me, I love to sleep. I also love a good book (or article), writing, tea, and (recently) taking pictures. However, at the beginning of this semester, I big time wanted to work on my sleep schedule. My main problem is the fact that I tend to work late into the night so I wake up really late (sometimes 3pm) and then I feel like I’ve wasted my entire day so I stay up late again (yeah, slow clap for my genius). Anyway, since 2016 will be my best year yet, I have decided that it’s time to give up the sleep demon. But the demon doesn’t want to cut ties with me. I sleep at the wrong time, wake up late, and go to places late. Once I was at a conference and missed half a day of activities because I was asleep.
So, I took measures to ensure that my dream of waking up at 7am and becoming a morning person would come to reality. Alas, have I failed woefully. I currently am working on not drinking green tea at night because perhaps the caffeine is the reason why I always feel so awake and productive at 11pm when I should be heading to bed?
One thing I’ve found is that resolutions do not stand alone. As with most things in life, our desire to change something comes from somewhere. Similarly, there’s a reason why that particular resolution has been a problem in the first place. There’s a bigger reason why you haven’t been able to maintain your exercise schedule, just as there’s a reason why I haven’t been able to wake up at 7am.
We often attack the fruits of a problem, and not the root cause, as we should. The main reason why many of us have been unable to keep to our goals and new year’s resolutions is because we’re all about attacking the fruits and not uprooting the tree. In order to wake up early, I need to analyze my day and ask myself some pertinent questions.
- Does sleep have anything to do with the times I feel the most and least productive during the day?
- Why do I want to wake up early? How important is it to me?
- What little practical steps can I take to actualize my dream? Create an action plan perhaps?
- Are there any other habits that I need to cut out in order to wake up early?
Very often, many of us make vague resolutions that we fail to keep because they are *drumroll* too vague. We want to read our bibles more, pray more, but we fail to create the necessary steps and take action as required.
So here’s to a weekend of reflection on the importance of my morning prayer time, and uprooting the tree instead of attacking the fruits of a highly fertile tree!
How have you been doing on your resolutions so far?
Success? Failure? Or somewhere in between?