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33. Afternoon person

Photo by Silviannnm; Quote found on Pinterest

I am not a morning person. Not in the least. I tried to get up at 4am once to get some work done for my business, and I about died the rest of the day, and the next day.

Sometimes if I am realllly lucky, I can get up at 5am and run on my treadmill or get up a little later and take a shower before work, but usually those days I am dragging.

The average hours of sleep a person needs is about 8 hours. Some people need more; some people need less. I happen to need like 10 hours of sleep to feel fully rested. The problem is after I get off my day job, and my evening job, I still need to work on my business and projects. Usually I suffer through the week and sleep in majorly on the weekend to catch up on lost sleep.

I am an afternoon person. Around 11am or so, I ramp up, get my energy on, and usually it will last me until about 6pm—then I need a caffeine pick-me-up if I happen to be working that night.

I can rock the afternoon like nobody’s business. But if I could change things, I wouldn’t mind being a morning person—to not be sluggish in the mornings, drag myself into the car, and drive to work.

What would the world be like if everybody was a morning person? Would there be no late-night television? No evening shifts? What are your thoughts, dear readers?

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32. Building Habits

Photo by Tamar Waskey; Quote by Michael Clifford

They say it takes 28 days to make a habit.

I’ve tried that with running, and I’ve run consistently for several months straight, but then I loose interest or feel my time should be spent on something else I feel is more important, and I stop running for a while.

I think instead of just hashing out 28 days, a better approach is engagement and motivation. You do see this in runners—all the memes are true: some of us sleep with our running clothes on so we don’t have to get dressed in the morning; some of us listen to upbeat music to keep going. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to fitness, and whenever I am trying to get in the mood to go running, I look at that board to get motivated. Usually that is enough for me to get on the treadmill or hit the road after work (Yes I tried running in the mornings, but I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination).

In my businesses it helps that I have a set schedule to post on this blog and my social media outlets (check out #mgspear_ for this blog and #teazzed for my tea business), and whenever I post I can check that task off and feel more motivated that all this stuff might just actually work. I have to take it one day at a time to stay motivated.

What motivates you? What keeps you engaged?