Priorities For Normal People

One of the things I’d like to show with this blog, is that real people can be productive, too. Unlike all successful people on the web, who seem to have become a success overnight.

I’m a real person. I’ve got a ‘normal’ job. I’ve got a wife and kids who take up a lot of my time. I’m more than happy to give it to them. In fact, it’s my priority. I’ve got friends, groceries to buy, things to fix, errands to run. But I like to achieve ‘something’ personal, too. Where do we get the time?

The Miracle Morning actually helps me there. The benefits are huge. From Monday till Thursday last week I’ve accomplished more in the mornings than in the months before: I was more focussed, I wrote more, I worked out more. And just because I got up earlier.

Then on Friday life happened.

My wife went away for the weekend and had to get up at 3 am. Loosing sleep, I decided to cancel my early waking routine. I don’t want to make excuses. Dropping my schedule was an active decision.

I don’t need many hours of sleep a day, around 6.5 hours, but when I get much less than that, I can become grumpy and sometimes a bit depressed. It’s easier to get angry at the kids and I hate that. It makes me a bad parent. The children become unhappy. Everybody loses.

So even though I’ve made the commitment to get up early, my priority is with my family. And that means sleeping enough.

It’s not always easy keeping a schedule, but you know what? It doesn’t have to be. If you miss a beat, if you struggle, if you fall, that’s fine. Everybody falls.

It’s the people that get back up that win the race.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to my ‘normal’ day. It’s 6 am and I can hear my wife waking up.