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No Computer After 11pm to Become an Early Riser

On Tynan

Last week, when I was talking about making instant habitual change, I gave the example of turning of the computer at 11pm to avoid staying up late and sleeping in. This has been a pretty awesome change for me, so I want to go into a bit more detail.

The rule is simple. Computer is off at 11pm, even if I'm mid sentence in a conversation. No exceptions, no excuses. I've stuck to this 100% since starting 3 weeks ago or so. I'm definitely receiving the intended benefit of going to bed early, but along with it have come a bunch of other benefits that I hadn't counted on.

I used to believe in the idea that there are morning people and night people. I think it's much more nurture than nature, now. I wake up consistently before 9am, wide awake. I go to sleep tired around midnight. I was the epitome of a night owl, and now I'm definitely not. There are some downsides, like not being able to stay up all night to finish something, but they haven't had much of an impact on me. If you're a night owl and want to try being an early bird for a while, figure out what's keeping you awake and force yourself to stop it at a certain time every night.

Days 33 and 34: Thriving

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

It's amazing how good best practices are, and it's sadly too easy to get away from them. I planned Day 33 the night before:

1. Plan Mongolia logistics 2. Shopify 3. Review goals 4. Do weekly review, set tasks for next M-F 5. Blog post 6. Gym 7. Reading

Note it was only 7 objectives, and only 3 of them were "hard" or otherwise not automatic. That works much better -- trying to go overboard on too many things often leads to none of them getting done. Here's how the day went --

Awake: 10:15AM (8 hours)

1:15PM: Set all travel plans for Mongolia, bought flights, figured out train timetables, etc. (180 travel-planning)

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