My nine to five starts at 8AM. From 5AM when I wake up to then, I have free reign over what I do, how I do it and when I do it. But recently, all this freedom has become a trap.
Every morning, I wake up, roll over, get out of bed, have a quick cold or barely warm shower to wake up and get dressed. By now it’s exactly 5.14AM. From there I stumble to the lounge and make myself a cup of hot water with lemon in it while I put on my shoes. Then I sit down and journal for about ten minutes followed by about fifteen minutes spent writing a short poem. Then we get into the car and head into town. I arrive at MacDonalds, the only facility open before 6AM in my small town. Go to the bathroom, buy my peppermint tea, sit down and start work. It’s usually about 6AM when I’m starting. I work for my first client for half an hour to an hour as I don’t normally require more time than this. Then my second client, who normally takes a little longer. Usually an hour to an hour and a half.
Then at about 7.30AM I write my blog post for the day, and head to work.
This routine is highly effective, however the problem with routines is that while they are good, they can also become your very own customised trap that you can’t get out of.
I work for myself between 6AM to 8AM but I feel the same way about it that I feel about my 8 to 5. Thats when you know something is wrong. So today and this week henceforth, I will endeavour to examine the routines I thought were concrete.
What will you do to un trap yourself?