Working from home, it’s a challenge to stay disciplined. In addition to that, the company I work with follows India time (three hours later than Philippine time). So, I usually wake up late at 9:30 in the morning. We start work at 11:30 AM (8:30 AM India time) so I still have two hours for my prayer time and my morning rituals — eating breakfast, blogging, drawing, taking a bath, brushing my teeth, doing numbers one and two. (Kidding. Ha-ha. I take a bath at night. More ha-ha.) But, I have bigger dreams for my blog and I need to spend more time on it every morning.
I already wake up late. Yet, the first thing I do in the morning is check my phone for emails, browse my Instagram feed, and be updated on NBA scores and tennis matches. (By the way, I unfollowed almost everyone on Instagram, even my closest friends. Now, I just follow my family, authors and speakers who inspire me, artists I admire, and comic book artists I find hilarious. If you’re one of the people I unfollowed, I’m sorry. I just couldn’t keep up with my feed. I’m very OC when it comes to social media. Can we still connect with each other personally? If I still follow you, lucky you. Kidding. You’re probably a family member or a person who makes me laugh or one who inspires me.)
ANYWAY, I already have little amount of time to spend for my prayer time and morning rituals as it is. And I haven't been reading books lately, which I also love to do every morning. But, I spend my first waking hour checking my phone. At night, I try to go to sleep at 11 in the evening so I could wake up at 5 AM. But, I read more sports news and watch YouTube videos on my phone until 1 or 2 or even 3 in the morning.
So starting tonight and tomorrow morning, I will no longer check my phone one hour before going to bed (10 PM) and one hour after waking up (5 AM, or whatever time I wake up). I’ve already done this before and that was one of the most productive stretches of my life. But, I reverted back to my old ways.
But now, I have to make a decision and take action once again to change my habits. I have so many plans for the blog and I wish to launch one of these plans before the week ends. It’s a step forward to making my dream of becoming a full-time blogger a reality. But, I need to stay focused and disciplined in order to make this happen.
It’s not usual for me to share personal stuff on the blog (aside from my struggles). But, I want to be accountable.
If there’s a lesson from this post, it’s this:
You can decide to change your life and change it now.
Draw a line if you have to.