|Posted on May 8, 2019 at 9:30 AM|
Written By Vida
Are you an entrepreneur or thinking about being one? If you are one, you know how hard it is to grow a business and how much time you have to spend in order to see changes and progress. And if you have a 9 to 5 job, and your business is what is considered a side hustle than you really need to make the time to work on your business to see something happen.
I’m a stay at home mom, and this is my full-time job with a lot of overtime hours to attend. (Blogging, designing and making jewelry is my lifestyle business, my side hustle. The difference between me that have a mom job and who has a 9 to 5 job is that I have no chance to say no to overtime, and off course, I have no salary and, time means everything to me.
I have been living in fours hours of sleep for a long time, but for a different purpose. Since last year (2019) I have been getting up at 4:20 a.m and going to bed Around 12:30 a.m, but at this time It's for the purpose of running a business been an entrepreneur.
Since I remember I always wake up early in the morning, I remember getting up around 5 a.m when I was six years old to help my mom with the house errands. My mom and dad used to get up at 4:30 a.m to be able to leave the house around 5 a.m to milk the cows. By the time they got back to the house, I already had fed the chickens, pigs, dogs and had made breakfast and served on the table. So get up early doesn't bother me at all; It’s a part of my life, a kind of my blueprint.
However, sleepless works great for me, but I always hear from my friends and physician that your body needs seven to eight hours of sleep and who Am I to say anything different about that??
With all that said, let me start to talk about the eight hours sleep challenge that I got into, I feel like I’m running around and not getting to the point.
Three weeks ago, my two years old baby decided not to take his regular nap, he usually took his nap around 12:30 p.m to 2:30 p.m) instead he has been fallen in sleep around the house in the early evening, just to screw up with the bedtime schedule.
At bedtime I have to stay in his room until he falls asleep otherwise he won't stay there by himself. Off course, he's not feeling tired at bedtime so it takes forever for him fall asleep. Most of the time I was falling sleeping while waiting for him to do so. It happened once, twice and the fallow nights. I was waking up around 11:30 p.m so moody because had not been working during that time,I felt that I was losing my precious time, and I wouldn’t be able to make up that time. Frustration!!! It isn't a good feeling to get in bed with it.
So I decided to relax and challenge myself to try a new routine. Sleep for seven hours, going to bed with the kids around 8:30 p.m and get up at 4: 30 a.m, I was kind curious and I wanna to find out how my body and mind would react with those few hours more of sleeping.
Surprisingly! Instead of feeling full of energy after had slept seve and a helf hours I was feeling awful, tired than ever and moody, so I thought it could be just an organism adaptation, and need some time to adjust to the new routine; I figured out that three weeks would be an excellent time to get used to a new routine.
Unfortunately, the adaptation never happened, in the second week I started having problems to get up at 4:30 a.m, so unusually for a couple of days I couldn’t get out of the bed, I felt like I was getting bit up during the night.
After changing my routine of sleeping I realized that during the day I couldn’t concentrate on anything.I couldn't even keep up with my work out because I was feeling exhausted and unmotivated. And worst part I started going crazy about eating carbs, and my sugar cravings got out of control. I gained six pounds in three weeks. Isn't that crazy??
As if it were not enough, going to bed early, getting up late, productivity low, weight gained, a messed up schedule, and the list goes on, you named it…
A deep guilty feeling came out knocking on my door … the guilty of not having nothing done with the entrepreneurship goals and accomplishments. I must let you know that if there is anything else that can hurt an entrepreneur more than feeling not productive and getting nothing done, leaving behind with achievements, plus, not being effective in business so then I don’t know what else can.
Sleeping more hours means less time to work on my jewelry creation, on the blog content, and less time to learn.
Bottom- line, In the entrepreneurship word, time cost money or generate money. You probably don’t know what a productive day of work is if you haven’t got to bed late and woken up early at 5 a.m before.
Most of the people will tell you to wake up early and that you have to go to bed early. Now, if you are trying to get the recommended eight hours of sleep, that means you need to sleep around 9 p.m. But if you are a side hustle entrepreneur like me and you want to get the most out of each day, you gonna have to break the rules and make sacrifices.
Sleeping eight hours is necessary and can work great for most people but it didn’t work for me. I’m going back to my four hours of sleeping routine because now I know what keeps me motivated and energized is defefinitely not having more hours of sleeping .
On the contrary, what fires me up is getting only four hours of sleeping and see the results I get from working more hours, Is to open my planner at the end of the day and be able to cross out tasks that I got done, Is to have that feeling of progressed dream and goals.
At the end of the day when my work is done I feel accomplished, proud and happy. Those feelings keeps me hunger, and motivated to follow thru all the frustration and obstacles that comes on on the journey.
I'd love to hear from you, share your thoughts about this post. Let me know if it helps and inspired you in some way and what could be interesting and helpful to you for a future post.
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