Short and sweet. I am a big fan of Summer Solstice (this year, in my local time, we celebrate at 11:39 AM CDT on June 21-5 days from now). I’ve had some fond memories including celebrating the evening with special lady friends, and my sister-in-law got married on the Solstice, in Alaska. At that latitude it is nearly daytime all night long, like in that Nolan/Robin Williams vehicle Insomnia (great flick). It makes for some great late nights with friends.
But I digress.
Five days from now we’ll celebrate this year’s longest day. It’s light in the morning and light when we go to bed. THE perfect time to start moving to an extra 30 minutes per day, since our bodies want to maximize daylight (like crops). I have the move that will work to add more time to your day to hopefully do productive things. One I’ve followed, and one that starts a habit. It takes 3 short weeks (21 days) to establish a new habit. That habit can add a new language, meditation, exercise, writing, or simply reading. Thirty minutes of extra ass.
Something we can all use (SQUATS! Though she hasn’t done many, not too shabby).
We establish new habits by using the longest daylight of the year. Start that habit when it is easiest to integrate into our lives. A few baby steps in a short time. Peel that band-aid off and start fresh. We do so by using this dang-nasted extra daylight. Knock out 10 of those days in the 10 longest days of the year. The daylight length is the key to this trick.
Starting today, set your alarm 6 minutes earlier. Then tomorrow, you set it 6 minutes earlier. And so on. Like compounding interest, by Father’s Day Sunday you’ll be getting up a half hour earlier. Stick with it, keep that alarm the same you pussy, and you have 30 more minutes. Is it easy? Not really, but easier each day. Just plan how you’ll use that extra time, and take 2 minutes tonight to set the coffee maker for tomorrow – it can be the key to maximizing you extra time, so do it! (another secret. Two for one tonight, I’m feeling generous). You’re welcome!