It’s taken me half a month longer than hoped for, but I finished my rewrite of my final battle! Now I’m gearing up to go through the whole book again and tidy up things like the consistency of the main character’s hunger and checking to make sure the moon coins are the right colors. But that’s not all the progress I’ve made in life.
One of the things I’ve struggled with for the past couple of years is time management. I found myself stuck in a situation of all or none. I either get time for myself to accomplish my goals, or I dedicate myself to my kids and help them improve. It sent me spiraling off into a depressive funk seasoned with a hearty helping of guilt. Mentally, I was barely staying afloat.
My solution? A lunch time power nap.
Now, I’m a person who doesn’t fall asleep quickly, so I thought the power nap wasn’t something I’d ever accomplish. But in my hunt for life optimization, I found an article that pointed out: napping isn’t sleeping. I said, “what the heck, I’ll give it a try” and I have to say, it’s been a game changer for me.
I get up at 4:15 AM now (versus 5:30). I’ve taken up following YouTuber blogilates and doing her PIIT 28 workouts, finishing off with my own interval jump roping which is 1 minute on, 20 seconds of rest for 7 intervals. I’m done by 5:15 AM–time enough to shower and do a Japanese language lesson (something I’ve shirked for years) before snuggling up with my daughter for our morning bonding time. The 20 minute midday power nap gives me enough of a recharge to make it until bedtime–allowing me to get all my evening bonding time in with the kids without feeling like I’m not getting any me-time. This also removes the need to choose between writing or exercise at lunch time (writing usually won).
Truth be told: I am exhausted. But that’s because I haven’t worked out since March. The key will be to not give in to the voices telling me to slack off. To help with that, I’ve got my favorite motivational talk that I’ve pretty much memorized by this point.
Have you had to make major changes to get what you want from life? What have you found that helps you accomplish your goals? Have you ever tried to power nap?