I've lost all concept of time, except when I am working on projects that have a due date. I no longer have a complete meltdown on Sunday night because I am dreading Monday. I'd probably tell you that I actually no longer look at calendars but that is only mostly true. I do check calendars for work related due dates but that is pretty much about it these days. Some other things that changed once I became a freelancer:
- I no longer like to use the word deadline. Your brain see things in pictures, deadline = dead, negative. I prefer to say lifeline, which means giving something life by grabbing it and working on it.
- I have no concept of time. Yes, really. The bad part about this is I do work flexible hours which sometimes does include late nights.
- I have not had to wake up using an alarm clock in over a year. I just get up when my body (or my 3 year old ) wants to. This is rarely before 7 am in the morning and most days it's closer to 9am. I don't know if I could wake up using an alarm clock if I even wanted to. Yea, that is how good I sleep these days.
Now don't confuse this with laziness. I know there are people who naturally wake up early and that is awesome too. It's all about letting your biological clock wake you when you are ready. By doing this, it is just my way of letting my body naturally do what it wants to do. Something I haven't had the luxury of doing for the past 15 years or so. One of the best things I ever did was throw away my alarm clock.
"Throw out an alarming alarm clock. If the ring is loud and strident, you're waking up to instant stress. You shouldn't be bullied out of bed, just reminded that it's time to start your day."
There are still days where I wake up confused. My body waits to hear that annoying little beep that reminds me that I have a lot of work ahead of me. Instead, I wake up naturally and flow into my work slowly. No more heart stopping shakes from the world telling me to get the hell up.
So tell me are you a prisoner of time? or have you grabbed time by the cojones and made it work for you? Leave me a comment below and let me know!
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