A. Catherine Noon here, and it’s time to talk about ourselves. Self-care, baby. It’s Valentine’s Day, the time we turn our thoughts about love – and self-love is one of the most important parts of that love. It’s like they tell you on an airplane: in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, put on your own mask first.
I’m going to propose a radical idea. It’s especially radical coming from me, because I’m a known night-person: I propose that we join a select club, the Five O’Clock Club. Now, it’s not a formal club or anything, and there’s no website (I just double-checked, and the only things I saw were a staffing agency and a kids’ television show).
So what’s the Five O’Clock Club?
I first came across it in entrepreneurial success literature as an idea about how to reach your goals. I remember when I heard it the first time and thought, right! Like I’m going to get up that early. But a little voice inside me thought, hmm. I could get a lot done if I did that…
Then I tried it. I work a regular day job, and at the time I had a very long commute. That meant I was involved with work-focused stuff from around 6:30 in the morning through around 6:30 at night, five days a week. I wanted to be a writer, though, and it’s awfully hard to fit that in around a full time job or family obligations or whatever other responsibilities we have. The people who were early-birds said that they felt they had more time when they got up at five then when they didn’t.
So I tried it.
Man, it hurt the first time.
And the second.
I felt amazing by the time I got to work. My morning pages were done, I’d had breakfast, and was full of coffee. I was alert on the train and took tons of photographs. Yeah, I had to be disciplined about going to bed at a reasonable time. But I started writing a lot more, painting, and knitting.
And it still hurts to get up that early. But it’s like having a job: you go. You go, because that’s what you do. It’s not dramatic, you don’t do it because you feel like it, or because the muse strikes. You do it because if you didn’t, you wouldn’t pay the bills.
Why not give it a try?
What about you, Dear Reader? What radical ideas have you tried that turned out to be life-changing?
– E.E. Cummings
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