Whilst everyone else is in bed

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The one thing having a baby does, is get you out of bed earlier in the morning than you normally would. No more being able to hit the snooze button or setting the alarm for the time, which allows you just enough time to throw some clothes on and get out of the door for work.

In our house 6.30am starts are the norm, which I think is pretty good for having a four month old. I know many people with similar age children who are up much earlier. This however leaves a long time before I have to set off for work. Now I am in the routine I am very thankful for this time, which I wouldn’t have got without our gorgeous girl.

Early start

As I work through the day, the early start gives me time to spend with my daughter and it also gives me time to get fit as 3 times a week I also use this time to run. I used to do a lot of running in my early twenties but haven’t done a lot in recent years; this has left me not being in the shape I want to be in. If it wasn’t for this time in the morning I don’t think I would have picked up running again and my downward slope of healthiness would have continued.

I love running as you don’t need to know a lot of technique to do it, you don’t need a lot of equipment or a venue. All you need is a decent pair of trainers, yourself and the great outdoors. I run routes around the town where I live, trying to push myself a bit harder every day and I am already seeing results. The one thing above all that I love about running is that more than anything I think it is a battle of will power. At many stages during my run my body is telling my brain to stop and each time I don’t give in and I keep on going. I love winning those battles and pushing on, it is such a great feeling when you have pushed yourself and pushed through those moments. I think your body is capable of more than you think it is at times.

Getting things done

Saying all of this about weekdays the mornings that are the best for us aren’t the weekday ones, they are the weekend ones. Now with our daughter getting us up, our weekends are so productive. Each weekend I am surprised with how much we now get done, it’s far much more than we did when we didn’t have a baby, which just goes to dispel the myth that you can’t get anything done when you have a baby.

Time is a gift and time is precious, don’t wait for something to decide how you are going to use it. Make a plan, figure out what is important and adjust your schedules accordingly to get the most out of your time.

Rested and recharged

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In the UK, many of us this weekend just gone, will have been enjoying 3 days off work for the Bank Holiday weekend. Weekends for me normally go way too fast and before I know it I am back at work again but that extra day makes all the difference when we get a Bank Holiday weekend. Instead of feeling like I haven’t really had a break, I will go back to work this week a bit more rested and happy in the knowledge that only a 4-day week lies ahead of me.

Scared of taking a break

In today’s world there seems to be many in our society that are on the go 24/7. People who are constantly chasing success, constantly trying to achieve something or make something happen. Many people out there seem to be scared of stopping and taking a break and many that think success is all about being busy or being seen to be busy.

I wouldn’t want to do business with someone that is too scared to rest. To me if someone is too scared to rest they are scared of losing things and I would rather do business with people who aren’t scared of losing things, but who want to achieve something.

Lazy is an opinion

I think we as a society need to stop looking at people who rest as lazy. Yes there are lazy people in this world, but they are only lazy in your opinion. If it is someone’s goal just to have the most peaceful and restful life they can, what is wrong with that? If you want to be a busy person that is your decision, don’t think that everyone else should be or look down on others who aren’t as busy as you.

To me the only sure fire way to long-term success is to rest well. Having the ability to rest properly enables us to make the most of our awake time. These last few weeks my wife and I have been watching the World Athletics Championships and the thing that strikes me is that those who are on top of their game are the ones who know the importance of rest and looking after their body. Yes these athletes train harder than anyone else in their field, but they wouldn’t be able to do this without their rest, as it is the rest that restores and repairs them to go again the next day.

Making the right decisions

One of the main factors of success is making the right decisions and I always find that the best decisions are made when you are thinking clearly, I don’t think many great decisions get made when you are tired. Tiredness I find stops me from thinking clearly or thinking before I speak. I want to make sure in life that I make great decisions all the time, as it only takes a few bad ones to send you down a path that you don’t want to go and that isn’t the best for you.

So the two things I always want to do in life are, know what I want to achieve and to do it in the best and healthiest way properly. The key to this I think is resting well.