The fishes will laugh as they swim out of the path

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Thing-a-week has been somewhat of a failure over the last two weeks. What I’ve been attempting is to spend a solid 7 days getting up at 5 am every morning. I didn’t think it would be so difficult and on the mornings that I’ve managed it, it’s been an absolutely wonderful experience; the silent brightness of a world awake before people start moving about in it; the feeling of getting many tasks accomplished before I would usually even be awake; more hours in the day …

Well, the last one has been being my downfall. If you want to get up at 5am, you probably need to be asleep (regularly at least) before midnight. This is the part that I just haven’t been accomplishing – for one reason or another. And while I can manage one, or even two nights on 4 hours sleep, that’s where it starts to fall down. At the same time, I believe I *can* make it more routine for myself, and I feel that a longer term goal of getting up at 6am every day (especially on days I’m not working) will be achievable.

So, my plan – such as it is – is to keep trying with the 5am starts until I get 7 of them in a row, but move onto my next thing-a-week from next Monday. I am, as yet, undecided what it will be. Handwritten letter a day to a friend was suggested by someone and I might just go for that.

In other news, the parents’ boat is returning this Sunday and I’m very excited to have them home. Hence this blog title being ripped from Bob Dylan’s “When the Ship Comes In”.




5 Responses to “The fishes will laugh as they swim out of the path”

  1. Elaine Says:

    A former colleague used to get up at 5 and come to work for 7. It was a bit awkward when he left at 3:30 when we still needed him because no-one else kept those hours (I kept his morning hours for a while, got a lift at 615 from him to work, but I was still in the office until 7 or 8. Boy, was I tired.) If you have a reason, such as a need to be somewhere, it is more achievable I think. 6 seems much more manageable.

  2. deli Says:

    I do feel that 5 is probably unsustainable in the long run, but it’s become a bit of a point of pride now! I’m so annoyed at myself for not managing it in these bright-morning Summer days, when the only work I’m doing is from home.

  3. Kiwi Says:

    I get out of bed at about 5:50 every weekday morning but I don’t get to sleep till about 11. This means that by Friday I am a zombie and every weekend I crash completely. I really need to be asleep by 10 at the latest but unless your partner and friends keep those hours it’s very hard:

    “Sorry, I have to leave.”

    “But it’s only midnight, what’s the rush?!”

    “Er, it’s waaaay past my 9pm bedtime.”

    That, plus you end of braindead by 9pm anyhow…at least I do :)

  4. ria Says:

    You could always try biphasic sleeping. It’s where you sleep twice in the day. So you get 5 hours between midnight and 5am, then catch up on the other 3 hours some time in the evening – maybe 4pm to 7pm. It takes a few weeks to get used to, but I hear it’s great for people who want to get up at 5am.

  5. deli Says:

    I tried polyphasic sleeping for a few weeks a few years back – it was great, but not all that sustainable in terms of interacting with other humans. I’m afraid biphasic is likely to suffer from exactly the same downfall – what do you do if you’re out in town at 2:30pm and your nap is scheduled for 3!

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