When I quit my job to become an entrepreneur, I was thrilled: No more office timings, no need to dread Monday mornings — I would finally be ‘free.’
I could do whatever I wanted, whenever. Every day was Sunday — if I chose to!
Soon, I was working late nights and sleeping in late. I would be creating presentations at 3 am and be asleep at 3 pm.
In no time, my morning workout got compromised and the body clock went haywire. My sleep went for a toss, focus declined, and I was eating at random hours. Mentally and physically, I was struggling.
Ironically, jobs with late nights and long hours do the same to us.
Finally, what helped me escape was building the morning routine and sleeping on time.
Today, I work much longer hours but my morning meditation and workout are sacrosanct — I owe them my life.
True freedom is not bingeing on Netflix till 4 am without any control — freedom is having the physical and mental strength to do things that truly matter.
A good morning routine (workout or meditation – if possible, both) will set you free — do it regardless of when you wake up.
But is it also for people who work long hours? Well, it is especially for them — after all, they are not machines.
And heck, even machines need downtime and maintenance.