As I start typing this Austin Real Estate blog article at about 6:15PM on a Tuesday, a crazy reality befalls me. It’s almost my bedtime. In less than 2 hours, maybe 3 at most. I have to get to bed around 9PM Sundays through Thursdays because of a new lifestyle commitment I’ve made. And it’s messing up my longstanding habit of splitting my “productivity” time into daily and late-night chunks.
For one month now I’ve been waking up at 5AM M-F, cooking and eating some eggs, out the door by 5:15AM. Getting to the gym by 5:30 for a 6AM-7AM fitness bootcamp workout. I have to arrive by 5:30AM because the classes fill up by about 5:40AM, and I don’t want to miss a class, and I like getting my same spot every time. I get back home around 7:15AM, about the exact time I use to wake up normally, before the workouts. At first I thought, “wow, I’ve captured 2 hours that would have been wasted sleeping each day”.
My old schedule only required 5 or 6 hours sleep at night. For many years, I’ve had very productive “work” time between 10PM and 2AM. I can go to sleep at 2AM and get up at 7AM with no trouble. Been doing it all my adult life. But getting up at 5AM is different. I just can’t go to sleep at Midnight and get up at 5AM. And then busting it in a 1 hour workout class. The math seems simple, but the reality doesn’t work. It just requires more rest than before.
And as the Austin real estate market seems to suddenly be coming to life, Sylvia and I have a bulging pipeline of upcoming listings and buyer prospects, and now I’m wondering how I’m going to get my work done without the peace and quiet of those late night, no interuption hours.
By the way, I’m down 8 pounds so far and have taken 2 inches off my stomach and am already getting unsolicited “have you lost weight?” comments from friends. That feels good. I’m feeling great, eating right too. I’ll be turning 50 in September and I’ve decided I want to be “fit at 50″ as a birthday present to myself. And I have undertaken to make that happen with a manic determination. Thus the 5AM wakeups.
What I didn’t contemplate or factor in is the lost late-night productivity. My life as a Realtor is working with people, in person and on the phone, usually during daylight hours, but there is a LOT that happens behind the scenes with paperwork, planning, research, admin stuff, writing blogs, working on the website and just general “getting caught up”. That’s where those late-night productivity hours become so valuable. Time during which one can sit, undisturbed by phone calls or unplanned showings, emails that need immediate or quick response, etc. In fact, those hours are, in a way, “super hours”, worth maybe 1.5x or 2x because of the concentrated effort that can be accomplished.
If you’re one of my new buyers and we’re out looking at homes after you get off work this summer and I say, “it’s almost 8:30, we need to hurry because I need to get home and into bed”, you’ll know I’m not crazy, I just need my rest. My daytime hours use to feel like “part time” effort because I knew I had those late night hours to catch up and do stuff. Now I feel like a 9 to 5er almost, and pressured to get stuff done during the day instead of deferring to late night.
Such is life. I’ll acclimate, I hope.