I suck at time management. Lots of people say that. But I mean it down to the depths of my chronically late being. I have very rarely been on time. For anything. I frequently underestimate how long it is going to take me to complete a task (e.g. drive to work) and subsequently screw myself over before I even start. It’s bad. Real bad.

I’m also not a morning person. In my dream world, I would be working 4pm to midnight. But this is not my dream world and I have parental responsibilities that require I work the standard 9am – 5pm corporate gig. The corporate world loves morning people. And I need the corporate world to love me.

Well, shit. We all know what I need to do.

A lot – okay, most – of my problems stem from my horrible time management skills. I’m often late and I don’t complete tasks. This is a problem in both my personal and professional life. And that’s why it needs to change. I’m going to batter myself into becoming a morning person if it’s the last thing I do this year (and it may indeed prove to be the last thing I do this year).

Step One: Regularize my sleep! 

This is harder than you might think. Getting up at 5:30am is complete and utter bullocks. Especially since my start time at work is 9:00am. But there are an entire host of reasons why I have to get up so ungodly early that I won’t go into here. Just know that the 5:30am is not negotiable. And I would even get up at 5:00am if I could (which I currently can’t, because I can’t even get up at 5:30am).

Getting up at 5:30am, means going to bed at 10pm if I want even a hope of getting seven hours of sleep a night. Trying for eight hours of sleep a night is a laughable pipe dream, so let’s just try for seven, okay? I suppose I could get 7.5 hours of sleep if I was out as soon as my head hit the pillow, but that almost never happens. Especially since I’ve yet to actually be in bed by 10pm yet.

Is there any good news?

Well, yes. I have managed to get up when my alarm went off at 5:30am exactly two times in the New Year. The downside being I later crawled back into bed and went back to sleep. And was late for work. But I choose to see getting up those two times as a minor victory, regardless of how many times I reset my alarm and hit the snooze button less than an hour later.

This is my main task for January. Getting myself into a regular sleep schedule. One week down and I don’t have much to show for it. Hopefully, this will get easier?