CityVP Manjit en The Orange Bee Learning Journey of a beBee Brand Ambassador • making beBee the Hub of my Learning Journey 21/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 1,4K

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4amChristmas is not a period of the year I particularly look forward to because I know it adds an extra day of work and creates longer days but this is called serving the market.  My daughter and her husband are in the same boat, they have temporarily relocated to a town two hours drive away from where their live and rented a place, all to meet the demands of this time - this is the life bread of their particular family business - for the worker or the entrepreneur seasonal demand is what it is and those that sign up for work that involves this demand should not bemoan it.

This morning I decided that I shall awake at 4am - which has less to do with work and more to do with beBee.  Whether this is a sustainable strategy remains to be seen, because I am the type who on seeing the alarm clock showing 4:00am instinctively hit the snooze button.  Usually after about five to seven snoozes of 10 minute intervals, I have awoken my vigour sufficiently to drag myself out of bed.  So I will see how it goes, but I also know that when people add an hour to their day, that hour will compete with all that can fill it - then what - because dicing with sleep is not a mature thing to do - if I choose to awaken at 4:00am it will not be due to sacrificing quality of sleep but knowing that I work fine on 6 hours - even if 8 hours is usually recommended.  This is not about a workaholic mindset - but having the energy for purpose.

I hate the word "time management" because life is really about "meaning management".  Time is a physical reality when it comes to energy used and restoration of that energy that comes through physical intelligence such as diet, sleep, meditation and flow.  Time is also creative meaning and in that regard human beings can become quite extraordinary in the way they can adapt.  The Apollo 13 film captures that spirit - but here meaning is literally life and death : 4amThe film clip ends with the words "wicked shimmy" and in most cases we may adapt to circumstances because of a wicked shimmy.  There is no wicked shimmy occurring that would need me to awaken at an unearthly hour, but there is enthusiasm and so long as enthusiasm is greater than the desire to get up - I say go with the flow, but not to make that an actual daily ritual.  The moment that reality is untenable one can adjust to what is normal.

The biggest danger of adding time to one's clock is not what that hour is borrowed from, but how the transition happens to what you would have otherwise awoken for - which in my case namely is work.  Even now I am conscious of the clock running on me due to the thing we underestimate the most, which is the preparation and travel time required.  That is what one needs to get smart about, which is the unconscious points between activities and the calculations about time we make in our own head, which often prove to be more unrealistic than acts of imaginative flow.

If this 4am practice holds this week, it means that I can contribute like I have done this morning and moreover start my day with an alarm clock called beBee.  The real test is when I wake up on Saturday because I am working on the weekend and whether that reality takes over, or if this reality I have designed in the present moment, still has legs.  I would not be surprised if tomorrow the alarm goes off at 4am and I groan "no f....n way ....".  Every human being needs time and space to be conscious and fully awake.

The actual discipline then is managing the transitions and not the process of awaking and even know I have entered that transition point - and so I must consciously ward off the temptation to add five minutes that contracts the time needed to flow into the next activity.  Also it is these spaces between which buffer us from sinking into our rabbit hole and thus the life that I don't want to create which is one giant mother of an activity trap.  Activity traps are unconscious moments when we get our little minds and feet on the wheel.  If we retain our sense of humour about these things - we can make the necessary adjustments needed, that makes our life flow rather than become an activity trap. 4am


CityVP Manjit 24/11/2016 · #13

#10 Dear @Franci Eugenia Hoffman & @Pamela L. Williams & @Deb Lange I wonder if you have ever watched Poet Rives engage a very humourous look at 4am - a kind of parody to conspiracy theorists in a way, but mostly very clever talk called "The 4 a.m. Mystery" - it is worth a look https://www.ted.com/talks/rives_on_4_a_m

If one can smile and laugh first thing in the morning, that is the best start to the day, and you have all summed up well how different that hour is. I am off to college now, we are helping out students who are preparing for case competitions - and then tomorrow I look forward to tuning into the great beBee - great because of people like you.

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Franci Eugenia Hoffman 24/11/2016 · #12

When I was working, I would get up at 4 am. I like mornings and like taking time to shake the cobwebs out of my head before I face the day. I very rarely used an alarm clock. Now but that I am retired, I still wake up early but I usually don't rise until 7 am.

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Pamela L. Williams 24/11/2016 · #11

Good lu k with transition Manjit. I actually get up at 4 often. When I'm done sleeping I'm done and no matter how hard I try I can't go back to sleep. But then I realized just how great 4am is. The world is quiet and peaceful. I sit on my patio with a cup of coffee and just enjoy the bliss

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Deb Lange 24/11/2016 · #10

I would love to go to bed at 9.30 and get up early but I find I can not sleep early. I wake up without a clock at 7.00 and go to sleep st 11.00 so I know I need 8 hours sleep. This seems to work for me. I remember when I was young and I had a horse I would get up at 4.00 am to feed and ride my horse on the beach before school! I also went to bed very early in those days. Physical exercise is wonderful to fall into a deep sleep. I hope you make your transitions with ease, it sounds like you do live in flow. Enjoy all your transitions as much as your activities.

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CityVP Manjit 24/11/2016 · #9

#1 Weird, I have experienced the same thing two days in a row, I set the alarm for 4am but I am waking up earlier. Then again when I retired at 9:30am I was lights out fast, so that simply tells me that I am not used to sleeping early, but it also tells me that my body is craving sleep. Ultimately while so far waking up earlier has been a positive experience - especially with a rested mind, I am paying attention to what signals my body is actually sending me - because in the long-run that is a bigger part of the wisdom.

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CityVP Manjit 22/11/2016 · #8

#1 As you said in a comment to another buzz, that you are a traveler is a source of great learning and I think that also helps in setting your internal clock as well. That does not mean a business traveler has the same faculty, while you do travel on business, the meaning of travel is far greater in your worldview than someone who lives out of a suitcase and is actually a flying office. That is what separates a traveler from people who live out of their suitcase and I think that the true traveler is then born into a far different type of energy and life experience, one that they cannot but help wake up to.

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CityVP Manjit 22/11/2016 · #7

#3 I just looked over at your buzzes Paul, and what you may in hearty spirit call sloth and procrastination has too much real world experience and vivid imagination - I shudder to think what you are capable off when you operate with all engines one and maxing out. Kind of fits that New Testament line about if your dark is light, how much better then is the light :-)

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CityVP Manjit 22/11/2016 · #6

#4 Flow is what I focus on and what is the primary motivator for me. The ability to find meaning in things that others would consider mundane is one of my developing strengths. I risk over-sleeping if I don't use the alarm clock - and especially when I have changed my routine - but the key for me is that once I awake at a new time - that will be the time every day. It is not different to those who conquer jet-lag, the new routine kicks in immediately. Eventually I will get used to the new time and my first act would be to ensure I have turned the alarms off - nothing worse than going downstairs and then forgetting to turn the alarm off - at 4am that is not a sound the rest of the family want to hear :-)

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