Do you remember that feeling you used to get when you were a kid and you knew that you had a big family trip coming up? The night before you leave is always the hardest time to fall asleep.
Then, when you finally do fall asleep, you can’t help but wake up early out of utter excitement for the day to come.
It’s because you’re looking forward to doing something special and the idea of sleep almost seems like an inconvenience. It’s that Christmas morning feeling when you’re a kid who’s ready to rip presents open.
Now, flash forward to present day. I’m sure you still get that same feeling when you have an upcoming vacation you’ve been planning for.
It’s kind of hard to stay asleep when you know there’s a plane that will take you far away from the stresses of your normal, every day life — From work, from responsibilities, from your regular routine.
But, when it comes to waking up for work regularly, all you want is more sleep. There’s always that initial feeling of dread when you’re first waking up for work in the morning— At least that’s how it is for most people.
For a majority of the working class, it’s a rare thing to actually be excited to go to work in the morning. But, if you are one of those few people that loves what you do and can’t wait to go to work, then consider yourself lucky.
The reason why we have such a hard time waking up for work in the morning is because what we do for a living is likely done out of necessity rather than purpose.
Our job is likely just a means to an end — A way to pay the bills, a way to put food on the table, and to support ourselves financially.
When you’re doing something that you don’t enjoy, it’s hard to get excited about waking up every day. It’s hard to force yourself, day in and day out, to do something that you really don’t want to do, even when you know that you have to.
A little while back, I wrote an article called, “Why I Stopped Sleeping in on the Weekends” —
To summarize, I find it so much easier for me wake up early on the weekends than I do during the work week because I fill my weekends with purpose.
I look forward to the things that I plan to accomplish on the weekends because it involves things that I actually enjoy.
So, by now you may be wondering what the solution is to this dilemma of struggling to wake up for work.
Well, the easy answer would be, “Quit your job and pursue a career that you love!” And quite honestly, that is a perfectly legitimate answer. After all, why would we continue to do something that we dread so much?
Unfortunately, the one thing that may be more difficult than waking up early work is change — But, change is exactly the solution.
You either need to fix the problem by changing your sleep schedule or change your circumstance so that you have a job that you love waking up to every day. At the end of the day, the choice is yours.