*Note: I started this blog post yesterday, and meant to finish it last night, but I didn’t get around to it, so I’m posting it this morning. I did, however, get up at 5 and do this drawing yesterday*
Welp! We did it, boys! I finally completed a challenge on this site! I honestly can’t say this is my favorite drawing that I’ve done during the 7 Day Lazy challenge, but it certainly felt nice to stick with something all the way through.
My final drawing ended being a study of Bouguereau’s Shepherdess. I have plenty of more drawing references in my binder there, so maybe next time I do this challenge, I might plan ahead and have my last drawing be something really cool.
So, the purpose of the Lazy Challenge was to make your body wake up and acclimate to a new sleep schedule and do something productive with as minimal effort as possible. Waking up early is hard enough, but there are so many things that go into a morning routine that make it even more daunting- like making breakfast, then getting your workspace ready, then the every day stuff like hygiene and getting dressed. The purpose of this was to eliminate as many excuses (as well as distractions) as possible.
Don’t want to get up and cook breakfast? Have 7 hard boiled eggs ready to go ahead of time! Don’t want to set up a workspace? Have a workspace ready, as well as a general idea of what you want to everyday the week before!
Even setting up a “7 Day Lazy Challenge” was a form of psychological trickery on my part. You don’t want to “Change your sleep schedule and wake up at 5 am,” but you may feel more excited about a “7 Day Lazy Challenge,” especially if you blog about it every day and keep yourself accountable.
Just having the word “lazy” in that title made getting up at 5 am feel like it took much less work than it did.
I don’t think I went into the details as to why I wanted to torture myself in this way. Here are 5 reasons:
- I wanted to get up early so that I could leave the house for work and not feel rushed.
- Even though I’ve never been a morning person, I’ve found that when I do force myself to get up, I’m a much better writer and artist when I first wake up as opposed to in the evening.
- Generally, no one else is awake is 5 am, so I know I can do my work free from distractions. Nobody is trying to text me or call me so I can focus on my work instead of responding to emails or texts.
- I found that after I acclimate to the new sleep schedule, I feel good the rest of the day.
- On weekends, there’s just more time in the day.