Hello! Welcome to Day 6 out of the 7 Day Laziness challenge, where we set up our week in advance so that we have to work HARDER to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep than wake up early and get our day started and can actually start our day with a little victory by honing our skills for 30 minutes!
It finally happened! I’m on Day 6, and my sleep cycle has adjusted. I am fully confident that after tomorrow, I will be able to continue to wake up at 5 am to draw or paint without fuss.
Also, my husband wanted to wake up at 5 with me so that we’re not rushing to get out of the house. This has been nice, and I actually got to work 15 minutes early yesterday instead of exactly on time.
Today was a much rougher start in comparison to yesterday. Even though this time I got an extra hour of sleep, it was difficult to wake up, and when I did, I was very slow and groggy. I woke up in a middle of a terrifying dream, so I guess it wasn’t all bad waking up when I did.
The coffee also wasn’t ready so while I waited, I ate my hard boiled eggs, I drew up some abstract shapes and sketches in preparation for a future painting. I did not start the timer at this time, this was more of a warm-up.
Instead of getting to work on my art, my body was trying to do everything BUT that- cleaning, playing on my phone, looking at art on Instagram (which I’m supposed to do every day anyway, but not right at that moment).
Spending 30 minutes on art felt daunting to me, so I instead split my time into two 15-minute increments. This was significantly less daunting.
As a result, this morning felt very productive. I didn’t have the attention span to sit down and do a drawing for 30 minutes, so instead, I worked on some of my paintings.
After spending 15 minutes on my husband’s painting, I varnished the Springtime (or Young Couple on a Swing) painting:
The varnishing did not take as long as I thought it would, I still had about 9 minutes left on the timer, so I worked a little bit on the painting in my portrait series.
And since I’m using the Forest app as my timer/motivation/distraction killer, here is a screenshot of my “forest” for the past two days since I started this challenge. It’s not much, but it’s nice to see that forest as an extra tangible sense of accomplishment:
If I didn’t have a quick and easy breakfast set up on Day 0, a set-up workspace, the Alarmy app, and the Forest app, I don’t think there’s any way I could have gotten through this morning.
Another thing was that instead of working on one big thing, I opted to work on a bunch of quick, little things-which is good- because really that’s all a big project is, just a series a little increments put together. I finished one painting, am really close to finishing another, and making progress on a third. Even though I spent the same amount of time than yesterday, I feel a bigger sense of accomplishment today.
Day 1 of the Lazy Challenge was a success! I was able to wake up at 5 am with no problems (my body may have tried to sleep through my alarm though, but thankfully my husband was there to wake me up). When I set my alarm the night before and saw how little sleep I’d be getting, there were two things that I had going for me. 1) My husband wanted to wake up and go to work early today, so that was some extra motivation and 2) I made a deal with myself: if I did my 30 minute obligation and STILL wanted to go back to sleep, I could take a nap right after breakfast.
Having everything prepared well in advance made the ordeal much less daunting.
I was really surprised how well this first day went. Usually when I try to change my sleep schedule, it takes me about four days to adjust. This morning though, that was not the case.
I was really groggy when I first woke up, obviously, so to get myself going, I started by washing my face with cold water, brushing my teeth, and brushing my hair. These were little tasks that I felt minor accomplishment when completing (and yes, the cold water helped), but it gave me the momentum I needed to get to everything else.
The artwork itself was a bit challenging. Instead of drawing something in my sketchbook with a standard pencil, I drew using white colored pencil on colored paper. This is a subversion from my usual sketching habits. I think this helped push my brain, but maybe for the first day next time, I might start something a little less strenuous.
Welp. This was supposed to be a quick thing, but I’ll see you guys tomorrow! Hopefully tomorrow will be as easy as today, but I highly doubt it.