“If you wake up early, you’ll be more productive all day long.” “Do your most challenging work in the morning, while you’re fresh.” “Productive people get more done by noon than most people get done all day.”
With those kinds of messages everywhere I turn, it’s no wonder I get up so early—usually by 5 a.m. Sometimes as early as 3:30 a.m.
And my early morning routine takes its toll on Honey. If I’m being productive she has to be productive too.
If I sneak out to my office early, Honey has to make a decision. Should she snuggle up next to the dad. Or follow me into the office?
Usually she splits the difference, causing my husband to get up to open the door so she can join me. So now he’s disturbed by my early mornings as well.
When I get up early, Honey also feels responsible for barking to alert me that she’s hungry. This can start as early as 6:20 a.m. for a 7:00 a.m. breakfast time.
But this morning, we did something different. When I looked at the clock after waking up, I saw it was 7:08 a.m. Wow, I slept in. And so did Honey. And so did our foster dog, Ginny.
Although it was after breakfast time, Honey didn’t need to tell us she was hungry. She was asleep. And she had no decisions to make about where to spend her morning.
Honey was thoroughly unproductive. And she was fine with that. So I guess I need to fine with it too.
Productivity is a dangerous god to worship. If we admire people for their productivity, what does it mean when someone can’t produce? For instance, a child or someone who is ill. Are they worth less in our society because they aren’t productive?
Maybe all of us who worry about what we’re getting done in a day need to sleep in more often. After all, the planet didn’t explode because I failed to write two blog posts before 8:00 a.m. or because Honey didn’t make her breakfast bark.
Maybe it’s ok to sleep in every once in a while. And maybe it’s even ok to spend a few minutes thinking about what we’re producing instead of just being in a rush to produce.
Honey’s certainly not complaining about a few extra hours of sleep. So I probably shouldn’t either. After all, if sleeping in is good for the dog, maybe it’s good for me too.
Your Turn: Do you worship the productivity gods too? Do you wake up crazy early or stay up crazy late trying to get more done? How about your dog? Is she productive?