Swimming Against the Current

Swimming Against the Current

Photo Credit: Justin Leibow

My favorite time of the day is every morning between 4 a.m and 6 a.m.

The roads are clear. The gym is empty. The house is quiet. My mind is fresh.

I always feel like I’m getting ahead of the rest of the world.

Whether I’m reading, exercising, working or thinking — it feels like everyone else isn’t.

But that’s not actually the case.

While I’m asleep at 10 p.m., there are plenty of people who’s favorite time of the day is between say, midnight and 2 a.m.

The setting is likely the same; the feeling maybe is too.

During “business hours” (8:00 a.m — 6:00 p.m. should cover it), everyone has their wheels turning. When you’re working in a traditional setting, it’s like swimming against the current.

E-mails are coming in. Deadlines are getting closer and time is moving things along whether you’re prepared for it or not.

However, if you’ve ever worked (willingly) on a Saturday or Sunday — on a personal side project, something for your organization or just yourself— the current is calm and you can swim freely.

Most people aren’t swimming at all. So there’s a good chance you’re gaining on them.

But you really don’t need to concern yourself with everyone else. The only person you need to be keeping pace with (and surpassing) is you.

Putting up extra shots after practice is over. Drafting messages in advance so you can be more effective during the week. Reading next weeks assignments before the professor tells you to.

That all helps make you a better, more confident swimmer when the current starts going in the other direction.

Just as long as you stay a few strokes ahead of where you were yesterday, you’re setting yourself up for success.


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