After reflecting back on 2015 and realizing there wasn’t a single personal output that I was truly proud or excited about, I have been hustling like a mad woman on the project I’ve been dreaming of building for the past three years. In order to do it on top of a full-time job, a part-time job, and school here and there, I’ve had to adopt the 5am wake up time deemed the “passion project power hour.” I’m not going to lie, it’s a real true struggle as being a morning person has never much appealed to me but the feeling of actually doing something instead of just talking abut it makes it worth it. Here’s a 99U piece on why passion projects are so important:
“The daily grind can quickly overshadow our passion projects; emails and meetings tend to displace things like writing a book or training for a marathon. How can we strike a balance and dedicate time, attention and energy to that one special project that needs our focus? Robin Sharma encourages us to use the90-90-1 Rule.
For the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of your work day to the one best opportunity in your life. Nothing else. Zero distractions. Just get that project done. Period.
Sharma urges us to not give our peak hours to meaningless work:
Just stop doing any fake work first thing in the morning. Check your email after lunch. Make your phone calls in the afternoon. Surf the Net in the evening.
A study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology concluded that on average, it takes more than two months (66 days, to be exact) before a new behaviour becomes a habit. Sharma’s rule tacks an extra month onto the 66 days, guaranteeing that the habit sticks. Give the best hours of your day to moving forward on something meaningful.”