I used to love squeezing in bonus sleep occassionally. Those extra 10-15 felt sooooo gooood that occassionally soon turned into constantly.

More and more I’d have to rush out the door to whatever was on the docket.

But I started to notice that extra bit of sleep wasn't actually giving me more energy. I'd still feel post-lunch drowsiness almost every afternoon.

Then it hit me. Those extra 15 minutes of sleep were a trade. A slave trade.

Having to rush out the door just made me feel like a slave to my job. A slave to my workout. A slave to coworkers. A slave to clients. A slave to inboxes. A slave to the day.

So I traded slavery for slaying. Hence ‘Dayslayer Apparel’ or /DYSLR/.

I eventually turned the knob all the way to 5am to start having luxuriously productive mornings.

This was inspired by an Abraham Lincoln quote: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”

Now you might ask how I fill that time in a way that’s both luxurious and productive—everybody loves a good morning routine, right?

Mine’s evolved over the years, but most of the time it has some combination of breath work, prayer, reading, stretching, morning beverage prep, crushing the #1 key task, and planning for the day’s commitments.

But this article is more about luxury than productivity:

I originally started enticing myself to get out of bed by buying an automatic coffeemaker.

I'd hear those scalding droplettes of water thumping those fresh grounds. And the thick coffee aroma oozing into the air filling my entire apartment. It was like waking up in Grandma's log cabin.

Since then, I've built a strong 5am wake-up habit that doesn't require much enticing.

But luxury is still necessary sometimes–like this morning I decided to skip most of my routine to make a banger of breakfast. It was worth it.

P.s. Got a tummy ache at Jiu-Jitsu. I’ll be back fasting tomorrow 💩