So, I did what most millennial would think is impossible to do. I brought the much-needed change in me of waking up early in the morning and all I can assure you now is that it is one of the best decisions that anyone can take especially while they are young, energetic and ambitious.
Just like you, waking up early was a thing that I always used to hear from my parents or leaders like Richard Branson, Tim Cook, and Michelle Obama. I was convinced but never felt the motivation to adopt their routine. But, it all started when I got my hands on another gem of a book, “The 5 a.m. Club” by Robin Sharma (The Monk Who Sold Ferrari Is Still My Favorite)
For the record, I have always been a very productive person, who used to wake up around 8:00 am to 8:30 am. Although I considered my routine to be very healthy, still I thought of giving a try as the idea in the book was making me go for it.
Two weeks have passed and I wake up daily at 5:00 am sharp. I’m literally blown away to see how it has affected my life in a more positive way than ever. So impressed that I might not change my routine ever again. With my personal experiences that I’m going to share right now, I bet that this change will do wonders for you too.
I’m a firm believer of the fact that self-discipline drives self-respect. If your actions or the kind of steps that you take are right then confidence eventually follows. My belief was also repeated by Mr. Sharma in his book
“Getting up at dawn is perfect self-control training … increasing self-control in one area of your life elevates self-control on all areas of your life.”
If I am honest then before this I used to snooze till 9:00 am too with my excuses but then I eventually always had to switch the important things in my day around especially the ones in my to-do list.
Leaving everything at the end won’t do any good except for the pressure. If you just give yourself the right amount of time, we all know how happy can we be throughout our days and what better way to have plenty of time for your things in the morning if you just wake up at 5:00 am?
More Healthy Habits
Of course, with the current schedules, late night is the only time when you can hang around with family and friends but there is nothing more important than getting that 8 hours of sleep. In order to wake up at 5:00 am after getting proper sleep, I pushed my bedtime a bit back and chose 9:30 pm instead. With that, I also switched dinners with friends to brunches and no work at night at all. After the change, I wake up on time without the excuse of it being too dark and cold outside.
Enhancing your productivity is all about time management and again waking up early in the morning adds the right gasoline to your day. All I then just do is apply Sharma’s “60/10 Method” – working for 60 minutes straight without interruption followed by a 10-minute refuel in the form of a quick walk or just making tea and sitting on the sofa – and the results are just what I always wanted to achieve.
Now I even add things in my to-do list, which once seemed impossible to complete.
Choose to be more clear and calm
There is no denying in the fact that we all are digital slaves in the current era. We cannot live without being disconnected from the world for a day even. But to overcome that in this new routine, the book also had “20/20/20 Formula”.
According to this, all you have to do is 20 minutes of moving, 20 minutes of reflecting, and 20 minutes for personal growth but throughout this, you don’t have to touch any digital device. It is the perfect time to set a direction for the day, the kind of improvements you want to bring in your life or even you can also focus and plan for achieving things that matter to you the most. This time, in short, should be dedicated to your personal well-being.
While I’m very happy with this challenge, I’m sure there would be many new parents, side hustlers, and employees with nontraditional nine-to-five schedules out there for whom this change might just be impossible after reading this.
In that case, Sharma has a solution for you as he is often asked about this:
“Customize the 20/20/20 formula and 5 a.m. club to suit your lifestyle and read the chapter on the essentialness of sleep! Maybe you don’t do it nights you’re up at 3 a.m. nursing the baby – give yourself a break. Doing the 5 a.m. club only three days a week is better than not at all.”