There’s loads of articles on ‘Why I’m waking up at 4:30am’ and the exact science behind this lifestyle choice, and I want to tell you how it’s working for me.
I’ve read a lot about how many successful people wake up early in the morning and have always found the theory behind waking up at 4:30am interesting. I’ve never had the motivation to actually try it for myself before, until now. I was watching a Casey Neistat video and he was speaking with Jocko Willink an ex-navy seal about waking up at 4:30am. Something inside of me just kicked in and I had the motivation to finally try it out for myself.
As a blogger, online content creator, parent, home educator and person living general life, I’m always trying to find extra hours in a day to get shit done. Waking up at 4:30am isn’t necessarily giving me more hours, but giving me more productive hours and I think that’s the point people may miss.
With my new found motivation to finally test out this theory, I set my alarm for 4:30am and the new lifestyle choice began. I plan to continue this for the foreseeable on weekdays only. My thinking is that if I can maximise my hours available and productivity Mon-Fri and go ALL-IN, then on a weekend I can be more relaxed about being ALL-OUT for family time.
Where I’m at right now is, I started this on a Wednesday morning, so I’ve had 3 days waking up at 4:30am (4 Including today which is a Monday, I’m writing this at 5:45am) and a 2 day weekend where I got up at 9:30am and 8am. I’m seeing huge benefits already which is fantastic for my motivation to continue doing this and creating a full-time habit. What’s most interesting has been learning about the amount of sleep my body naturally requires. On the morning’s I get up at 4:30am I try to get to sleep for 11pm the night before giving myself 5.5 hours of sleep and it seems to be just the right amount.
On the weekend when I had considerably more sleep I found myself feeling tired in the early afternoon and on a lazy Sunday I was tired most of the day despite having many hours of sleep.
More of the theory of waking up early, is that once you win that first battle ie: actually getting out of bed when that 4:30am alarm goes off, you’re then motivated to win the next battle, in my case my to-do list. What I’ve found is because it’s so tough to wake up so early you really want to make those extra 3 or 4 hours count and your productivity naturally goes up considerably. I’ve been getting more done in those first 3-4 hours than I usually get done in a whole day. You see that extra motivation to make that time count PLUS the fact that there are no distractions because everyone else is still asleep, means you can get shit done!
Furthermore, once the rest of the world wakes up and you’re well into the morning, the motivation continues because you’re already in front, you’ve built up momentum. That momentum continues throughout the day, you’ve won that 4:30am battle, you’ve been massively productive, you’re 3-4 hours in front, you naturally feel great about yourself and your day becomes much more positive, all down to making that one change.
I’ve been really surprised with how immediate the results have been so far and I think that’s really important, you want to see results when making a change or trying something new. I’m getting much more work done which is then giving me more time in the evenings to switch my focus away from work, I’m feeling much less pressure throughout the day and the best bit is I haven’t felt any more tired than normally, I have much more energy during working hours than usual.
Many of you reading this will most likely have a similar schedule to the one I had until a week ago. Life taking over throughout the day leaving you to get your stuff done late in the evenings. I would sit at my desk until well past midnight trying to complete tasks, the problem being I was tired by that time from the events of the day, being tired means less productive and ultimately it resulted in hours wasted. Swapping those late hours, 9pm-Midnight for 4:30am-7:30am has changed those hours from non-productive to maximum productivity hours.
One major tip I would suggest if you decide to try out this method, is to have a to-do list ready for when you wake up. You don’t want to wake up and then not have an actual plan to execute in those hours, you’ll end up wasting half of them figuring out what tasks need doing. Plan ahead for the morning!
It’s working for me and I plan to continue this for the foreseeable and it become a natural habit. I’ll obviously keep you up to date via Instagram and all of the other places we connect online.
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried or want to try out this method for maximum productivity…
Thanks for reading,