Nothing in life is all good or all bad and waking up at
Let me just tell you this right off the bat: Waking up at 5 am is officially the most life-changing habit I have ever stuck with in my entire 33 years of existence. But it’s been both heaven and hell. Keep reading and I’ll explain.
Why I Love Waking Up At
All is Quiet
I’m an introvert. That’s just how I’m wired. I absolutely love the fact that the world is quiet when I wake up at
I know my family and coworkers usually have the best of intentions, but holy cow… They have no idea how much they interrupt and slow me down sometimes throughout the rest of the day; I say this out of love and respect, but it’s the truth and must be said. Good thing I’m not usually up to much in the afternoon and evening and can give them my attention without feeling like I’m behind on my work. 😉
I Have More Time
I know, I know… It’s impossible to have more time than we already have in a day, but waking up at
I guess what I’m saying is that waking up at 5 am gives me a more efficient use of my 24 hours. It gives me more “workable” time or “me” time – depending on what my goal that day is. It makes me feel like I have more time for whatever I deem important in my life, and allows me to fit in more things if I want to.
The words, “I don’t have time” never come out of my mouth anymore. It’s so liberating.
Everything Important Gets Done
When I first started getting up at
After a couple months of getting used to
Less Anxiety and Stress
In the past, I would roll out of bed half an hour before I needed to report to work. That meant no breakfast, halfway combed hair, and a huge potential for being late because of the obscene amount of congested intersections that exist between home and work. That also meant I’d be stressed out all day every day, starting the second I jolted out of bed.
All that constant cortisol got me all out of whack, which led to a few anxiety attacks and trouble falling asleep at night. I was a mess. I’ve always hated early mornings, so it took a very long time to occur to me that getting up early was the solution to my anxiety and stress.
Once I started getting up at 5, my anxiety, stress, and sleep issues started to melt away. I can’t say my stress levels are non-existent because that would be impossible, but I can definitely say my anxiety is non-existent now – and the stress is way less. I’m much happier, more pleasant for others to be around, and I’m finally chipping away at some new goals…
The “sleep until
The “wake up at
It’s amazing what an extra 2.5 hours in the morning
Which of your goals could you achieve with an extra 2.5 hours added to the beginning of your day? You won’t accomplish everything in one day or even in one week, but each day you will have a small win that will add up to big results in a shorter time than you can imagine.
It’s One Heck of a Self-Confidence Booster
At the end of the day when I look back at my mornings and what I’ve accomplished before
Getting up early feels great and makes me feel like I can do anything. I highly recommend it!
I’ve Learned Self-Acceptance
Whether I get up early or not, I always have a natural tendency to move and act in slow motion in the afternoon. No matter what I try to do to combat this, it happens anyway. I’ve tried for years to fix it, but I guess it’s just how I’m wired. I’m like a sloth in afternoon meetings and my boss finally got the clue and started only scheduling morning meetings for me unless it’s an emergency.
This is something I have finally learned to accept about myself and my circadian rhythm. Since I get up at 5 in the morning, it’s no longer such a big deal. The way I see it, the only way for me to be a high achiever and get everything done is to get up at
Oh well. At least I can lollygag all afternoon without dire consequences. In fact, I’m starting to enjoy my lazy afternoons now. This self-acceptance has turned into a really great reason for me to love waking up at
Why I Hate Waking Up At 5am
This section of my post is about why I hate waking up at
That’s when I have to use Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule and count backward 5-4-3-2-1 to give myself the push I need to get up. It’s simple, but it works.
Here are some of the crappy parts about waking up at 5 am:
Goodbye Nightlife, Hello Social Outcast
Good thing I’m really into this
Maybe I should go play bingo at the senior citizen club so that I can be home by 8 o’clock. Of course, I’m joking… 😀
In all seriousness, I do sometimes make exceptions for birthdays and special occasions, but it can be really difficult for me to stay awake past
Being a social outcast is a definite disadvantage of waking up at 5am.
Self-Doubt Can Creep In…
There have been times when I’ve told people that I wake up at 5am (because they asked what time I wake up) and some of them look at me like I’m crazy or have literally asked me if I’m crazy. This has happened enough times that I will occasionally wonder if I am indeed crazy.
Of course, then I snap out of it and remember how many amazing things waking up early has helped me accomplish in a short time.
Those people are just insensitive and maybe one day they’ll realize it. Even if they don’t ever realize their rudeness, it’s no skin off my back. They can be freaking annoying, though.
No One to Bounce Ideas Off In the Moment
I’ve had to become best friends with my idea notebook. Yes, a physical notebook because I don’t even pull out my phone until after
When I’m up at
Small Apartments and Waking Up At 5am Don’t Mix Well
I live in an apartment in Los Angeles with a couple of other people who don’t get up nearly as early as I do. This means, of course, that I have to tiptoe to the bathroom when I wake up, avoid the kitchen, and do most of my work-related activities in my bedroom with the door closed.
We have a desk in the living room and a dining table next to the kitchen, but one of my roommates sleeps right next to all that, so I can’t go out there in the morning. I can’t even go to the kitchen to get a cup of tea without waking them up, in fact! What a drag…
It would be a nightmare to sit on my bed with my laptop because I’d be prone to falling back asleep due to poor posture and the coziness of my bed. Getting up at
No Excuses – I Found a Workaround
It would have been really easy to say, “Forget it, my situation isn’t conducive to waking up early.” That’s what most people would say, but I didn’t. I found a workaround. That’s how badly I want my side hustle to pan out; that’s how badly I want my life to change.
Sometimes I do my meditation while sitting on a pillow on the floor. Doing that on the bed would make me fall asleep, too…
To solve the laptop problem, I had to end up buying a desk and chair to put in the corner of my bedroom and keep my electric kettle in my room to boil water for my tea. What a pain. It works, though.
I get up at 5 without waking everyone else up and I still get my work done without being slumped over on my bed falling asleep.
To wake up at
Strained Relationship With Neighbors
I like to go to bed no later than
Even though I’m always nice as well as
It has put me in some awkward situations that I don’t at all enjoy. I really do not like confrontations.
The situation with neighbors has been something I’ve had to deal with in various ways. I use the white noise feature on my sunrise alarm clock, which you can read more about on the Best Sunrise Alarm Clock page, or I’ll use earplugs in extreme situations.
The reason I bring this up isn’t
Why Waking Up At
5am Wins Out… For Me
The quiet environment at
I recommend asking yourself: If not
5am, when? 🙂
Be Honest With Yourself
You see, waking up at
I wake up at
Rising at the crack of dawn wasn’t something I was able to consistently do in earlier years because I didn’t want to. Or rather, I wanted to, but I didn’t see the value in it. Plus, I was lazy and lacked ambition. So I didn’t do it. I was honest with myself and about where I was emotionally.
To be honest, I’m glad I didn’t do it back then. If I did do it back then, I would’ve resisted the process and probably taken even longer to get where I am today. What you resist, persists.
If you’re in this same boat where you want to get up early to have time for your own hobbies or ambitions, but you’re just too lazy or can’t see the value in it – or even if you do see the value, but always manage to talk yourself out of it when the alarm goes off, don’t be too hard on yourself. One day you will be able to do it once you realize you will never feel like getting up early and that you will just have to do it anyway.
When you don’t see the value in something, I don’t recommend you do it. Unless you have to, of course, which is a whole other story…
But What If You Are Forced to Get Up at
Speaking of which… I pity and respect those who get up at 5am because they have to, for fear of losing a job. Been there, done that. I know there is nothing worse than waking up day after day sleep deprived, hating life, and stumbling out of bed for yet another day of running on the hamster wheel in the Rat Race.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, I hope you will remedy the sitch first (find a different job or whatever remedying means for you) and set your attitude straight before committing to waking up at 5 am for your own personal development.
I’ve mentioned everything I’ve found to be good and annoying about waking up at 5
There is a world of difference between waking up at
Do you want to? If you don’t, then don’t do it. But remember: You will never feel like getting up when that alarm goes off. Learn how to discern not seeing the value in getting up early versus just wanting to stay in a warm bed.
If you recognize that you’re resisting just because you don’t want to get out of that warm bed and that you do indeed have goals that need tending to, get your butt out of bed! Count backward from 5-4-3-2-1 and as you say 1, blast yourself out of bed like a rocket. Don’t think about it. Just do it.
Wake Up Early… For You
Don’t wake up at