The 5am Club Challenge
I'm sure you're wondering - WHY 5AM? I'll admit, it is an ungodly hour and everyone should be sound asleep. I decided to take on this challenge after receiving The 5am Club by Robin Sharma as a gift. It got me thinking about what I want to accomplish in my life and all the things that are holding me back. Spoiler alert* I'm the only thing holding me back! I chose to try waking up at 5am for 66 days to retrain my mind and body to be awake, creative, and productive before most people get up for work. There are many interesting and empowering concepts in the book that I will be sharing with you over the next two months. But before I dive into the book, here was how the first day went:
Day 1 of the 5am Club:
If I could sum it up in one word, it would be "tired". Not surprising but holy crap, the pull back to sleep was powerful. I woke up at 4:45am and did not allow myself to snooze my alarm - which is a huge accomplishment for me because I LIVE for those extra few minutes. It's like winning the sleep lottery!
This is not the first time I have woken up early but this time was different. I have often had jobs that require me to be at work early, and recently I have been starting work between 3am and 6am. I found that I was able to get to work and function as a human being so why couldn't I do this for myself? Why did I need to have the expectations of another business to force me to get out of bed and get going? Why don't I give myself and my dreams the same value? I realized that I needed to rework where I fell in my world of priorities and learn true discipline.
I was exhausted. I made sure to go to bed early the night before (around 8:45pm) and I put myself there with no screens and a good book. I got a decently restful sleep but still woke up wanting more!
I forced myself to exercise for 20 minutes and I wrote my first gratitude journal entry. I wrote all the things, people, place, and experiences that I was grateful for and how I planned to honour them. I transitioned into some work for a meeting I had coming up and found myself still focused but tired. Around 7am I decided to take a "nap" aka went back to bed to my space heater of a husband for an hour. So there it is, I gave in to the tempting warmth and comfort of sleep.
My first day of the 5am Club had various positives and negatives. I have been lacking an exercise routine for months and I liked that it was the first thing to be addressed - move your body first thing each day. On a normal day I wouldn't have exercised at all, so it felt great to move, sweat and feel the strength of my body once again.
I was very tired. The world of 5am is very different, and adjusting to it will be difficult. I recognize how important my mindset and attitude will be during this challenge because 66 days ain't no joke!
I am looking forward to see how this change in my daily routine will affect my lifestyle, my career, my health, and the quality of my relationships.
Day 1 done, 65 more to go!