Why I Get up at 4.30am Every Morning

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My friends think I am crazy. My son is confused. My co-workers think something is wrong. But the truth is I decided to change my life (yet again). After watching Brian Tracy and few other motivational speakers such as Adicted2Succes, Tony Robbins, and the list goes on. They all talked about how successful people get up early and use the most productive 2–3 hours in the morning to their advantage. I am very determined and success oriented person, and I knew something had to shift so I can find more energy and be more productive. I realized that with a full-time job, full-time single mom’s duties and a full-time online career I don’t have much time or energy during the evening hours. So what was left was the morning hours. I decided to challenge myself (my competitive nature loves challenges). It takes 21 days to form a new habit, so I decided to take those 21 days and transform my mornings entirely.

Benjamin Franklin said it best.

[Tweet “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”]

What my 21 days looked like that? The first day I went to bed 30 minutes earlier and got up 30 minutes prior to my normal waking hour of 7 am. In few days when my body adjusted I subtracted/added 30 more minutes to the evening and morning. I did that every few days and by day 21 I hit my goal 4.30am (going to bed at 9.30pm), and I survived.

Before I tell you what I benefit from my early morning start, I will share with you what my morning routine looks like now.

4.30am-4.40am Journal and Gratitude entry (The 5 minutes Journal from Alex Ikonn and Mimi Ikonn) 4.40am-5.10am Yoga (www.Yogea.org) 5.10am-5.20am Meditation (Free App on my Android: Calm) 5.20am-5.30am shower 5.30am- Tea time (my favorite: Vital Energy from Yogi) 5.30am-6.00am E-mails, Social Media 6.00am-6.30am Comment on other blogs and Share articles on Social Media 6.30am-7.00am Learning time that varies each day (edit my Talk Show, Write a Post, Read a book, Watch YouTube tutorials) 7.00am Waking up my little sunshine 7.00am-8.00am Floor unstructured play with my son, building Lego, or just kissing, hugging and teasing my son. 8.00am School and work

What do I benefit from waking up at 4.30am?

Here is the list (Yeah I love making lists) with the benefits:

#1 I took an action and that feels great. #2 It sets me apart from many other people, and that also feels great. #3 We are most productive 2–3 hours after we get up so in shorter time I get to accomplish more things. #4 I am fresh and energized not only in the morning developing my career but also at my regular job. #5 I eliminated stress during the evening by not rushing because I know I will have time in the morning to get to the desired task. (Watch this episode of “She is…” where I talk with another mom on what helps her to unload the evening stress)

I am planning another challenge but not sure how to go about it. I would love to hear what worked for you when changing a habit. What is your morning routine? Would you challenge yourself to get up earlier and have time for yourself?

And remember that when you are excited for the day you will not have a problem to get up no matter how early in the morning.