Wake up early and then?

Are all the suggestions and articles telling us the benefits of waking up early, losing out just because of this one question?

“What should I do after waking up early?”

Go to Quora and you will see lots of queries around this. How to use this additional time? How to wake up at 5? What to do in these early morning hours? Reading these questions raises a strange counter-question to my head.

“Are we all willing to get up early but hesitant just because we don’t know how to make use of this additional time?”

This seems to be an absolutely fair and relevant question.

If your current wake up time is 7 A.M. and if somehow you bring it down to 5 A.M., you have added two additional hours in your day. That’s 120 minutes and that’s huge! If you don’t have a plan to utilize these 120 minutes, there is no way you are going to continue waking up at 5 A.M. That in fact stands true for every minute saved in the day through any other experiment.

With all my experience of waking up at 5 A.M., I know that these are the most productive hours of the day.

Consistency, perseverance, patience….these are most prominently used adjectives in productivity-related advice. But the human mind is difficult to tame. Our genes don’t allow us to remain calm. That’s how Sapiens have grown into Humans.

We need variety. We constantly seek new ways of doing things and keeping ourselves entertained.

Our mind doesn’t ask for consistency, it asks for “change and that too with consistency”.

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I am not a professional painter or a professional athlete or a professional writer, in fact, I don’t follow any profession consistently. I hear all those stories of a few great people spending their entire life and hours to this one passion. But most of us are not made up of those genes. So what do we do? What if spending all the energy to one vocation doesn’t excite you?

Why not pick 3–4 good, new, fresh activities and fit them into your 5 A.M. or 6 A.M. schedule?

Mix them, play with the schedule, spice the morning hours, enjoy these additional 60/120 minutes and then hope that the body will soon accept the new rhythm.

Does that sound fun? If yes, you are almost there to become a 5/6 A.M. person. And that too a productive one!

We all have the capacity to outgrow our own expectations. Keep believing that habits are easy to adopt. Do not tag yourself with some existing notions.

Yes, you can read books. Yes, you can become a runner. Yes, you too can paint beautifully. Yes, you can capture the most beautiful image in your DSLR. Yes, you are a good writer. Yes, you are an entrepreneur. Yes, you can play that sport.

Start slow. But Start.

Whoever asks me this question that how do I consistently manage the 5 A.M. habit and how can they also start doing it? My first recommendation is always to do it bit-by-bit. Cut just 15 minutes. Do it the next day. Do it again. Then again. No cheat days allowed here. Within a few days, your body clock will accept the new cycle. Wallah….and you are ready!!

The time is now. Stop hitting the snooze button on your life.” — Mel Robbins

These are few quick and easy choices to spice up your additional 15 minutes. Keep playing with these options and see what suits you the best.

Write: What? Anything. Just empty your brain. Don’t ever assume that someone is going to read your diary. Just pour yourself out. You will be amazed by the quality of ideas that are sitting ideal in some corner of your brain.

Exercise: Just move your body for 5–10 minutes. Few basic lunges, few basic calf-raises, just 5 push-ups. Start bit-by-bit. We only need a bit of boost to the heart rate and a bit of sweat on the forehead. You will see the results during the day.

Read: We are living in an era where you don’t need to be a bookaholic. You can opt for Medium or Blinkist or Audible. These are wonderful alternatives to a physical book. Important is gaining access to fresh perspectives. This will light up your mornings.

Meditate: Don’t complicate. Sit comfortably, relax, take deep breaths, concentrate on your breathing, open your eyes after 5–10 minutes and that’s it. Need spice, you can use Brain.fm for guided and unguided meditation.

Hire a coach: Don’t be afraid of the commitment. Whatever you wish to learn, you can found a coach nearby. Within 6 months you will see the results. Running. Music, Painting…..go for it and your mornings are sorted.

BTW I posted this question to my 8-year old daughter and this is what she has to offer for these additional minutes. Must say, I was positively amazed to hear her recommendations.

  1. Brush your teeth :-)
  2. Go for a run or do some exercises. She says this should be good to take you till 5:30 A.M.
  3. Take a cold shower
  4. Eat healthy breakfast
  5. Pack your bags. You just reached 6 A.M.
  6. Tidy up your home. Cleanliness. That’s her favorite pass time.
  7. Help your parents/spouse/kids in their daily chores. Few additional hands bring lots of love and togetherness!!!! BTW that’s 6:30. Phewwww…..way to go.
  8. Write a story. Anything. Just open up your notepad and start writing. No topic, no context, just pour out whatever comes first in your head. She loves her bright pink notebook and that’s why this recommendation!
  9. Wash your clothes. Hmmmm that’s a tough one!!! Remember point 6? This will probably take you to 7 A.M. If that’s still not your office leaving time, she has few more to offer.
  10. Read some books. That’s an awesome suggestion!
  11. Take care of your pets and plants. Though she doesn’t have a pet, she has lots of plants. That’s 7:30.
  12. Time to leave for office. Bye.

To improve or not is not a choice anymore.

It’s way too easy to give reference to our busy lives, personal commitments, tight office schedule and then spend hours in front of the idiot box or on social media.

With each down scroll on your mobile, the time machine scrolls back and it keeps scrolling back irrespective of whether you use it or let it go waste!

Use your handheld devices smartly because they are smarter than you!

Change is your friend not your foe; change is a brilliant opportunity to grow.” — Simon T. Bailey

People who are waking up early have one perspective in common. A zeal to improve each day!

Thanks for reading.

Bit-By-Bit improvements will sustain. Bit-By-Bit efforts will snowball. Bit-By-Bit time saving will add productivity to your life. Be Better Bit-By-Bit.

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Nishith Goyal

Nishith Goyal

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Author — Be Better Bit-By-Bit, Long-distance runner, Diarist, Self Transformation Coach. Podcast-"Be Better Bit-By-Bit" & “10 Bullets- 100 Words” Book Summary