Quick Tip On How To Stay Awake During The Day When Waking Up Really Early

How I wake up at 4:30am and still manage to be productive until 7pm.

Danny Forest
Apr 9, 2018 · 3 min read

I wake up stupid early every morning to execute my morning routine.

Now, I realize that waking up super early like I do is not for everyone, and I’m not going to convince you that you need to wake up early to be successful.

If anything, I’d say wake-up time is hardly a criteria for “success”. Finding/having moments of uninterrupted focus, whether it be in the morning, the afternoon, the evening, or at night, is what matters most.

In this story, I’m going to focus on early morning, because 1) that’s the one that works best for me, and 2) it’s probably the most common, with night as a close second.


That’s One Heck Of A Morning Schedule You Got Danny!

I’ve heard that a many times. Or a variant of that at least. I’m never surprised to hear that though. Here’s my morning schedule for this month:

Notice how many things are getting done before I even start work?

Here’s another variant I use when I don’t need to commute to work:

That’s pretty intense, right?


How Do You Maintain High Energy Levels Throughout The Day?

Notice the “relax” part of both variants? Well, that’s how.

I used to put “nap” or “power nap”, but I found that sometimes it’s not always what I need, though it’s the most frequent.

So yeah, I take a nap in the morning. Sometimes even before starting work.

  • How many people do you know who does that?
  • That sounds a little crazy, no?

Well, looking back at some of the most productive months of my life, and especially when working out early, it was always when I took a nap before, or shortly after, my core work that I was able to enter flow state more easily. Maybe not right after the nap, but 15–20 minutes later for sure.


Conclusion

So that’s my quick tip for you:

Take a power nap or relax before starting your hardest work and you’ll be at peak state for the whole morning.

I’ve seen astounding results doing that. And once you master power napping (it’s a skill), use it to your advantage, not just in the morning, but anytime you need a regain of energy. I personally nap a second time in the afternoon.

So there you have it. If waking up early is something you want to do, but are having a hard time waking up because you’re afraid of not having enough energy during the day, just try this tip out. Remember when your alarm goes off that it’s not the only time you’ll sleep during the day.

This takes getting used to, but once you master it, you’ll be productive all day!

You can do this!

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Danny Forest

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Status quo’s worst nightmare | Obsessive learner | Productivity beast. Get in touch: https://forestco.co

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