The Rock Woke Me Up Everyday For The Whole Week

“Good morning sunshine, yeah that’s what The Rock just said. Open your eyes up! And get your sweet candy ass out of bed!”, sings The Rock to the sweet tunes of his ukulele this morning.

Yep, The Rock sings me out of bed in the mornings. He’s been doing that for three weeks now.

How did this happen?

You see, three weeks ago I downloaded The Rock clock. It’s random, I know. But why?

Here’s why.

Photo credit to Denys Nevozhai

Have you ever had one of those unshakeable feelings that your life is taking you for a ride as if you’re a passenger with no say in it?

For the past few months, I couldn’t help but wonder that I have been living my life this way.

My mornings are a blur and lacking. They feel like a drag. 
I wake up 30 mins before I leave the house and I scramble around doing the things I need to do to prepare for work. Then, before I realize it, my day goes by without me even knowing it.

I react to my circumstances. Some days I’m dictated by my emotions which seems out of my control. So my days feel like a roller coaster ride depending on what life throws at me.

Morning Routine

Medium is full of writers who seem to share a lot about their morning routines and journaling. I’ve always enjoyed reading them including some of my favorites (Benjamin P. Hardy, Jonas Ellison, Jon Westenberg to mention a few) and to be honest, part of my brain has never made a connection that maybe … I can try a morning routine myself.

Perhaps part of me is also a little too skeptical about implementing a morning routine. After all, I’ve had a few attempts at something similar to it.


There was the Bikini Body Challenge. A 12-week exercise challenge which got me very fit.

To squeeze in the time for a workout, I would do this challenge first thing in the morning at 5 am. I found myself waking up in the mornings, going to the gym and doing the workouts.

But I also found myself very much looking forward to when the challenge ends. In fact, I couldn’t wait to stop waking up in the morning and no longer working my ass off that hard.

Soon as it finished, I happily rolled my self out of bed 30 mins before I needed to leave for work. And so begins my passenger-of-life parody.


There was the occasional attempt of journaling.

I would do it whenever I felt like it. Buy a nice notebook and lots of pens. Get very much into it then a day comes, and I find myself not doing it anymore. I end up collecting lots of beautiful notebooks with some entries and of course lots of nice pens.


As I think about adopting a morning routine, I think about all these failed attempts that I’ve had in the past. I searched inside me to try and understand what they had in common.

I could only come up with one thing. These attempts were not sustainable for me in the long run. If I need to create something for myself like a morning routine, then I needed something to help me play the long game.

One that is sustainable and one that is for the long run.

So in my new morning routine, I decided to start meditating in the form of writing and start reading the pile of books I have collected throughout the past months because part of me regrets that they are slowly gathering dust in the corner of my sunroom. Perhaps as I adopt this new routine, I can also expand my knowledge in areas I’ve always been interested in.

Enter The Rock

To help me in creating my new morning routine, I need a trigger.

Enter The Rock.

I’m a fan of the rock and he seems like a genuinely nice dude. Hard worker, humble, quirky and funny. No wonder Hollywood and the world has fallen head over heels for him.

Anyway, The Rock is notoriously known as an early riser who usually wakes up at 4.30 am to do his morning routine. He collaborated with some technical people and created The Rock Clock. Simple enough, it’s an alarm clock app that wakes you up with customised alarm tones. I downloaded it because I thought it would be funny and how awesome would it be to wake up with The Rock singing to me.

This is not an app review, and by all means, the app could use some improvement on its functionality. But, Here’s what happened to me when I used it as a trigger to create a new habit:

Monday

Alarm: “Beep Beep Beep I can do this all day” — The Rock.
Time: 6.15 am
Struggling to open my eyes this morning. I woke up and picked up one of the new books I bought recently. Oops! I forgot to write.

Tuesday

Alarm: “Beep Beep Beep I can do this all day” — The Rock.
Time: 6.15 am
Surprisingly, I’m not mad at The Rock for waking me up with his ridiculous beep beep sound. It’s much easier this morning. 
I made coffee, did a journal entry and kept reading a book. I might move tomorrow’s alarm to 6 am.

Wednesday

Alarm: “Beep Beep Beep I can do this all day” — The Rock.
Time: 6.00 am
I’m struggling this morning. I can only just keep one eye open as I walk out of the bedroom. 
I make coffee, journal, and read. 
I think I’m ready to change The Rock’s alarm tone to something different.

Thursday

Alarm: “Good morning Sunshine, yeah that’s what The Rock just said. Open your eyes up! And get your sweet candy ass out of bed!” — The Rock.
Time: 6.00 am
Mmm, that was quite a pleasant way to wake up! 
I make coffee, journal, and read. 
Kinda starting to enjoy this routine and I want more time to read more. I’m going to move my alarm to 5.50 for tomorrow.

Friday

Alarm: “Good morning Sunshine, yeah that’s what The Rock just said. Open your eyes up! And get your sweet candy ass out of bed!” — The Rock.
Time: 5.50 am
Oh that one was way too early it feels a little hard, but at least both of my eyes are open this morning. 
I make coffee, journal and read
Got to read so much more. I read from two books and two different topics today. 
I will put my alarm back 6 am for the weekend as it is the weekend after all.

Saturday

Alarm: “Good morning Sunshine, yeah that’s what The Rock just said. Open your eyes up! And get your sweet candy ass out of bed!” — The Rock.
Time: 6 am
I was laying there anticipating this. Ready for it Rock!
Coffee, journal, book

Sunday

Alarm: “Good morning Sunshine, yeah that’s what The Rock just said. Open your eyes up! And get your sweet candy ass out of bed!” — The Rock.
Time: 6 am
Getting so much easier
Coffee, journal, book.

By the second week, my Rock Clock is still on, but I was finding myself awake before it went off and I would do the same routine.

Currently, I’m on my third week of my morning routine, and I’m enjoying it. Perhaps eventually I won’t even need The Rock Clock.


I’ve used a trigger (The Rock Clock) to drive a behaviour/habit I wanted to adopt.

The reward for me was the peace it gave me when writing to (meditate) and the freedom of imagination when I read books. In doing so, I ended up creating time I never knew I had.

What about you?What are are some of the things in your life you wish you have a choice in doing?

What can you use as a trigger to drive this adoption of behavior? Could it be people (in my case I used The Rock), songs, actions and much more?

Think about what reward will you receive once you start to adopt a new behavior/habit?

How will your view of the world change?

Photo credit to JC Gellidon

As silly as it is. I used The Rock clock (since I’m a fan of him) as a trigger to adopt a behaviour of writing/ meditation and reading.

  • In doing so I created time that I didn’t have before
  • I created clarity in my mind through writing and meditating
  • I expanded my mind through reading books I’ve always wanted to read
  • I feel like I’ve just given myself such a special gift

So, was it worth it? Hell yes!
Will I now recommend you try a morning routine? You bet your ass I do!

Thanks The Rock! and thanks to all the Medium writers who dare and share their values and habits including their morning routines. If you didn’t dare to share then I wouldn’t have dared to wonder.

Come to think of it, we all Rock!


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