The 5 AM Club
As the end of the year is approaching, it’s almost time to think about new year’s resolutions. Over the last couple of years, a certain trend can be found in mine. It’s always something with mindfulness, physical health and a personal writing project. That these resolutions come up year after year has to do with two causes. One: I like to continuously improve myself. More importantly, two: I seem to lack the time and energy to pursue all. Therefore, this month I am trying out different ways to incorporate my resolutions in my daily routine, before January comes around. As you might have guessed from the title, I have been trying to wake up at 5 AM and make them a part of my morning ritual. If you’re curious whether that’s been working out for me or like to know whether it’s something you might consider, make sure to read on.
My morning ritual
My regular morning ritual starts at 6.30 and consists of a ten-minute meditation session, shower, doing makeup and getting out of the door as quickly as possible. Breakfast was optional and the (not so) occasional snoozing fest seemed more of a regular than intended. In my adjusted morning ritual, a short workout and timeslot to read or write were added.
The magic of waking up at 5
Waking up before the rest of the world (or at least the country) does has its magic. It created extra space in my busy schedule to make time for good habits. Of course, considering you’ll want to keep the same amount of sleep, the same time would also be available in the evening. However, doing personal projects first thing in the morning felt like they were much better prioritized than leaving them for the end of the day. It made me start the day with positive vibes which set the tone for the whole day. What I especially loved was to experience the silence before the day starts, which made me feel relaxed in the morning.
The evil of waking up at 5
There are definitely some downsides of waking up this early too (which I got to immediately experience the past week). I don’t know about you, but for me the hardest thing about waking up early is getting to bed on time the night before. It requires so much more discipline to stop whatever activity I am in and go to bed and get my seven or eight hours of sleep. Furthermore, waking up this early is even a bigger contrast with my weekend rhythm. During the weekend, I tend to go to bed much later, making it hard to snap back into the program by Monday. Also, whenever you’re experiencing a cold (or bit of the flu like I had the past week), waking up this early is the first thing you’ll drop.
Now, is waking up this early to work on your habits and personal projects worth it? Before, I would often be too tired or lazy to work on them after work. Now, it’s the first thing to get out of the way after waking up. It even has its perks for the regular workday as I’m in an even better mood after having some quality alone time. It requires quite the discipline (which I am still working on), but it’s such a great feeling to start the day with the most important projects and habits for yourself.
Now what about you? Are you considering to add your new year’s resolutions to your morning routine? Let us know in the comments below!