What's Your #1 Single Biggest Challenge To Starting or Maintaining An Early Morning Routine?

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I've been able to successfully wake up at 5:00 am for the past three years, not because I had to, but because I wanted to make big changes in my life in the areas of personal growth, development, and fulfillment. It started as an experiment, but I quickly found out about the powerful effects of having an early morning routine. As I've spoken with people about my morning schedule, most think I'm crazy. It's hard to convince others about the benefits that come from making this kind of commitment, so I'm wondering what what the biggest challenges are for others in starting this beneficial practice.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Cancelling my subscription to Alcoholics Anomalous.

  • Profile picture of the author Mahmood99
    Actually being able to wake up early, what does your morning routine consist of?
    • Profile picture of the author astout
      Yes, actually being able to wake up is a huge and obvious challenge I've found that you have to be prepared with a plan for all the challenges you will face to waking up. For example, I set an alarm on my Fitbit I wear each nigh and then a separate alarm in the next room that goes off two minutes later because I know waking up is hard for me sometimes. If I don't get up within two minutes, I have to walk to the next room. Another thing I know is that if I just start moving, I'll slowly wake up, so I make sure to walk a little bit further into the next room where I grab a toothbrush and brush my teeth. At this point I'm finally starting to wake up instead of feeling like I just want to crawl back into bed. In the winter time, I also have a portable space heater that's on a timer that starts warming up the room before my alarm goes off so that I don't feel so cold and want to jump right back under the covers. Basically, you have to anticipate what things hold you back and plan how your going to overcome them or else the challenges will win most of the time and you'll lose motivation. Another comment on this thread said that getting to bed early enough was the challenge. It does take discipline but an evening alarm to get to bed and preparing everything you need for the morning before bed has also helped. Basically, you need to know why you are getting up and what it is that your trying to accomplish and be prepared to make the most of your time when your up in the mornings.

      My morning routine has changed several times over the years. I started an official routine after listening to some self improvement courses by Tony Robbins. He talks a lot about how we associate a certain meaning to the events in our lives. Most people associate negativity to waking up. I wanted to associate a passion for getting up instead of dreading it...and so the journey began. It truly sucked getting up early sometimes to spend a little extra time focused on improving my outlook and feelings on life but it didn't take too long before I started feeling great in the mornings. A while later I read a book called "the mirical morning" by Hal Elrod. In the book he outlines some basic things to do in the morning such as silent meditation, exercise, affirmations, keeping a journal, and reading. All of these things contribute to daily growth. I've put these into practices and found them to really solidify my own passion for improvement and keeping myself growing and learning new things. Today, my morning routine consists of exercise first thing, followed by a review of my written goals, then a brief plan of action items for the day, followed by 10 min of meditation, affirmations, and a quick journal entry of what I consider a win for the previous day and one thing I learned from the previous day. All in all, it has been super helpful to get a couple extra hours in the morning to 1) focus on improving myself 2) start the day with energy and passion for living and 3) having time to work toward my personal goals. I work a full time job that is fairly demanding, have five kids, and a wonderful wife that I want to spend more time with, so in order to make more time for family, mornings have become both my personal time and when I can take some time for side projects without taking time away from the family time which is when everyone is awake...

      What is your interest in starting a morning routine? If you were to start one, what would be the reason for it? What would you be trying to accomplish?
  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    getting home early enough...
    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by hardraysnight View Post

      getting home early enough...
      Yes, this is getting pretty silly.

      I got up at about 4.15 am to go to a Craft market every week a few years back, and when l got home, basically collapsed, then after 1 or more hours sleep, tried to recover.

      Apart from watching Thunderbirds, or hearing the birds chirp, this is getting into Workaholic territory, or why territory.

      This is a bit like a retiree getting up excessively early, because it is a habit, or because they are too proud to sleep in.

      A bit like a guy l read about that was too proud to accept a gov, handout and kept working, he basically died in his 50's, so l guess he showed them.

      Wouldn't do much for a relationship either, sleep in Sunday, nope, frickin 5am again.

    • Profile picture of the author astout
      Makes sense...an early morning routine is not always something that can be done if you work late. However, a morning routine can be done at whatever time you wake up. Have you found a morning routine that works well? What challenges do you face with having a general routine of setting aside time for yourself to help you achieve your goals?
  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    haha man that good.

    although i enjoy my life right now there are many ways i can make it better ..i have got some of my goals .. but my values changed so others did not fit anymore ..and personally i don't have to work so hard right now ..yes the fact i work every day anywhere from 6-14 hours.. out dealing with huge numbers of people ..

    the way i haverefined my methods mean i do not really need to work hard.. the easier i make it look the better things work..

    i eat well when i am working drink to much beer .. lol .. i only drink when i work because i don't making money when i am drinking and not working.. but i am looking for the next thing because i'm getting tired of feeling i have to be drunk to earn money ..

    Right now my life is so out of the box and even other people who work in costumes are like.. " i wish i could sit around drinking and have people come up to me with money in their hands asking for pictures " haha

    im looking for the next thing to do that i enjoy ..but can also travel and make money doing ..

    back to morning routine and onto what this thread is about .

    on a personal level.. before you structure your day.. you have to be doing the thing you really enjoy doing then you can build day to day routines to support and give you the most potential effective physical and mental clearity when doing the thing ..

    if a rigid structured day works do it .. but the clock is an artificial method of tracking time..you could have three days a week thatyou are charged to go and can do the thing 20 hours a day.. and then go the other 4 days a week and only do ir 2-3 hours and get everything else in orde for the crush it days ..

    my crush it days tend to be friday saturday and sunday

    if the thing you are doing benifits from ridged rituals then to get the most out of it have at it

    i'm slightly sleep deprived right not and all the imaginary sheep died from exhaustion i had them run by to count them so many time ..
    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      haha man that good.

      although i enjoy my life right now there are many ways i can make it better ..i have got some of my goals .. but my values changed so others did not fit anymore ..and personally i don't have to work so hard right now ..yes the fact i work every day anywhere from 6-14 hours.. out dealing with huge numbers of people ..

      the way i haverefined my methods mean i do not really need to work hard.. the easier i make it look the better things work..

      i eat well when i am working drink to much beer .. lol .. i only drink when i work because i don't making money when i am drinking and not working.. but i am looking for the next thing because i'm getting tired of feeling i have to be drunk to earn money ..

      Right now my life is so out of the box and even other people who work in costumes are like.. " i wish i could sit around drinking and have people come up to me with money in their hands asking for pictures " haha

      im looking for the next thing to do that i enjoy ..but can also travel and make money doing ..

      back to morning routine and onto what this thread is about .

      on a personal level.. before you structure your day.. you have to be doing the thing you really enjoy doing then you can build day to day routines to support and give you the most potential effective physical and mental clearity when doing the thing ..

      if a rigid structured day works do it .. but the clock is an artificial method of tracking time..you could have three days a week thatyou are charged to go and can do the thing 20 hours a day.. and then go the other 4 days a week and only do ir 2-3 hours and get everything else in orde for the crush it days ..

      my crush it days tend to be friday saturday and sunday

      if the thing you are doing benifits from ridged rituals then to get the most out of it have at it

      i'm slightly sleep deprived right not and all the imaginary sheep died from exhaustion i had them run by to count them so many time ..
      Yep, had a look at your character, hope that you don't use a real baby, lol.

      And l can understand you using that movie, it all seems to be in Vegas.

      Well, that Ocean 12, was in Vegas as well, but not very funny characters.

      An online natural progression would be to put it on Youtube videos, or sell them to subscribers only.

      If you are doing well, on the street l am sure that there might be some potential there.

      Good luck.

      PS and remember if you want to attract the attention of an attractive women, just polish your car with a cat.

      Kitten even better.

  • Profile picture of the author JayKay Dowdall
    Just thought I'd post my two cents since I was talking with a friend about this exact topic a few days. I'm no "guru" but there were HUGE changes in my business after I started adopting an early morning routine. Here's what I do:

    1) BEFORE I go to bed, I set out my clothes for the next day, and put them in the next room (I usually where the same thing all the time anyway since it's just easier).

    2) I wake up at 4:00am and use my phone as my alarm. I put it on the floor next to the door and the vibration on my wooden floors is enough to wake me up

    3) I immediately get out of the bed, grab my phone, and put my clothes on in the next room. TIP: Leave your bedroom as soon as you wake up.

    4) Contrary to what other people say works for them, I actually play a video game next. Usually 30mins of FIFA or something. The backlight on the TV simulates daylight and has a big difference.

    5) Walk outside for 30mins (or go to the gym) for some fresh air.

    6) Shower + coffee. Sitting at my desk by 5:30 at the latest, and then just crushing it for the next 5hrs. I get most of my work done for the day before lunch.

    If you have problems getting up in the morning here's the 3 biggest things that made a difference for me:

    1) No screen time 60mins before bed. No TV, no phone, no tablet, computer. NOTHING.

    2) Go to bed at the same time every night and get at least 6hrs sleep (8 is too much for me)

    3) No caffeine or sugar 3hrs before bed.

    After I started doing this I was able to grow my business (offline consulting) and start an entirely separate business as well. #productivity

    Alex Becker made a video about something similar you should check out:
    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by JayKay Dowdall View Post

      Just thought I'd post my two cents since I was talking with a friend about this exact topic a few days. I'm no "guru" but there were HUGE changes in my business after I started adopting an early morning routine. Here's what I do:

      1) BEFORE I go to bed, I set out my clothes for the next day, and put them in the next room (I usually where the same thing all the time anyway since it's just easier).

      2) I wake up at 4:00am and use my phone as my alarm. I put it on the floor next to the door and the vibration on my wooden floors is enough to wake me up

      3) I immediately get out of the bed, grab my phone, and put my clothes on in the next room. TIP: Leave your bedroom as soon as you wake up.

      4) Contrary to what other people say works for them, I actually play a video game next. Usually 30mins of FIFA or something. The backlight on the TV simulates daylight and has a big difference.

      5) Walk outside for 30mins (or go to the gym) for some fresh air.

      6) Shower + coffee. Sitting at my desk by 5:30 at the latest, and then just crushing it for the next 5hrs. I get most of my work done for the day before lunch.

      If you have problems getting up in the morning here's the 3 biggest things that made a difference for me:

      1) No screen time 60mins before bed. No TV, no phone, no tablet, computer. NOTHING.

      2) Go to bed at the same time every night and get at least 6hrs sleep (8 is too much for me)

      3) No caffeine or sugar 3hrs before bed.

      After I started doing this I was able to grow my business (offline consulting) and start an entirely separate business as well. #productivity

      Alex Becker made a video about something similar you should check out:
      The early bird, gets the,......ummm.

  • Profile picture of the author speedjohn
    Wake up early in the morning is a good thing and I have tried it a lot but sometimes It makes me feel more sleepy in afternoon or evening even in work area too.

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