How to get up at 5 AM?

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I've noticed some entrepreneurs noticing in their book that they get up at 5 am in the morning. But how do you do this without being tired throughout the day?
  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    fall asleep before 10 pm or around 9 pm ..
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  • Profile picture of the author Taniwha
    What I've learned is that the best time to get up is different for everyone. Try different times and see what fits YOU best.

    Some people wake up at 4am and get a chunk of their work done before most people wake up. Others get up at 4pm and work until the sun comes up.

    Do you know when you get your best work done when you feel awake and focused?

    Ruthlessly schedule your day around that time. And remember to get enough sleep as Odahh hinted at.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    Is this a serious question?

    Go to bed early is the obvious answer!

    Ask a better question:

    What are my peak performance times during the day and how can I be most awake for them?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
      Originally Posted by jazbo View Post

      Is this a serious question?

      Go to bed early is the obvious answer!

      Ask a better question:

      What are my peak performance times during the day and how can I be most awake for them?
      Yup, it's amazing how complicated some people want to make things, isn't it.

      I want to highlight your point about peak performance times.

      Here's an example:

      I get up between 7AM and 7:30, typically, and think while I sleep so there's a writing idea all ready to go.

      I get to work and unless I have some huge project on the go, everything that needs to be done is done by noon.

      I get tired in the afternoons and around 3-4PM just don't feel like doing anything.

      Around 7PM I get a second wind and can work creatively through the evening.

      Usually I go to bed between midnight and 1AM.


      Having made the observation that I grind out most of my "work work" during the hours of 8AM - noon, how do you think I behave when it comes to protecting those hours?

      Do you think I like it when someone tries to distract me out of those hours by wanting me to drive them somewhere (unless it's an emergency or a serious appointment)?

      Do you think I am happy about staying up late, and having to sleep in until say 9 or 10AM, thereby losing productive hours?

      I protect those productive hours like an assassin with a very sharp knife!

      So much so I was quoted in Inc. Magazine about protecting these "Golden Hours."

      Now, how about you?

      What are your Golden Hours?

      What are you doing to protect them? Are you consciously aware of how these hours are being used and abused? Or are you letting others dictate how productive you can be?

      If you're new to this, and aren't sure, start keeping a journal of what you do.

      This is easy to accomplish with Google Calendar, or you can use the old paper & pen. Drop in events recording what you are doing, INCLUDING interruptions.

      After a week or two, it'll be very clear what's happening.

      "To manage we must measure" is an operations management maxim. If you measure how you use your time, you can manage your results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielkibby
    You have to have a big enough motivator to get up at 5am and I agree you have to be in bed by 9pm or you'll lag through the day. They say that first thing in the morning is the best time to do things because you're fresh and ready to take things in. Something I read spoke about will power being strongest first thing in the morning and as the day goes on it is possible for your will power to reduce and you to be less likely to complete tasks later in the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author luckfactor
    Originally Posted by IO Cape Town View Post

    I've noticed some entrepreneurs noticing in their book that they get up at 5 am in the morning. But how do you do this without being tired throughout the day?
    I think just trying to wake up at the same time everyday no matter what time you sleep will fix the problem of low energy tiredness during the day. I got this idea from Steve Pavlina site Personal Development for Smart People - Steve Pavlina
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  • Profile picture of the author CoralBayLover
    During my apprenticeship as a carpenter I had to get up at that time everyday.

    As above, early bedtime, for me 830-9pm. Then having a clear task that you do immediately when you wake up without delay. e.g. Leaping out of bed, marching straight to the coffee machine without hesitation. It gets to the point that you spring out like a zombie even on weekends.

    Mornings are beautiful, and it feels good to get a head start on the rest of the lazy bones.
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    Waking up at 5 AM does not mean that you should sleep less. Just go to sleep earlier.


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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    Fall asleep eight hours before you want to wake up.

    Unless you are very tired or depressed, you will wake up automatically after 7 - 8:30 hours.
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    • The secret lies in havin' an accurate and reliable alarm clock...

      ...fitted to the door of a cell next to your bed which contains an enraged rhino.

      Alarm sounds.

      Door flies open.

      Rhino rampages into your bedroom.

      No way are you sleepin' over.

      Lightin' fuses is for blowin' stuff togethah.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mike McGovern
    It's simple. Program your subconscious with key directives that set the biological clock off. Your earnest desire to achieve more can work wonders.
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  • Profile picture of the author smasif15
    For waking up at 5 am you must know the purpose that why you want to make it. Once you have clear picture for the reason you want to wake up at 5 am it can be like
    1. For study
    2. For Health(wanna run & exercise)
    3. Meditation
    So what's you want to achieve By waking up at 5 am please write down and remember it when you are going to sleep, think about it when you are trying to sleep. Before sleeping read at least half an hour book, it will relieve your mind from stress and will make you feel good.
    Please avoid
    1. Eating after 8 pm
    2. Avoid listening music loudly after 10 pm
    3. Don't watch movies, TV serials after 10 pm
    4. Don't Gossip late nights

    Note- I don't follow either any one of those

    To know more or if you need any sorts of help
    E-mail :

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  • Profile picture of the author leilani
    It has been recommended that a person should get anywhere from 7 to 9 hours rest per night,

    Based on that, to get up at 5:00 AM, 8:00 PM for 7 hours, 9:00 PM for 8 hours and 10:00 PM for 9 hours.

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  • Profile picture of the author Flyingpig7
    Get a cat equally applies to dog/s ;owners who have to go on walkies early in the morning before going to work.
    I do get up (not my choice!!) anywhere between 5.30 and 6.30 to feed an insistant cat. It does not really affect my tiredness though.

    As a result I get to my desk at 7 am every morning for Im related work.

    Have a great day

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    • Nope.

      Still think my rhino idea is better'n this.

      And it's a great way to make a few bucks.

      You wouldn't need to sell many of those rhino-cell-alarm combos before you started earnin' back big time.

      Everyone makes it outta bed, we generate entrepreneurial revenue, and the rhinos get to have a reason for beatin' extinction.

      Win-win scenario.

      This whole thread proves there's a problem with the 'psychin' yerself to wake up' deal.

      If people could do it, we'd all be sorted, and this thread would be vapor.

      So I say we figure on a kinda split test experiment.

      Your souped up brains versus my crazed rhinos.

      Mebbe we book a hotel for a year, cram it with college students, and see how it all plays out.

      Early deaths should weed out the no-hoper losers so we'd mebbe have an even contest by Day 2.

      Where we gonna do this?

      Vegas has the hotels, and they're at the forefront of dollar science out there.

      But that means shippin' the rhinos over on a plane, and they ain't gonna buy that sucker.

      Unless this whole motivational deal works on those horny ole MFs, same as it does on us.

      Tellya, this one's a winner, guys.

      Lightin' fuses is for blowin' stuff togethah.

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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    If you just try waking up @ 5:00 A.M. out of nowhere it is going to suck and it will require a tremendous amount of willpower and motivation to keep it up.

    What I recommend is you start by waking up an hour earlier each day until you get to 5:00 A.M.

    So you could start by waking up @ 8:00 then 7:00 then 6:00 then 5:00

    Make sure you're getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep.

    Also, aim to be in bed by 9:00 P.M. and the latest 11:00 P.M.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
      Set your alarm for 5:00 a.m and do not take any naps during the day. Keep doing this everyday. You may feel tired at first, but your body will adapt and you will go to sleep early enough eventually. As a last resort take an over the counter sleep aid 30-60 minutes before going to bed. They work.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tomas Gabriel
      Originally Posted by Trey Morgan View Post

      If you just try waking up @ 5:00 A.M. out of nowhere it is going to suck and it will require a tremendous amount of willpower and motivation to keep it up.

      What I recommend is you start by waking up an hour earlier each day until you get to 5:00 A.M.

      So you could start by waking up @ 8:00 then 7:00 then 6:00 then 5:00

      Make sure you're getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep.

      Also, aim to be in bed by 9:00 P.M. and the latest 11:00 P.M.

      I agree with that statement. It takes about 31 days to 2.5 years to form a consistent habit though, depending on how big the goal is and how much you have to do, in terms of energy/time/money.


      The more POWERFUL your REASON WHY, the faster that habit will form.

      Everyone needs to find their own optimal time for working.

      Mine is from 02AM to 07AM then power nap, wake, do something I want/love then working until I get tired. Then rinse & repeat.

      If you have a STRONG reason why, you don't need as much sleep as people might think (the usual 8 hours that is). If you're fired up to go, then your conviction, excess energy & excitement makes up for the rest. After a while you DO need to take a breather though
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  • Profile picture of the author bushidosurfer
    When I am stressed with a lot on my mind i.e. things to do/think/solve ;-) I do get up 5 am (now 4.30am). The idea is you want to maximize your day. I still do set my alarm to make sure I am up latest by 5.

    This is the best time to be with yourself as it's quiet and best time to think, read, do your important stuff.

    The trick to get up right away is "not think about it". Just get up. Else you may hit the snooze and not make it. Know that you'll be tired etc. Just get up, drink a glass or 2 of water, and your mind will start to work (at least that works for me ;-)

    The other way as Trey pointed is to give yourself more time. Try an hour early. If that don't work, try 30 mins, and if that don't work try 10 mins :-) Make it easy for yourself to have some errors and course correct.

    Don't beat yourself up if you don't get up as planned. Just start small and reduce/increase from there.

    For me I stay away from carbs during the day, and stick to more protein diet. This helps a lot. I also try to take 20-30 min naps in the afternoon where possible as I don't get into bed till about midnight at times. Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmferret
    I wake up 5AM and the recipe is amazingly simple: I go to bed @ 9PM. Seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author SmartTim
    Set your alarm at 5am and SLEEP EARLY!!! Once you used to it, you will wake up routinely on that time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yvon Boulianne
    Ok No alarm, that`s not what it is about...
    I sleep at 11pm and up at 4-5 am (and i feel like i still sleep too much, allways having lot of energies ...)

    And the answer about how to do it ?

    Stop wasting your energies
    Relax, don`t stress, that`s what burning your energie
    Don`t yell, don`t be angree, don`t be frustrated but accept your reality
    Learn to breath, in your belly
    Stop eating full processed food, and drop meat, that just waste your energie creating more stress..
    stop smoking, drinking, overeating, too much coffee, over spending etc...

    Got it ? that`s because of your lifestyle, that`s what eating your energie !!!
    Now it`s not something that can be done tomorrow, took me 15 years (i`m a bit slow lol)

    The more energies you have, the more WILL you have, the more you can create your reality and are more cause over your life.

    Enjoy, the better is to come...
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  • Profile picture of the author 0xFF
    These last three years I've been up for 18 to 19 hours per day. This was the price to pay to succeed in the development of my software (see signature)... But, frankly, it's not a good idea ; really not. Nothing is free and your body will send you the bill if you don't respect it. So, now, since this summer, I resync myself and try to sleep at least 7 to 8 hours per day. Whatever be the time on which you awake, I think the most important is to preserve the length of your night ; or day, if you work during the night ;o)

    Good luck, you can do it !

    Eric, 00:44 AM here, in France.
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  • Profile picture of the author EricBernard
    I consistently wake up between 3:50-4:15 everyday without an alarm clock and I have been doing that for about 1.5 years. When I first started I set an alarm for 4:00AM every morning and that's how I got myself up. I just put my iPhone by my TV which is far away from me so I had to get up to get it in the morning.

    I did this for 2 months straight until one morning I woke up at 3:30 without my iPhone going off. Then the next morning I woke up again at about 3:45 before my alarm went off. Now pretty much ever since having two months of using my phone to wake me up early, I just wake up early on my own. Sometimes I will wake up and freak out thinking it is super late but then I check and the latest it usually is, is 4:30. I can go to sleep at like 1 or 2AM and still get up at 4 like it's nothing. So I said all that to say you should set a routine and stick to it. Then your body will be in a habit of doing that and it will be hard to stop even if you want to.
    Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
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  • Profile picture of the author superhuman247
    I think Jeff nailed it - You want to get up at 5am? Set your alarm for 5am then! Like many things in life, you have a choice - you want to get up early, choose to!

    Plus, your body is an incredible machine as long as you look after it well in other ways (nutrition, hydration etc it will adapt).
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    anything I can do?

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hanney
    It's different for everyone, some people are morning people, some are night people. It doesn't matter what time you start or finish as long as you work the desired time with the best efficiency and effectiveness to get the job done.

    I find whatever you chose try to form some habits and follow a system. Wake up, eat, do some meditation, then start working through your to do list that you made the night before. I tend to do my tasks that a reoccurring daily first thing, within an hour I am at full speed and can work on the more abstract tasks on my to do list. Don't worry what times other people are getting up, how long they work, how they go about doing it. As long as your system works for you, you have the work life balance and happiness you want and you are getting the desired outcome then you are succeeding!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gandolfo85
    What I found useful to get up earlier is limiting the use of technology at your minimum, especially during the evening and night time. Also, by increasing your physical activities during the day your body will be more tired while your mind will be more relaxed and prone to sleep. At least this is my experience.

    So, my advice is to reach a balance between physical and mental activities by introducing little pauses of stretching/exercising/walking/running during the day as often as possible.
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    • Profile picture of the author vicg100
      Aside from the obvious answers of going to sleep earlier and whatnot. Just ask yourself this when you find yourself struggling to get out of bed:

      "What do I want more, success and the accomplishment of my dreams? Or sleep?"

      "Would I rather sleep and dream, or live and make those dreams a reality?"

      Also, if you are truly passionate about something then you will want to be working on it every single second you have. Have a goal that will make you jump out of bed because you're that excited to work on it!
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  • Profile picture of the author tacassim
    you should understand that our sleep works or goes through average person's sleep cycle is around 90 minutes..try to research about sleep cycles..basically you should target to wake up at the end of the sleep cycle NOT at the middle, which will result you to wake up with grudge feeling. But the sleep cycle duration differs from person to could be 90 minutes, 100 minutes or 110 minutes..
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  • Profile picture of the author Priki
    Originally Posted by IO Cape Town View Post

    I've noticed some entrepreneurs noticing in their book that they get up at 5 am in the morning. But how do you do this without being tired throughout the day?
    Do you know what is the secret? - Learning and practice spirituality (metaphysic)!

    I used think that without sleeping we will die. I can never imagine to sleep less then 8h and think that those who sleep lees then 7 or 6h are fools... But, I was wrong. The first time when I start to read books, articles and watch some movies who are connected to the spiritual (metaphysic world) I actually realize that there so much that we should learn.

    Then, I start to practice meditation and includes prays. The results where amazing! I decrease my hours of sleep and I feel more powerful now!
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Lewis
    Originally Posted by IO Cape Town View Post

    I've noticed some entrepreneurs noticing in their book that they get up at 5 am in the morning. But how do you do this without being tired throughout the day?
    Haha. That should be pretty obvious I'd hope. You just sleep earlier, make sure you get 6-8 hours of sleep.

    My method of waking up is that my girlfriend works at Starbucks at 4:30am every morning. So I'm up at 3am haha.

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  • Profile picture of the author Caroline Lingard
    Don't read into everything you hear! Try things out for yourself. What works for one does not necessarily work for another. I spent a whole year trying to adapt to the 5am routine because 'they' said it was the right thing to do. Well, guess what? I don't rise until 10am these days (without an alarm clock) and I LOVE it! I sleep great every night and have plenty of energy to work well into the early hours. I'm more productive now than I ever was when I was going to bed early to get up at 5am. It just didn't suit me. So do your own thing! Find what suits you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Why do you need to get up at 5am?
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      • Profile picture of the author Charlie Ashton
        Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

        Why do you need to get up at 5am?
        Probably to clean the clock.
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  • Profile picture of the author hagendazz07
    I personnaly wake up at 5:30 every morning and the way I did it was to first :

    1. Associate a powerful reason (why) and emotions to it.
    2. Set 3 alarms at night at 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 so I know when I need
    to go to bed

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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    I wake up at 4:30 AM during week days.

    Waking up early does not mean that you get less sleep. It simply means that you go to sleep early


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  • Profile picture of the author Priki
    The last studies I have read was that people who usually go to work very early like 6, 7 or 8 am are more depressed then the others who have flexible time or go in shifts.

    According to the new research, in future we should start to go on work in 10:00 am, because we can be more productive and less stressful... What do you think about this?
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  • Profile picture of the author MiaSorensen
    My kids get up at 5am every day, so I have had to adjust to that, I used to go to bed at 12pm but I was always tired, and exhausted. Going to bed at 9pm the latest, so I can get my 8 hours of sleep is essential for me to be able to function properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author jw22777
    Wake up at 5 am and take power naps throughout the day.
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by jw22777 View Post

      Wake up at 5 am and take power naps throughout the day.
      I would recommend that you get some more sleep, might stop you from bumping ancient threads, and filling the OT up with crap!

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  • Profile picture of the author Joyce Birmingham
    Early to bed, early to rise...Depends what you're used to I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ratamok
    When you go to sleep think of when you must wake up and what will be the first thing you must remember to do (like I must not forget to watter my lemon tree). That way you activate your inner clock. I am able to wake up 1 min before my anoying alarm clock turns on .
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    • Profile picture of the author Avalyn Conner
      I was just talking about this with my significant other today. I am a total night-owl and have been for many years, while he is more of a morning person. For many reasons, I would much rather be on his schedule than mine and am trying to turn my whole schedule around.

      It is difficult...I still tend to stay up too late, especially if I slept too late that morning and telling myself to "just go to bed earlier" - as some have advised - is way easier said than done. Doesn't quite cut it, especially if I didn't even start my day til noon-ish. If I try to go to bed at 9pm, I will lay there wide awake for hours. Might as well just stay up.

      I've found it's the getting-up-early-no-matter-how-much-sleep-you-got that is going to start changing your pattern and will make you actually want and need to go to bed earlier at night, so as to get up earlier in the morning.

      I am forcing myself to get up a bit earlier every day, no matter how much sleep I have gotten the night before. I set several alarms spaced just a few minutes apart to ensure that I am not able to easily go back to sleep if I don't get right up as they start going off.

      Once I'm up, I immediately make my bed (so it doesn't look so inviting, lol) and get ready for the day (shower, dress, light breakfast, etc) as these things signify to my mind/body that it is time to become alert and productive.

      By the time I'm finished with all that, I feel mostly coherent, ready and willing to get things done. I might be slow at first and may still feel tired, but I repeatedly tell myself to push through it. I also try not to take naps of any length, as that is not only totally counter-productive for myself, but there are more important things to be doing, such as living and creating the life I want for myself! I also take a long, brisk walk every day for fresh air and exercise and try to eat mostly light meals.

      I am finding that I am getting tired a little earlier each night if I am following through with the above. It's just a matter of being consistent, which is where I keep tripping up. If I sleep in too late even one morning, I immediately fall back into my late schedule and have to start over. But I think that once I can do this for a couple of weeks straight, I will be able to stick with it and make it a permanent change.

      It sure can be frustrating in the process of change, but if there's a will, there's a way!
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  • Profile picture of the author MrVictorWilson
    Try to sleep earlier, you can get up earlier.
    I don't understand why you ask that question, but here your answer
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  • Profile picture of the author stephenm44
    Plenty of exercise before 5pm, eat a sensible diet, drink plenty of water and go to bed at 9.30pm.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    How to get up at 5am, probably a very loud alarm clock!

    But seriously stupid thread, Colleen McCullough, worked late at night and usually went to bed at 3 am or later, and slept in, and she is one of the most successful writers in Australia, (probably the world).

    So some doughbag saying that early to rise, early to bed will make the heavens open up is just flogging a book.

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  • Profile picture of the author timexer
    I'd have to fall asleep around 9 pm and set up 5 alarms that ring between 4-5 am. This is what would work for me. Also, setting up some kind of reward or playing your best song as you get up. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pat H
    I think it's more about figuring out when is your personal best time for productivity and then making sure you set up your life to maximize that. Some folks, like me, are more night people so they may just be going to bed at that time.
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