30 Day Challenge: Waking up at 5am every day

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I did a challenge on this in October, but going by what time I did it, I know why I failed. It is because all of the sunrise times were at like 7:30am at that time of the year, and then when that stopped me I gave up and started sleeping until 2 in the afternoon. I noticed that I felt very lethargic and weak when I went to bed at 4am and slept until 2am.

I haven't been doing so bad lately I usually wake up around 6am, but I want to shift back to 5am and running the pro-athlete protocol (inspired by Robin Sharma, a marketing and personal development success). Since it is now April and the light times are much better I am doing the trial now, so when the darkness comes again, it wont affect me because the 5am will be a habit by then.

As I mentioned the pro athlete protocol, this is what it is:
1) Get up at 5am, brush teeth etc.
2)Workout, at least 15 minutes (after watching a Robin Sharma VLOG I found out that it pumps endorphins into your body, and these good effects last 15hours after the workout).
3) I will then drink a cup of tea and write in my journal, so I can get anything out of my system. It will also put me in a positive mindset so I will begin thinking about my goals and become more optimistic.
4) Shower, and whilst showering, do affirmations. These will also get me into a positive mindset.
5) My daily 5. What 5 things must I so today for this to be a valuable day?

I will try and report each day during the 30 day trial, if I can't then I may do 2 days on 1 post.

Wish me luck!

EDIT: This has now become a 6am challenge to be more productive and my reasons for this are in reply 7
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  • Profile picture of the author Not So New
    That's awesome Jake ... would love to hear of your progress.

    I also get up at 5am to start my day ... There's something about being up and getting things done before 95% of the world is even awake that is truly inspiring : )

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    • Profile picture of the author jakearms3
      Originally Posted by Not So New View Post

      That's awesome Jake ... would love to hear of your progress.

      I also get up at 5am to start my day ... There's something about being up and getting things done before 95% of the world is even awake that is truly inspiring : )

      Shawn
      Definitely, and the fact that a lot has already been accomplished by the time others are starting the day will motivate me to keep up the progress the whole day!
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      Originally Posted by Not So New View Post

      That's awesome Jake ... would love to hear of your progress.

      I also get up at 5am to start my day ... There's something about being up and getting things done before 95% of the world is even awake that is truly inspiring : )

      Shawn
      What time do you go to bed at to be able to get up at 5am everyday ?
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      • Profile picture of the author luna522
        I feel so good about myself right now, lol...but I'm a cheater. I already get up at 5 am to prepare for my day job. I clock in at 6:30, I get up at 5 to go walk the dogs, shower/get ready, have breakfast, and pack lunch and do a quick cleanup of the apartment before I leave.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bhekizwe
    All the best."Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy and wise"-Proverbs
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    • Profile picture of the author Odahh
      Originally Posted by Bhekizwe View Post

      All the best."Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy and wise"-Proverbs

      ben franklin wrote that but when he was over in france getting support for the american revolution ..he was up all night partying with the nobles and the people with influence ..

      the real idea of the concept.. is to get your productive hours in when there are very few chances to be distracted ..

      my most creative time runs about 9pm to 2am ..my pc died a month ago so i have been going to sleep at 10pm and waking up early ..and my brain doesn't activate ..

      it is a matter of figuring out when your golden hours are and planning your day to get as much productive work in then.. leave the rest of the day for the pencil pushing and the paper work
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  • Profile picture of the author jakerobinsonvt
    Gary Halbert (famous copywriter) used to wake up at 6 am then run and exercise every morning. he wrote about it in The Boron Letters. Anyway, good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author m00d
      Hey,

      Please make me a plan like yours but include my late night bourbon drinking in there...

      Thanks!!

      Just joking....
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  • Profile picture of the author createvalueshare
    Great plan and keep it real! Wake up at 5am is one of my new habits that I have been building up since Jan 14, 2013. I just summarized my results by the end of March for the 1st quarter. I got 80% of it (with Saturday and Sunday included). Even though it's the one I am doing the worst among my 5 habits started at the same time, I still think I was benefit a lot by getting up early, especially I usually spend no less than 3 hours with my son everyday. The production between 5am to 6:30am has been huge to me.

    Keep up the great work!
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  • Profile picture of the author jakearms3
    Hi after thinking during the day, I realised that 5am would be too early for me, because going to bed at 9pm means missing out on social life and fun, or at least getting a lot less than I would like. So I decided to make it a 6am challenge. I know I already get up at 6am, but part of the challenge is to make it a productive morning. Just having a challenge for it may make it much easier to feel alert quicker too.

    Plus going to bed at 10pm is handleable for me. In fact 10pm is when I start to have had enough and get ready for bed. So It is from now a 6am challenge
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    • Profile picture of the author createvalueshare
      Originally Posted by jakearms3 View Post

      Hi after thinking during the day, I realised that 5am would be too early for me, because going to bed at 9pm means missing out on social life and fun, or at least getting a lot less than I would like. So I decided to make it a 6am challenge. I know I already get up at 6am, but part of the challenge is to make it a productive morning. Just having a challenge for it may make it much easier to feel alert quicker too.

      Plus going to bed at 10pm is handleable for me. In fact 10pm is when I start to have had enough and get ready for bed. So It is from now a 6am challenge
      5am or 6am, the time does not really make too much difference. I was wondering what do you usually do after you wake up early.

      I wake up at 5 and do some readings from 5-5:45am and from 5:45 to 6:30am I am working on my eBook or blog. Do you have anything planned out for early morning?
      Keep up your great work!
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  • Profile picture of the author JF Garsula
    I usually sleep at 5AM but I think this post made me realize how important it is to have a routine. It is also what most successful people do based on several videos on YouTube.
    Great stuff man!
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  • Profile picture of the author Natniszakov
    Creating a habit like that will definitely help you to accomplish all the things you want.
    I'm glad for you !
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  • Profile picture of the author Trinny
    I must get myself one of those alarm clocks that move around the room or shoot up into the air so you just can't reach over and hit the snooze button.

    One of my friends puts her alarm clock in a cupboard that has a combination lock. By the time she gets up and works out the combination, she is well and truly awake.
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  • Profile picture of the author Japles
    Awesome!

    I am also in the process of doing a 5 am challenge. I wrote a thread similar to yours about it but it got deleted since they don't allow "follow me" threads on here.

    I hope this thread stays though because I find these to be the most interesting ones to read. It's also a great way to stay accountable! Goodluck man
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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Chandran
    I remember reading somewhere that there are 2 kinds of people in this world... the kind that can wake up at the crack of dawn.. but can't stay awake at night; and the kind that can burn the midnight oil but struggle with the alarm clocks in the morning...


    You're born like that... and what really matters is not sleeping or waking times but the amount of constructive work done while awake.

    Just my $0.02.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    Nice post Jake. It sounds like it is working for you.

    When I first started online in 2002 I would get up every morning at 4:30 a.m. and spend 2 hours learning and doing Internet marketing. I had a full time sales job and 2 kids in sports so time was my most precious asset. Getting up early can be tough on some days, but having a big goal to full time online kept me at it for 4 years until I reached that goal.

    Best of luck to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Looking forward to hearing about your progress. This seems like a productive day but I don't want to wake up at 5am lol, can I start at 7?

    Hahah I stay up late so I don't see why anything would change if you simply start that routine a few hours later...
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  • Profile picture of the author vic alexander
    the early bird catches the worm as they say.
    If i get up early around 6. I can do my affirmations, catch up on tv with breakfast and by 9am
    I am actually ready to work.
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  • Profile picture of the author jakearms3
    Over the past few days, I have not woken up at 6am, but around 6:45-6:50am. I found after a weekend of testing that I feel at my absolute best when I go to bed at 10:30pm and wake up around 6:45am. It must just be my internal clock. I still class myself as an early riser since 6:45am is an early time. Another amazing thing about this is that I don't need an alarm clock. I can go to bed between 10:30 and 11:00 and wake up at 6:45 without a set alarm, so the alarm is more of a thing that stops me from sleeping in than something that I need to wake me up. I noticed that without relying on an alarm clock I feel much more alert during the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jolly Roger
    Hey Jake, I like how you come back for more. Keep going!
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  • Good work, Jake. Nothing can deny you success with the kind of determination you are showing. What inspires me so much is the way you came to understand your earlier failure and move on to a more comprehensive plan with much, much better working hours.

    I also like the plan of incorporating some of your personal agenda into your attack plan. Very wise idea not to cut yourself off from the personal improvement concepts you hold dear including personal hygiene and personal positive affirmations. Good Job.
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  • Profile picture of the author vic alexander
    I am so angry with myself for not getting up at 6 this morning. It has put my routine so out of sink. Anyone else feel this way when they sleep in.?
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  • Profile picture of the author jakearms3
    I have noticed that I seem to yawn a lot and get headaches. I looked this up and I found out I may be oversleeping. I got 8.25 hours by going to bed at 10:30pm and waking up at 6:45am. I guess it must be oversleeping because I have felt better with 7.5-8 hours. I could alter it so I'm going to bed at 10pm and getting up at 6am. I should then get less headaches. I shall do that tonight and I will report back tomorrow on whether I got any headaches or grogginess. Wish me luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author rickwill71
      good luck jake, best part of the day, i read a stat somewhere that 75% of americas work get's done in the mornings after lunch "siesta"
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  • Profile picture of the author jakearms3
    This thread has been more of a "learn from my mistakes thread". I think that sharing my results helped me to mould this early rising around my life. Now with all these tips in place I am ready to start an actual 30 day trial to waking up at a specific time, so that I am not inconsistent. So people don't have to scroll down this thread to realize a proper trial is in place I will create a separate thread for it. I will add a link to it for you guys so you can give feedback or just read the daily comments.
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