“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.”
– Benjamin Franklin
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I’ve always been terrible at waking up early. As soon as the alarm went off, I would hit the snooze button faster than I could think about hitting the snooze button. I hated waking up early, I felt too tired, too groggy. I had tried many times to become an early riser, only to fail every single time. As I mentioned in my previous posts, because I was a night owl, I always felt best after the sun went down. Being a night owl may not have been such a problem if my work schedule fit my natural sleep patterns, but I was expected to be in the office at 8am which made for an entertaining morning sprint out the door every single day!
Fortunately, I was able to overcome the night owl chronotype by studying and experimenting with various theories and creating an effective method of early rising. After many attempts and many failures, I was able to re-create myself as an early bird. I currently wake up at 5:00 am and since creating the habit, I have personally seen a marked decrease in procrastination and solid improvement in my punctuality. If that’s not enough to convince you to wake up, here are a few more gifts waking up early will award you with.
I’ve always envied people who were able to wake up early and get their day started while people were still in their beds sound asleep. On the very few occasions that I had to wake up at the crack of dawn, I would always enjoy the tranquility of the early morning. The sound of birds chirping, the cool crisp air and the beauty of sunrise as it casts light onto the sleeping city. Even though I enjoyed every aspect of early mornings (except for the groggy feeling of being up so early), being a night owl, I was never able to experience the many benefits of early rising.
Every morning was always haste, waking up in panic, cursing at the clock, jumping out of bed, showering up and running out to the car for an anxiety fueled drive to work. No, I was never able to even eat breakfast before rushing to work. To the casual observer, this is obviously an unhealthy living; not only am I jumping out of bed in panic that I had overslept, but having no time for a relaxed breakfast and the anxiety fueled rush to work driving as if I was on the final lap of a F1 race. I was miserable in the mornings and it showed in the office.
I was extremely tired and felt very heavy waking up. Knowing it was the 4th week of my project, I couldn’t help but wake up and bask in the glory. A few changes in my strategy helped me wake up early and I was able to average earlier than the past 3 weeks.
I’ll have to sleep in tomorrow (Saturday) and sleep off my sleep debt I’ve accumulated during the week.
My goal isn’t to wake up early during the weekdays, accumulate sleep debt and have it haunt me on the weekends. I will have to readjust my sleep schedule accordingly to keep me from sleep debt. Although I will be ending my daily project progress posts, I’ll be refining my strategies and will post updates in the future.
Thank you for following my posts as I progressed though “Project Early Bird” my first step towards big change!
I slept around 11pm and then woke up around 12am and tossed and turned for about 15 min before I was able to sleep again. I ate dinner late, around 8:45pm and ate till about 80% full. I obviously made some bad decisions. I slept late last night and the night before so I feel a bit tired. I have to learn from my mistakes!
I have been definitely getting into the groove of waking up early and it’s not as difficult as it was during the first 3 weeks. But I’m not going to be letting my guard down until I can consistently wake up early on autopilot.
Last night, I had dinner early which helped me get to sleep early.
Good morning everyone, it’s a new week, another chance to get it right.
I took the time this weekend to analyze my early rising strategies and changed things that wasn’t working for me. I hope to wake up earlier than 5:30 am this week on average. Technically, since I’m only counting the weekdays (and started the project on a Tuesday), I’m on day 15. But this is week 4, so I will work hard to finish up strong and work on consistency after this week.
I’ve just finished up the 3rd week of Project Early Bird and I will be reflecting on my early rising strategies during the weekend to improve my rising times for week 4.
Although my rising times have been greatly improved, my goal of a consistent rising time of 5:00 am has yet to be achieved.
As expected, my week one performance was on average about 2 hours off my target of 5:00 am. I was able to wake up early consistently week 2, and I would be very happy if I am able to consistently keep the performance of week 2 up. Week 3 didn’t go so well, and my rising times suffered. I’ll have to further study how I can improve and make waking up earlier, easier than it has been the past week.