Wasabi Project: Project Early Bird Day 9

5:00 am.

Didn’t sleep till 11pm last night, but waking up wasn’t too difficult.  Alarm went off at 5:00 am, and I felt like sleeping in, but after checking email, and keeping my mind running, I felt that getting up was better than to stay in bed.

The weekend is here, I’ll try getting some good rest in, to start week 3 strong.

Wasabi Project: Project Early Bird Day 8

5:00 am.

Waking up today was much easier than past days.

Probably the easiest of all the previous days.  The alarm went off at 5 and I felt like I was going back to sleep, but I kept my mind awake while waiting for my body to wake up.

What I mean by saying ‘keeping my mind awake’ is that I kept my mind thinking about things rather than having it drift away.  I also checked email which helped me keep my mind on things other than sleep.

The night before, I had dinner around 6:30 pm and didn’t have anything else which may also have contributed to the ease of rising early.

Tomorrow is Friday, I’d love to finish strong this week!

Wasabi Project: Project Early Bird Day 7

6:15 am.

Waking up today was also very difficult.  5:00 am had turned into 6:15 am.

I am now able to get up before 6:30am without much problem.  Still having problems sleeping before 11pm.  Slept around 11:15pm last night, which does not aid in waking up early.

Other contributing factors to difficulty in waking up:  Went to the gym till 9:30pm and had a piece of chicken with salsa right before getting ready for bed, probably a bad idea.

Wasabi Project: Project Early Bird Day 6

6:00 am.

Goal was to sleep at 10pm the night before.  I was able to get into bed at 10, but not able to sleep.

Having the window open, there was still a lot of noise from cars/people up and about.  Was able to go to sleep around 11.
Had dinner around 9:30, which may have contributed to not being able to sleep.  Dinner was very light, mostly vegetables.
Waking up was extremely difficult, groggy and heavy.  Ended up sleeping in for another hour after the alarm went off.

Wasabi Project: Project Early Bird Day 4

It’s Friday, and all I got was another 7:30 am.

It’s only been the first week, and I already feel that waking up early is quite the task.  Although I’ve improved about 30 min from when I first started, I was expecting a little more.  Not a big surprise considering I’ve never been able to wake up early.

Ok, the weekend is coming, time to rest up and start strong on Monday.

Wasabi Project: Project Early Bird Day 1

First day of Project Early Bird

A semi-success.
My aim was to wake up at 5:00 am.
This is considering I barely get up at 8:00 am.
Right as the alarm went off, I had turned it off unconsciously.  After a few minutes, I noticed that the alarm clock might have gone off, so I checked the time. 6:00 am.  It’s not 5:00 am, but much better than my usual 8:00 – 8:10 am routine, so I consider this a ‘semi-success.’

Wasabi Project: Project Early Bird

I never get to work on time.

I have to wake up earlier.

I tell myself, ‘I can,’ then when the alarm rings, I tell myself “I can’t.”

I have to wake up earlier

I read motivational literature and tell myself “I can wake up early” then I read studies on night owls and tell myself, “Maybe I can’t wake up early.”

I have to wake up earlier.

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Waking up early has been an Achilles heel for me ever since I can remember. Throughout school, and into my career, I’ve been held back in life because I have had such a hard time waking up early enough to get to school/work. To some, waking up at 8:00 am, or even 7:00 am isn’t a problem, but for a night owl like me, waking up at 8:00 am is a battle against everything ‘me.’ When the alarm rings, my mind says ‘no,’ then I ask my body if its ready to wake up and I get the answer ‘no way!’

I’ve been asked questions such as, “If it’s so difficult to wake up, why not look for a job that fits your schedule?” In fact, I’ve worked many nights and into the early morning as a photography editor in Hollywood. Although the late work schedule satisfied my biological clock, sleeping during the day while the world is awake, makes it difficult to complete everyday responsibilities, because by the time I’m ready to go, everyone is sleeping! But more than anything, I ‘want’ to become an early riser.

I’ve tried to wake up early many times, all ending in failure. Setting multiple alarm clocks, having friends call me, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, turning on the lights, keeping the lights on while I sleep, blaring the radio with the bass turned way up. Nothing had worked to this point, but I am still determined, determined to become an early riser!

My goal is to consistently wake up at 5:00 am on weekdays within a month.

I will name this project as ‘Project Early Bird’ and chronicle my successes and failures as I work to become an early bird. Welcome, and enjoy the show.

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