For the last 7 days I’ve been getting up at 5:30am. Yes, that’s right. Half five in the morning. As soon as my alarm rings I get up, switch on the light and shake off any sleepiness.
It hasn’t been easy, that’s for sure, and I know it sounds quite extreme, but I did it because I wanted to see how beneficial it would be and if it could make me more productive. In short, it has. And I would definitely encourage you to give it a try!
The main benefit of getting up at 5:30am is you have more time to get things done. Every morning I had loads of time to write in my journal, meditate and pray, exercise, read for 1hr and even eat my breakfast slowly and in peace. In fact, these last few days I have been able to establish a great morning routine.
I especially liked going to the gym early in the morning as my workout was out of the way before the day “actually started”. Exercising early gives me a lot of energy and is a good mood-booster too. By the time I got to school I felt alive, proud of myself and energised.
On the other hand, the struggle with waking up at 5:30am is that I needed to take a nap by the early afternoon because I was so sleepy if I didn’t already have a coffee that morning.
I’m notorious in my class for my occasional naps but this last week I was definitely “Queen of the Nap”. I couldn’t manage a single day without a quick lunchtime recharge. That said, I was particularly exhausted last week because I was perform ‘Julius Caesar‘ twice a day.
We’d finish around 10:15pm so I wasn’t in bed until 11:30pm – often later than that since my mind kept running, analysing the day’s performances. I was therefore getting less than 6 hours of sleep which is not enough for me. (Hell to the nah, to the nah, nah, naah!)
This next week will be different as I don’t have any more shows and I’ll be less tired for sure.
Overall, the buzz that I got from my early morning workouts as well as being able to read daily far outweighs the struggle of drinking coffee and napping during the day. If I aim for 7-8hrs I probably won’t need any coffee at all. And I guess napping isn’t a bad thing as long as I’m not dozing off mid-class…
The first few days of these early starts were definitely the hardest as it takes a bit of time to change your body clock. But once things have adjusted it’s just a question of self-discipline and commitment.
My alarm is now set for a second week at 5:30am. I’ll keep you updated on how things are doing.