Since being a teenager I've struggled to wake up early. I used to go to sleep on average around 2am to 3am. I'm usually in bed by midnight now but snooze from anywhere between 10 minutes to 2.5 hours, ultimately feeling more tired and regretting my wasted morning. This bad habit destroys countless hours of my life. Enough's enough. It's time to tackle the big one and sort this out. For the next 30 days I'm going to wake up and get out of bed at 6:00. As soon as my alarm goes off at 6:00 I will get out of bed, no snoozing, no telling myself "I'll just have ten minutes more sleep". I'm focusing on wake up time and will go to sleep whenever I feel tired. I'm someone who naturally needs their sleep. Couple this with my high levels of physical training and I may well find myself going to bed very early. I've also always considered myself a night person and often work until the small hours. I'm interested to prove or disprove this theory. I'd like to move on to build a morning routine but for the moment I'm just focusing on waking up at a consistent 'early' time and getting out of bed.Ollie Rattue
This challenge was a lot harder than expected, far harder than giving up smoking. I now understand that becoming an early means changing all sorts of other habits and ways of living. Needs a lot more thought. However this challenge has made the value of early starts crystal clear. I know it's the way I want to live my life, I can't ignore this now. As such I'm working on it as part of a larger self improvement project. My next challenge, no alcohol for 30 days.
Up at 6:30 today, on New Years day. Yes that's right I didn't go out last night going to bed at 10:30! Done 20 mins on the exercise bike and now off for a dusk walk to see the sunrise. Feel like I've kicked this one off as I mean to go on.
After a Christmas week with my family I am back into the early starts. Today I was up at 6:30am. I love these mornings, the struggle is integrating the early to bed / early to rise routine with my social life.
Last weekend was my Birthday weekend. It had been a long week and a few late nights led to the 6am wake up going ou the window. So I've failed my 30 day challenge, however it's not all negative. I'm set on the benefits of an early rise. Today was back to 6am. Should I restart this challenge? Maybe. Some questions have arisen. First an early rise makes socialising at night a near impossibility during the week. Meeting someone at 6pm works but seeing them after dinner, say 8:30pm or 9pm, just doesn't 'fit'. As for a night out on the weekend, well it blows everything. I've already realised the power of keeping my wake up time fixed throughout the week, nights out are simply not compatible with an early rise. I feel I'm growing up and those kinds of party nights are seeming less and less appealing, but it's tricky to fully let go. I guess as I'm valuing my time more, and with more commitments it becomes scarcer, I want to make the most of it. I'm deliberating with doing a 'no alcohol' January. I've also got some strong personal and financial goals that I want to realise in 2013. The festive season is always a time of reflection for me, this year it appears to of started early. More to come.
Felt crazy setting my alarm for 6am when I was going to bed at 12:30. Had been out for some drinks with a friend, then my girlfriend got stuck coming back late from a wedding reception so I did the noble thing and picked up her. Didn't got back to sleep but lay in bed whilst she got ready for work. Feel groggy now and looking forward to an early night tonight. I went out for a couple of drinks on Tuesday night as well. As my wake up time was fixed I knew that every hour I spent out would make me feel worse the next day. That has an odd regulating effect. Before it didn't matter, I'd just wake up later. So waking up early is forcing me into my virtuous life choices. I also found Link to item which tells you times you should go to sleep based on circadian sleep patterns. My perfect times are 10:30 or 12. Interesting.
Today I woke up at 6am. Third day in a row, hell yeahs! Usually my girlfriend dashes around the room, late for work, having stayed up late the night before to fit in with my (old)night owl habits, as I lie in a comatose zombie state. Last night we decided to get an early night and have an early relaxed breakfast together. This morning was great, and I loved sharing that time together. t's strange that despite getting only six and a half hours of sleep last night, unheard of for me, I feel wide awake this morning. I'm sleeping less but have more energy throughout the day.
Woke up at 6am when my alarm went off and got straight out of bed. Switched it off and sat on the side of my bed. I could feel the lure of lying down but I fought and forced myself out of the door. 10 minutes on the exercise bike, a shower, breakfast, lit the fire. Now settling down to start work at 7am. These productive mornings make me feel great.
1 o clock and I'm feeling tired. I've really been focused whilst programming today and feel my work has been of very high quality. Feeling like I am close to crashing though. Going to do one more hours work and then go for a walk in the forest. Maybe that will wake me up.
First day, woke up 10 seconds before my alarm went off at 6 am. Got straight out of bed, drank a cup of herbal tea, 10 minutes on the exercise bike, 40 pressups, 50 sit ups, shower, breakfast and then to work. This is such an unrecognisable morning for me I'm wondering if I am still asleep and dreaming. Feel fairy awake, with a sense that I have already 'achieved'. I'm sure I'll be tired tonight but then I'll just go to bed early, simple.
Reading 'What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life' by Laura Vanderkam. I'm actually excited to go to sleep tonight to wake up early tomorrow!
Reading up on information and stories of those who became early risers. Basing my efforts largely on this guide - Link to item
Challenge start: Become an early riser.