Today is Sunday. I type these words at 5:33 a.m., which means that I’ve been awake and writing for just over 30 minutes. When I heard the buzzing of my phone alarm clock, I got out of bed, walked across the room, and turned it off. I went to the bathroom, splashed cold water on my face, brushed my teeth, did five jumping jacks to wake myself up, and headed downstairs to the trusted Keurig. After grabbing my favorite cup of Joe, I headed upstairs to my Mac, (one of my favorite trusted family members), and started blogging.
5 AM may sound crazy to most, but the reason I took on this challenge is not because I’m a morning person (cuz I’m not) but because of the peaceful “me time” I get when no one else is up and vying for my time! The mind is fresh and rested, and I can work without interruption. No kids, no buzzing cellphone, no noise. I can be creative and focused in a way that my busy, mom day never permits. It’s hard to wake up at that hour, but the work is always better. And when I finish, I can go through the rest of the day with the satisfaction of knowing that I got some quality work done. In the words of Mikey…“try it…you’ll like it!”
For the next 30 days, get up at 5 a.m. every single day. Go to the gym for an early-morning workout, meditate, take a cold shower, work on your book or blog, or simply make some coffee and enjoy the quiet of the morning.
*A few days before you begin, decide what your morning routine will look like for the next 30 days.
*The night before, in order to get a good night’s sleep:
*Do not eat or drink after 7:30 p.m., except water.
*Turn off screens after 9 p.m.; read, stretch, or meditate instead.
*Double check your alarm or phone and place it on the opposite side of the room so that you’re forced to physically get out of bed.
–The morning of:
- Immediately get out of bed to turn your alarm off—no hesitation.
- Start moving. Do five pushups or jumping jacks so that your body feels more awake and energized.
- Splash cold water on your face or get into the shower.
- Begin your morning routine.
- WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW OFTEN – list the details of the challenge on the Accountability Tracker.
2. DOCUMENT IT ON THE CHALLENGE CALENDAR:
3. THE REWARD – don’t forget to document your reward on the accountability tracker! How will you reward yourself? Do you respond better to milestone rewards or are you holding out for the big daddy upon completion? What will it be? What motivates you?
4. KEEP TRUDGING FORWARD – don’t give up. If you fall off the wagon, keep moving forward! Ask for help. That’s what family and friends are for!
5. REFLECTION – reflect on the challenge – what went well, and what could be better. Learn from this and use this to improve on yourself and your future challenges!
What’s your Challenge? Get started today!