I’ve decided to get up at 5 A.M. for the month of April. Yes, 30 days with a 5 A.M. wake-up call. I can do this alone, but it would be more fun with a few cohorts. So who’s with me?
I didn’t arbitrarily decide to start getting up at 5 am, nor am I one of those bloggers who’s company is paying them to take on some 30 hack and write about it (though I’m not opposed to that if anyone wants to step forward!). Let me explain how this came to be.
Every year about this time I go to the Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego. It’s always a fantastic event and consistently puts a little pep back in my work step and helps me get my creative mojo energised. With a full week away from the office and kids and a home that needs cleaning, I take the time to set some goals for myself and my business, to put into action some of the new things I’ve learned at the conference. This year was no different. In fact, I’m currently in San Diego as I write this, sitting on my little veranda with my laptop, Evernote, my Erin Condren journal and iPhone trying to organise and solidify as much as I can before I get on my 6 A.M. flight tomorrow.
I have some great plans! My clients are going to be super pumped when they see some of the things I have in store for them. But what does this have to do with a 5 am wake up call you ask? Well, quite simply, I need more time! And I need to work more efficiently. And I need to focus. And I need to not get so wrapped up in all of these great plans that I forget to take care of me! 5 A.M. is my sanity saver. 5 A.M. is my me time. 5 A.M. is my “I’m up before you are and I’m ready to kick butt” start to the day. I already know I’m a more productive person when I get up early. I have a better attitude, and I actually sleep better when I get up earlier. If all that wasn’t motivation enough there is the fact that I’m in the process of selling and buying a home, I have an employee going out on maternity leave in a couple months, my kids have 6.5 days off from school in April and half my clients are going into their busy season. Time to put my best foot forward and getting up at 5 A.M. is going to help me do that.
So, what’s your reason? How could getting up at 5 A.M. with me, benefit your life? Are you willing to try? I’d love to hear your “why” in the comments. Or feel free to private message me on Facebook or Twitter if that’s more your jam.
If you need some “evidence” as to the benefits of getting up early, I encourage you to check out this article in Women’s Health. Or this one in Forbes citing several studies on the benefits of early risers. The one that hit me at just the right time (literally fell into my Facebook newsfeed this morning) was this article in Inc. Magazine Why You Should Wake Up at 5 A.M. Every Day.
So, off I go. Wish me luck. My plan is to ease my way into it this week by going to bed and rising a smidgeon earlier each day. Do let me know if you’re willing to give it a go. I’d love some company in my early riser club!
Up and at em early bird!