Today’s challenge might be a difficult one for some, but it is definitely key to being more productive. The challenge: wake up early for the next 7 days. Now early can be subjective, as one person’s definition of early is different from another’s.
Let me tell you my waking up early story. For the longest time, for years I would say, I could not for the life of me get up early and I barely go up in enough time to make it to work on time. It was a real struggle. Then one night, I found myself with a severe case of insomnia, I could not sleep for the life of me. This insomnia lasted for a few days, sleep was a very elusive thing during that time. Well, to combat the insomnia, I started doing things, working on things, productive types of things to make the time pass faster. I accomplished so much during those sleepless nights and what was even better was that I liked how productive I had become. When sleep returned to me, I most certainly wanted to keep that productivity momentum going. Since I had become accustomed to the early morning hours and the quiet that comes with it, I decided to start setting my alarm for 4am. It was a very difficult thing at first, but my body soon got use to the early mornings, so much so that my body now craves less sleep so that I am able to accomplish more than I could imagine in one day. Now I am not saying that in the next 7 days you will be able to wake up naturally, that will take a little bit of time, but this way you will be able to see the results you are able to get by getting up just a little bit early.
It is important to remember that when you get up early to start the day, for the first 20 to 40 minutes, you must move, be and keep active. Without this movement, you will fail to stay engaged with the work that you have to do.
So that is today’s challenge. See you tomorrow for the next challenge.