My Experience: Trying to join the 5 A.M Club

by - May 21, 2019

So, last week, I decided to try out the famous "5 a.m club".  I decided I'll try it for 1 week (Monday to Friday only).

So, what exactly is "The 5 A.M Club"?

I first heard of this a few years back, but more recently sometime last year. I think it was because a lot of people around me were reading and/or talking about the book by the same title, by Robin Sharma.

"The 5 A.M Club" is basically what people who wake up at 5 AM daily, are a part of. That's it. Its basically when you wake up "before the rest of the world" and get stuff done. Those who are a part of this 5 AM club claim that it changes your life, for the better. Specifically improves productivity, health and happiness... apparently. 

Why I decided to try out this 5 A.M club

I have not felt productive over the last few months. And from speaking to a few people in my life that seem to have their lives in order, the one thing they have in common is that they wake up pretty early. Like 5 or 5:80 latest. And its to either meditate, work-out, write or just get a head start on work and stuff for the day.

And I know I want to be more productive, I want to spend more time with God in the mornings, and I want to just prep myself well for the day ahead. So that's why I decided to try this.

And what a task it was. This was my experience:

So I started my "5 A.M Club" journey on Monday, 13 May 2019 until Friday, 17 May 2019.
(I usually wake up at 6:30, and leave for work at 07:45 as my work starts at 8 AM.)

Day 1 - Monday: I set my alarm the previous night, but I went to bed late. I went to bed at like 11:30 pm. So when my alarm rang at 5 A.M, I was like "how is the night over??" So I hit the snooze button, and took a quick 30 minute nap. And I got up at 5:30. Got to have a prayer session, set out my tasks for the day and just prep for the day. It really made my day a lot more bearable. And I could have done more if I actually got up at 5.

Day 2 - Tuesday: I tried so hard, you guys. Like, really hard. My alarm went off at 5 and I turned it off and went back to bed. I woke up at 6:30. I just could keep my eyes open. But I made a promise to myself that Wednesday would be different. And the winter is upon us... Its just soooo cold.

Day 3 - Wednesday: Wow guys. I actually did it. I actually woke up as soon as my alarm went off. At exactly 5:01 A.M, I was on feet and ready to get my day started. Yawning and practically dragging my feet. But i got up and got a few things done. My prayer session, daily planner, a nice full breakfast. Just a lot. The day of course, was extremely easy for me. (At this point I'm thinking "wow, this actually works".

Day 4 - Thursday: My mind was so committed to waking up at % A.M that I actually found myself wide awake at 4:30, waiting for my alarm to go off. So I got up at 5 A.M and got on with the day. And I was in a very chirpy mood that morning. Maybe because I could smell the weekend. But once again, the day really just seemed to get better from then on.

Day 5 - Friday: Once again, my alarm went off at 5 A.M, I hit the snooze button, but I got up at 5:30. Not 5 AM exactly, but close.And like the other two days that i woke up before I could see some light outside my window, the day was good. Better than most.

So will I continue with this 5 AM club thing?

I think so. but I think I'll start off with 5:30 A.M. Its just easier for me. And its a commitment I'm willing to make and keep to. So this week, I'm trying 5:30 as my wake up time, and maybe some day I'll re-join the 5 A.M club. But for now, its 5:30 for me.

What I learned from this experience:

To be successful at this, you REALLY have to want to do it. Don't just do it because you heard it works. Really want to do it. And then commit to getting up when your alarm goes off. No excuses. Have a Plan in motion. Know what exactly you want to do with this extra time you now have from waking up earlier than usual, and then o exactly that. Then you will probably see results. I know I only tried it for a week, but even on the few days I managed to get up early, I noticed my days were just so much more productive, I was happier and just at ease. 

I can only imagine the long-term effects of waking up at 5 A.M.

Let me know about your experience with being a part of 5 A.M club in the comments.

Thanks fro reading! 

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