Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve been waking up at 4 am for a month! Well, 4:30 if you want to be technical. But never the less, I’ve been up before the crack of dawn, before the sun has even had it’s coffee, for a month. A WHOLE ENTIRE MONTH. Crazy, right? Well, I definitely thought I was crazy at first. I mean what teenager wants to wake up at 4? DURING SUMMER BREAK??? Not a single one. But I did it and I’m going to tell you all about it!
Why I decided to start waking up at 4
As a lot of you already know, I am a busy person. This summer I had 2 internships, I was working on my blog and other projects, as well as preparing for school and 2020. So I’ve been taking on a lot. While others were at the beach or mall with friends, I was either at work or at home working on my projects (or at work, working on my projects… sorry not sorry). Now I’m not judging anyone for going to the beach (I actually love seeing people enjoy their days). But, I’m saying that this summer I wanted to work hard. I chose to take on a lot of responsibilities and sacrifice my summer. Which brings me to my reasoning.
I made the decision to start waking up at 4 am back in April. I knew that I was going to have a busy summer and not enough time for anything. So I figured that the best way to have extra time was waking up before everyone else. I knew that my busy schedule meant that I wouldn’t have time to be on my own or work on my blog as much. Therefore, I chose to wake up early to have a little me time and extra time to work on my blog.
So once the summer hit, I started waking up at 4. And then failed.. And then did it again… Only to fail once more.
Waking up early is not an easy thing. Espec
So I woke up at 4 the first week, but then couldn’t do it the second week. I’d end up giving up for chunks at a time each time that I tried.
But eventually I got it just right and did it for an entire month.
I think the reason it was so hard was because I didn’t have a consistent night routine. My night would be extremely irregular and I wouldn’t even sleep at the same time every night. One night I’d sleep at 9 and then the next at midnight.
So the lack of sleep was really getting to me and making me even more tired.
But once I nailed the perfect night routine and slept at a decent and consistent hour each night, everything changed.
I absolutely loved waking up early and felt more energized instead of tired.
My night routine
I would get home at around 6-8 every night.
When I would get home at 6, I would eat dinner, shower, and work on my blog until around 8. Then at 8 I would unwind and read so that it’d be easier for me to go to bed.
However, when I would get home at 8, that was a completely different story. Those nights I would just eat dinner, shower, and read.
Every night I went to bed from 9-9:30 and tried to have the calmest night ever.
Calm nights are a game changer. They relax you and make it easier for you to fall asleep so you’re not tossing and turning for hours.
My morning routine
This is without a doubt my favorite part of the day. And I’m going to walk you through everything I do.
So obviously the first thing that happens is that my alarm would go off and I’d have to get up and make my way towards the bathroom to wash my face and brush my teeth.
Then I would head back to my room stretch, workout, and meditate. In that exact order. I feel that it’s like a roller coaster. You start out calmly, then it gets wild, and then it settles down once again.
By now it’s about 5:45-ish which means it’s time to read for 30 mins and journal. Journaling usually takes me about 3-5 minutes but sometimes if I want to do something fancy it’ll take me longer.
Afterwards, I take a shower and start to get ready for work. I lay out my outfit, pack my bag, and prepare my lunch for the day (I’m not a big breakfast person so I’ll usually just have a coffee).
My final step is to blog. While I’m waiting for 8 pm so that I can head to work, I would work on whatever needed to be done for my blog. Whether it’s working on a blog post or promotion, I would take this time to do it.
Then at 8, I would commute to work because morning traffic means it’ll take anywhere from 30 minutes to 50 minutes to get to work. But before walking out the door I’d read my monthly affirmations because I can’t start my day without it! And trust me, reading your affirmations before going outside will help you have a peaceful ride to work!
I can honestly say that waking up at 4 every morning completely changed my life. I became much more peaceful and in tune with myself. And it made me feel super productive.
If I’m being honest, I didn’t know what the outcome of this would be. Like I had a goal in mind, which was to wake up early to get extra time during the day, but I didn’t know what the results would feel or look like.
I became a completely different person because not only was I being a boss babe throughout the day, but I also had time to dedicate to my own self-love/care every morning.
It was blissful, educational, and rewarding. If you hate waking up early, I highly suggest giving this a try with an open mind. You truly have no idea how beneficial it will be for your health and productivity levels.
Until next time,
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