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Waking Up At 4 AM For A Month

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.

My Journey

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. Especially when you have so much going on during the day.

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!

My experience

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.

Final thoughts

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Until next time,

Stay Vibrant & Embrace The Gray

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22 Comments

  • Ashleigh

    I LOVE THIS! Waking up early is in my opinion the best way to get stuff done! I don’t wake up quite as early as you have been, but I am convinced to challenge myself to it now! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • tathy

      Yes yes yes!! You have no idea how blissful it is to wake up before everyone else! Can’t wait to hear about your journey💕

  • Bri

    I’ve seen so many people talk about their experience waking up early but neglect to mention the trial and error. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong until I read this post! (My nighttime routine is nonexistent so…)
    Great post girl, thanks so much for the help!
    Can’t wait for more inspo from you sooon,
    xo Bri

    • tathy

      Omg love you so much💕💕thank you so much for reading & your kind words😩& I definitely agree, so many people make it seem like its so simple when in reality it takes practice & sacrifice!!

  • Elen Mai

    This is such an interesting concept! I’ve seen a few people do routines like this on YouTube and it makes so much sense, but I’m useless at getting a full night sleep. It’s incredible that it’s worked out well for you, maybe I’ll have to just give it a go! xx
    El // Welsh Wanderer

    • tathy

      Definitely give it a go! It just takes practice & motivation. Wake up every morning with a purpose & it’ll become so much easier!!

  • Ellie

    I love waking up early – it really is true what we have been told all of these years; it helps with productivity so much. As it is so much more effort to get up earlier we make better use of our time (like nobody gets up this early to watch TV, if you know what I mean!). After a great start to the day we are in a better position to have a truly great day!

    • tathy

      Exactly!! Thats why I love working out in the morning because it makes me more productive & prepares me for my day. I love mornings!

  • Nam

    I love reading (or watching) about these types of experiments! It’s really interesting to me to see how new habits affect a person.

    I have tried to wake up earlier, but it’s so hard for me. Maybe I’m not disciplined enough and give up too easily. I think I would be a lot more productive though if I woke up just a couple hours earlier.

    Anyways, keep up the good work!

    • tathy

      It takes practice! The more you do it the more you’ll get used to it. My biggest tips are to create a routine & establish a purpose!

  • Panty Buns

    I know people can adjust to different sleeping and waking cycles, and admire you for being able to do that. I’m afraid the probability of my getting up at 4 AM and staying up is less likely than my being still awake at 4 AM from the previous night. I generally don’t feel awake until after I’ve had a half a pot of coffee (somewhere between around 11:30 AM?).
    Kudos to you for really getting it together and sticking with it!
    I am sure I would get much more done if I took your example.
    I love your idea of calm nights before bed in order to get a more restful sleep.
    I also love the photo featuring the big ‘Morning, Pumpkin’ coffee cup! 😀

    • tathy

      Thank you so much!! I definitely agree with everything you said. Everyone is different and that is totally okay!! What’s important is that you actually get your work done and dedicate time to yourself!!

  • Laura

    Kudos to you for voluntarily doing this! I once had a job that required waking up at 4am every day for months, and it honestly never got easier and I’d never voluntarily go back to that. I’m now waking up at 7am every day, and even that’s making me feel groggy after getting used to a 9am wake up time

    – Laura || https://afinnontheloose.com

    • tathy

      I feel you! I had a terrible sleep schedule in college & it was super hard to get into waking up at 4 but I’m happy that I did it. & it’s definitely not for everyone!

    • tathy

      Thank you so much for reading!! It honestly take practice so make sure to give it a while before deciding it’s not for you!!

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