What I Learned From Waking Up Every Morning At 5am

The secret to productivity and happiness?

Source: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/1-300-thrives-very-early-bed-very-early-rise-routine
Source: https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/life-culture/beauty-of-the-pre-dawn-workout

The Goal:

I would try waking up at 5am every morning, except weekends. My goal was to keep it up for a month. Here’s what happened:

  1. Studying/general schoolwork (7am-11ish am)
  2. Classes (11:30am-5pm)
  3. Social/other (~5pm-10/11pm)
  4. Sleep (~10/11pm–5am)

Yes, happy.

  1. I was hitting my workouts hard and even setting some PRs.
  2. I wasn’t falling asleep in my classes.
  3. I got all my work done and still had several hours to play around with.
  4. My sleep quality was amazing.


Obviously, this WON’T work for everyone. I’ll admit that my prior background with intermittent fasting and fasted weight training probably made this early bird transition much easier. I don’t need any food in the morning and am used to functioning on an empty stomach, so these factors probably lessened how much I had to adapt. Also, I’m aware that not everyone drinks coffee in the morning, so that will affect your mood and energy levels accordingly. At the end of the day, if you’re not a morning person, then you’re simply not a morning person.

That being said, I would argue that the benefits were freaking awesome.

My definition of productivity was flipped on its head. The extra hours at my disposal really changed the game. The initial grogginess dissipated after just a week. My sleep quality was exponentially better.

I felt a sense of control over my life that I hadn’t quite felt before.

Again, to entirely attribute all of these amazing byproducts to waking up early is probably not accurate. I’m sure that some of these benefits arose due to my personal preferences and natural receptivity.

The bigger lesson I learned is that changing your routine, even for a little while, can make all the difference.

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