How do you spend the first five minutes of your day? There’s no better time than the morning to ground yourself and prepare your body and mind to set the tone for the day ahead. Since we only have about 25,000 mornings in our adult life, it’s time we made them count.
What time do I wake up?
5am- I mean that’s my goal I’m working on right now. Occasionally, I’d hit the snooze button, but I try not to and wake up at 5am right away.
Honestly, there really isn’t any magic to it.
I’m not a morning person.
A morning person or a night owl, I think they just come at different points in your life.
When you’re younger or in university, studying for those midterms and finals, most likely, you were a night owl. I completely understand because I was there but now that I graduated, I’ve decided it was time for a change.
I was not too fond of the morning. I used to believe 9am was too early but after realizing that time is limited and so precious, I push myself to adjust to a morning routine schedule and start my day productively and on the right foot.
Life has phases, and with this progression, your morning and evening routines will change. As long as you’re willing to put in the effort, things will change.
Waking up earlier every day has helped me be more efficient, effective, and giving me a productive and motivated mindset to rule the day instead of the day ruling us!
You might be reading this because you want to wake up at 5am or wondering how to wake up early or maybe if it’s even worth it.
First, I believe things are easier when you have a routine. Therefore, I’ll share my “will-be” 5am morning routine. The tips I share in all of my resources are from personal experience. I practice what I preach. Then, I’ll share some of the benefits of waking up at 5 am and lastly go through some tips to help you wake up early and how to stick with it.
Let’s dive in!
My 5AM Morning Routine
My 5am morning routine consists of:
Upon waking up at 5am, I need that sweet aroma of caffeine in my system. Currently, I don’t personally own a coffee machine but I’m grateful for Starbucks nearby. I know for some people $5 every morning might not be a smart investment but for me, it’s only temporarily. Walking to Starbucks is like a journal for me, taking in the fresh, crisp morning air and my surroundings, and getting my mind ready and active for the new day.
Once I have my daily caffeine intake, I head home and look at my list I’ve prepared the night before and see what needs to be tackled today. I’ve seen and heard others would journal and read for 30 minutes, which is also very good but for me personally, I’m a typer and visual hands-on type of person. I’ve tried writing with pencil and paper, it worked in the beginning but I failed at doing it consistently.
By 6am, I’d hop in the shower and get myself ready physically to take on the world. Then by 7am, I’m ready for breakfast which always consists of a smoothie.
After a simple and filling breakfast, it’s time to head to the clinic and start working.
After a 8-hour shift and a scrumptious dinner, I would settle and wind down, do a little core exercise and work on my blog, preparing myself for tomorrow.
This is my typical daily weekday routine, or will-be. I’m still pushing myself for consistency and not to be lazy by reminding me of my goals and why I’m going to change to be a morning person – time is precious and we have to make the most out of every hour, every minute, every second.
Benefits of waking up at 5am
There are various benefits of waking up at 5 am. Waking up early doesn’t just mean that you roll out of bed and have to “work” more or fall into bad habits earlier.
From when you wake up at 5 am to the next commitment, be it work or children, it is your time. This is when you get the opportunity to work on what you want. This is your time. Making that morning time your own should get you excited and want to get out of bed before the sun is up!
- Set the right tone for your day
- Start moving
- Working on something you love
- Get your mind right
Waking up early definitely takes time and will be a while until your body has fully adjusted to your new routine and schedule.
- You can do so incrementally, waking up 15 minutes earlier every week until you get to 5am. This takes time but it slowly always your body to ease into it.
- Or you can wake up at 5am right when you commit to it. Every body is different so if this is your preferred method, you do do, but if you know you want to do this, then go for it and commit 100% from day one.
For me, the second option works better for me because it if you wake up earlier, you’ll be tired earlier.
This brings me to my next point- going to sleep earlier. If you’re a night owl changing to a morning bird, going to bed early is hard. Your body is conditioned to fall asleep at a certain time, so changing it will take some work. The goal is to be so consistent with taking up at 5am, eventually, you’ll wake up before your alarm goes off.
For me, shocking your system and waking up at 5am right away because you’ll be more tired at night and want to go to sleep earlier. Then adding in a morning workout, you’ll be winding down and going to sleep a lot earlier. If you go to sleep late you won’t wake up at 5 am as quickly, it’s just a fact. Account for how many hours you need to sleep and work to get to sleep at the same time every night.
Jump out of bed at 5am
When your alarm goes off at 5 am, don’t think about how tired you are, how comfortable you are, or how much sleep you got or that it’s still pitch black out, jump out of bed. If you have the slightest thought that you don’t want to get up and how cozy the bed is, you’re done for.
Don’t put your alarm next to your bed (or on your bed)
Most use their phones as alarms now but it doesn’t necessarily need to be on your nightstand. You can put your phone on the window sill or on a table far away from your arm’s reach, so you’d have to get out of bed to turn it off. By placing your alarm far enough that you have to get out of bed, gets you alive and kicking, ready for the brand, new day!
Have your workout clothes ready
This is for all my morning workout ladies and gentlemen, if you’re going to work out in the morning, have your workout clothes ready to change immediately. Changing gets you out of your cozy pajamas and changes your state quickly. By having your workout outfit ready for you in the morning, you don’t have to think about it, go to your closet when you’re groggy and start looking for an outfit. And if you have a partner who is not waking up at 5 am, you don’t have to turn on the light in your closet and wake them up.
Review your reason why before going to sleep
The last trick I have for getting mentally ready to wake up at 5 am is reading something motivating before going to bed. For me, it’s audiobooks – I love them! Just by putting on a face mask, closing my eyes and listening, it allows my mind to rest and get ready to snooze away. If you don’t have a compelling reason to wake up at 5 am, then why are you even doing it? Your reason is your motivation.
The more deliberate you are the more consistent you’ll be.
There you have it. Waking up at 5 am is not easy, but you can make it fun and something you love to do. It can even turn into your favorite part of your day!
What does your morning routine currently consist of? What do you wish you had more time for?