early morning experiment: results, part 1

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I did not want to get up at 4:30 this morning. In fact, I never want to get up at 4:30 in the morning.

In his Miracle Morning book, Hal Elrod writes about how getting up this early feels like Christmas morning to him and to lots of other people who've tried it. He says that after the first 30 days, lots of folks wake up and hop out of bed with a sense of excitement about getting do their early morning routine.

Ahem. This has not been true for me. The first five minutes of getting up at 4:30 a.m. are miserable--no matter how much sleep I get, no matter how I adjust my mindset the night before, no matter how much I know it helps me the rest of the day.

This is my inner monologue from 4:30 to 4:35 a.m.: No. No. No. This is stupid. I hate this. This is stupid. I hate this. This is stupid. I hate this. It is insane to choose to do something you hate every single day. Today is my last day of this. I'm not doing this shit anymore.

But I am doing it anymore.

Because here are the options as they currently roll out in my life:

Choice 1: Five minutes of intense misery every morning, but you also get to meditate, write, exercise, be (mostly) kind to your husband and kid when they wake up, and get out of house (mostly) on time.

Choice 2: Five minutes of slightly less intense misery every morning, but you do NOT get to meditate, write, or exercise--and you will be (mostly) grumpy and late in the mornings.

When I put it like that to myself, I choose 4:30 a.m.

So: What I Learned, Part 1: 

  1. Waking up at 4:30 a.m. is only slightly more miserable to me than waking up at 6:30 a.m. At neither of those times do I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. (My body would vastly prefer waking up around 8. Or 8:30. Which is not an option for getting-to-school-and-work purposes.)
  2. Five minutes of misery--even if it's every day--is a trade-off I'm willing to make to get the benefits of waking up early. At least for now.

. . .

This is Part 1 in a series of shorty-short posts about what I learned during my early-ass mornings experiment.

I'll see you tomorrow for Part 2.

And hey, I've gotten quite a few questions about this experiment over the past few weeks. If you have questions you want me to answer in this series, send me an email or leave it in the comments.

With love from Cheryl