Updated December 6, 2017
Since I started my waking up early routine I constantly have friends and family asking me, “How do you wake up that early, six days a week? I could never do that!” They often just assume I am this weird morning person who pops out of bed with tenacious energy ready to go on a 100 cycling journey, or do backflips down the street.
I don’t wake up early because I am inherently a morning person. I wake up early because I want to maximize creativity, efficiency, and honestly I just take awhile to get going in the mornings. So, if I woke up at say 7:15am when I have to be to work by 8am, I probably would be late A LOT! I have developed a early morning routine to take control of my day!
Today I am going to let you in on my top 5 secrets to waking up early six days a week!
1 ) Go to Bed Early/On Time
Now you might be thinking, “of course Ben. I could have figured that one out”. But how many times have you found yourself either bingeing on Netflix, social media, or my favorite past time Call of Duty. People crack jokes about these habits all the time, but it is NOT funny. You are wasting extremely valuable time that you will NEVER get back.
I like to get to bed before 10pm each day. Now if I am extra tired I try to hit the 9:30pm mark, or if my wife and I are out late with friends it lands around 10:30pm. You may be thinking “well that’s lame!”. But let me tell you, there is nothing lame about taking control of your day and accomplishing at least 2 hours of work and daily readings before anyone else even hits snooze. I like to get around 6 hours of sleep each night, so in order to do so I try and hit the 9:30 – 10:00pm mark!
2 ) Look Forward to the Reason You are Waking Up
Often when I hear someone saying they want to start developing a morning routine they say something to the effect of, “I am gonna get up at 4:30am, run 40 miles, and drink a gallon of strait carrot juice!”. Honestly that sounds AWFUL! I hate to run and I would never wake up at 4:30am to do so, that is grounds for disaster for me! Although I really enjoy riding my bicycle, but I would never do so at 4:30am. That is just not my jam!
Ok, to be fair, maybe this is what you would really really enjoy doing with your morning. My point is that you want to be sure you can sustain this morning routine. The best way to do this is by waking up and doing something you like to do.
I wake up each day and read the Bible, post a new article onto my Jobs in the Future, and prepare new articles and brain storm topics for the following day. It truly pulls me out of bed each morning because I LIKE TO DO SO!
My morning Routine:
- Wake up by 4:30am
- Brush Teeth
- Stretch for 2-3 minutes (Very Important! gets my blood moving)
- Drink 2 Cups of water from 4:30am – 6:30am (Big Berkey Water Filter)
- Work on Jobs in the Future
- Read the Bible (KJV – the old school on I use)
- Eat a Solid Breakfast with my wife: Egg and a Bowl of Oatmeal
- Take my Vitamins! (Garden of Life Mens Code)
- Off to work at the office…
- NOTE: I actually don’t drink any caffeine till about 8:15am when I sit down at my desk at the office. (Proof that it is all about a solid routine not loads and loads of caffeine)
3 ) Exercise Daily
This is something I heard a lot and I honestly did not want to do until I found a time that worked really well for me and I began to enjoy my daily exercise.
Each weekday I take 25 minutes before I go to lunch and I do a moderate fitness routine in my office. I lift 15 pound dumbbells, perform some strengthening exercises and stretch. All I am trying to do is re-energize my body, keep my strength up, and stay healthy! I am not looking to become the next Arnold Schwarzenegger, I just want to start alert and healthy!
My Workout Setup:
- Nike Free Rn
- Athletic Shorts
- Random T-Shirt
- Yoga Mat
- 15 LB Dumbbells
- On the Weekends I go Cycling ( Brooks Leather Saddle )
4 ) Take a Day of Rest
Now this is absolutely the crucial aspect helping me to sustain a 4:30am daily wake up routine. I take one day off every week! Taking a day of rest not only is something I do in order to re-energize, but it is a part of my faith as a believer in Christ and the creator God. We have been instructed to work 6 days and rest the 7th and so I have decided to follow this command seriously and it has been very rewarding. I have energy, strength and inspiration on the days I wake up early!
On my day of rest, I TRULY REST! I sleep in till about 8am (which if you wake up at 4:30am daily this is sleeping in), I spend time with my family, attend our local church, take a bike ride occasionally, and almost always snag an hour nap (I never nap during the week).
#4 is very simple, yet highly effective! Many people might argue, You are wasting a WHOLE day of work and productivity, but I will argue that you have already got that time back by waking up early and working HARD the other six days! Take some rest!
Best books I have ever read on working hard:
Every Good Endeavor, by Tim Keller
So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport
5 ) Wake Up Early in 15 Minute Increments
This is the #1 most beneficial thing I have ever done. This is how I have been able to sustain waking early, consistently, for over 6 years. Say you want to wake up at 6:00am, but right now you sleep till 9:30am. You don’t want to just wake up at 6:00am for a couple of days, BURN OUT and then go back to your normal routine. That is why I recommend setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier each week to gradually reach your goal! I use to wake up around 9:30am everyday when I was in college and by the time I graduated I was waking up at 5:45am daily. I have now worked my way to 4:30am. sustainable consistency is the pathway to successfully rising early six days a week!
By doing this you will also program your body to wake up earlier naturally. I have found that over the years I usually wake up before my alarm even goes off. I end up using my alarm clock as a back up!
I Don’t rely on my phone! I use a super simple old school alarm clock just in case I don’t wake up a few minutes before my scheduled time:
Now if you want to get really high tech I would check out the Philips Wake Up Light. I have been wanting one of these for years!
So there you have it! If you have ever wondered how some of your friends get so much accomplished in a day, you now know it is all about the early morning routine!
Now that You are awake early it is time to maximize your productivity.
How to increase your income with one hour of skill development per day!
It is really important to maintain a healthy diet to have sustainable energy throughout the day. I eat a lot organic fruits, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, unprocessed whole grain breads, drink about a gallon or more of water per day, and enjoy organic teas (Earl Grey is My favorite)
Please let me know if there is anything you do that helps you wake up early! I would love to hear your feedback!
Until next time.