Career Growth

Life begins at 5:00am

Ever wake up at 8am, 9am, or (shockingly) even later than that? Well, you’re wasting your life. Seriously.

Nothing good happens with your day if you’re starting it past .

Everyday I aim to get up at 5am (I fail and sleep in at times, or I pretend I never wanted to get up at 5am in the 1st place), BUT the goal is 5am and I’m getting there. As soon as I get up, I go for a run and depending on my ankles/knees/injury state, I’ll run 8-12km. Then I’ll quickly walk Cooper my Great Dane, shower and make a vegan shake, get my daughter up and play with her, feed her breakfast, take her to daycare. Then I’m back in my office having written all my rough drafts for my posts and it’s only 9am.

So by 9am I’ve already done a LOT. Importantly, I’ve taken time for myself by running which allows me some quiet time to think about my day, develop some ideas or just zone out and run. Either way I’m recharging myself and my energies.

Waking up at 5am means I’m ahead of the day, right from the start. It’s about being proactive, not reacting to the day’s events because I fell behind. Early risers feel more productive, energetic and accomplished. It’s the only way to maximize your efficiency and keep the momentum going. Feeling proactive is intimately tied to our level of coherence (feeling in control) and the more in control you are the more confidence you have, the more you empower yourself.

  • Be clear about why you want to get up at 5am (hint: it’s linked to your personal vision and life goals)
  • Go to bed earlier. You can’t stay up till midnight and wake up at 5am.
  • Avoid stimulants after a certain hour. (no caffeine after 3pm for me).

Start your day early, work hard all day long. Go to bed at a reasonable time.