If you’re working on some big goals, you probably know the feeling of there not being enough time in the day. Here’s a secret, there’s hope! Here’s how you can add on hours to your morning to crush your goals.
Recently, I was listening to a podcast episode by Natalie Bacon where she talked about how she grew from working full time to owning a successful online business.
One thing that caught my attention was the idea of waking up early in the morning to work on her business before she went to work.
Truthfully, we’ve all heard this before, right? Morning people are successful people, period.
However, that’s not always the case. It’s not necessarily the morning that makes you successful, it’s finding the time that you’re brain works the best for you.
Until about a year ago, I was not a morning person. I worked toward waking up regularly at around 5:30 am but didn’t find much success in productivity. However, in the last few months being back to work, I noticed my serious lack of creativity by the time I got home from work.
Ultimately, my goals started to suffer. I knew I had to figure something out so 4 am it was.
And here’s a secret… it can be temporary!
Some of the things we do right now plant seeds for growth. It doesn’t mean we keep planting seeds, it means we evolve and grow with the changes, aka, we don’t always have to wake up at 4 am.
For some, it may be at the other end of the day. You may choose to stay up until 1 am for a month to work on your goals. For me, I am way more productive in the morning over coffee than after a day of work.
Monday Day 1
Alarm kicked on at 4 am, and I immediately turned it off at 4 am. I eventually pushed my covers off to shake off the cozy and managed to get up at 4:45. Drank some water, made coffee, cleaned up dog poop (unfortunately, part of every morning), let the dogs out, pulled a totem and then did a morning meditation to set some intentions for the day.
Daily Totem: the Fox reminding me to trust my intelligence and intuition. To avoid distraction from the thing I want and know to be true. And man, did I need to hear this.
I absolutely love my totem cards. It’s a nice boost of positivity in your day. I couldn’t find my exact cards, but this animal deck looks beautiful, and includes inspirational messages on each card. Or this beautiful Geometric deck, swoon!
Daily thoughts: I was so productive today. I started 3 posts in the morning for the blog, meditated, worked 8-5, got some cleaning done, and even stayed on track with my no-wheat rule.
Tuesday Day 2
Not successful. I was exhausted from only getting 6 hrs of sleep the night before and having gotten up 3:30 on Sunday morning for an emergency vet visit (Dulee’s ok thankfully!) but I found I was so tired and decided since I couldn’t fall asleep last night until 11, I’d let myself sleep in.
Daily thoughts: ultimately, I was tired and groggy, and cranky. I didn’t pick a totem, and I wanted nothing more than to shove my face with this Vegan Mac and Cheese (which would break my no-wheat streak), but stayed strong and chose to do a meditation instead.
Wednesday Day 3
Finally, I successfully woke up at 4. I got up turned the coffee pot on and took a few minutes to stretch. I’m feeling pretty tired, but I figure, I do on days that I wake up at 7 too so at least this way I’ll be productive. Just waiting for that coffee to kick in.
Totem: The eagle. Reminding me to consider another perspective, o shift my outlook and the answer will become clearer.
Daily thoughts: overall, a productive day.
Thursday Day 4
Overslept until 4:45. Even went to bed at 8:30, but got up and moving. Stood outside with the dogs for 15 minutes waiting for them to go to the bathroom and stretched.
Totem: The bear: let everything you are be everything you need. Use your complexity, don’t simplify it. How ironic, too, because I just wrote a post yesterday about how my sleeping habits resonate most with the bear.
Friday Day 5
Woke up at 5. I didn’t journal this morning or pull a totem. I had some errands to run after work, followed by family dinner. I was beat by the end of the day, but usually am on Friday’s.
Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash
All in all, I didn’t meet my 4 am “date” perfect, not even near perfect… however, I found my sweet spot for my current season of life for getting some things done that I otherwise don’t seem to make the time for (or have the mental energy for). I’m going to try this system out for a month and see where it gets me in terms of my current goals and I’ll be sure to update you then.
What are some habits you’re trying to create right now to help you crush your goals? Let me know below!