It all started in our villa during Christmas, I spent most of my days cooking food for the family. My mom would wake me up by 7am to clean up the kitchen and start preparing food for everyone to ensure that there is food ready by the time they wake up. I mean, she has six other children she could call to do that but for some reason I always end up being the scapegoat. I believe it’s because I always take my time and create amazing dishes but that was also the problem. Time. I like doing things perfectly well whenever I can, this applies to everything in my life including cooking and as a result of this I spend practically the whole day in the kitchen because I’d only have an hour or two to have my bath and breathe a little bit of cool air before it’s suddenly time for lunch. The same thing with dinner and that’s it, time to sleep.
I couldn’t sneak out time to do any major personal work, I could definitely reply chats, scroll mindlessly through social media for a few minutes or watch a movie bit by bit. But I couldn’t read an educating book, make a blog post, a podcast or any other thing that required serious thinking. Most times I couldn’t even work out unless I insisted and that always led to some kind of shouting and trouble. Oh well.
I decided to start waking up by 5am to create a little bit of time for myself, the plan was to work out, have a bath(if there was enough time) and then write but I quickly realised that I had to choose one or the other. I chose writing because ‘who abs epp?’.
Just Kidding, Abs actually help, I mean they don’t really pay the bills unless you’re a personal trainer or model but they do really help. Right?
It was quite easy to wake up by 5am to write because I’ve always been kind of a nocturnal human being and as a result, I read and write better during the wee hours of the day. I always felt awesome and energised, I even looked forward to working in the kitchen because I knew that I had conquered a major part of my goals that day anyway. I did my workouts whenever I could make out the time and everything went great on the days I could carry myself out of bed and this was usually more times than not.
Fast forward to the new year, when all my siblings had dispersed and I traveled with my mom to Port-Harcourt, the chores should’ve reduced because there were fewer people available but they tripled instead. Now I was waking up by 5am to work out, clean the house, cook some food and so many other things. Anyway, having watched so many videos from Amy TV on youtube concerning how to wake up by 5am and be very productive while trying to master the art of time management because apparently millionaires have the same 24 hours in a day that we do, i tried to arrange my day to make myself very productive. This included shifting my early morning ritual to sometime during the day because i had a lot of things to do now that were better done in the morning. I tried this for a couple of weeks and although I was always able to work out, I was never really able to write anything, at all.
I had to switch tactics and start writing first thing in the morning after my morning prayers before doing anything else and it was quite beneficial. Heres one thing I realized from this 5am experience, it’s very difficult to get up early in the morning if you don’t set achievable goals. Your alarm would ring, you’d force yourself up and while standing up in your room, you’d wonder why you’re doing it and just go back to sleep.
You don’t need to be a morning person to wake up in the morning, I personally prefer nights to mornings but to be a more productive person, I tried this experiment and now I don’t want to stop. Do the following if you’re interested in joining the 5am club;
- Set realistic goals
- Get at least 6 hours of sleep
- Get a To-do list, you could also use the free note app that comes with smartphones. Write down everything you want to be able to achieve in those few extra hours of the morning.
- Pray or meditate once you wake up
- Exercise: Even if it’s just a little bit of stretching for 5-10 minutes, find a way to fix it into that to-do list and you could increase it with time.
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk, the 40-day experiment is going to be a series so more articles are going to be uploaded concerning different 40-day experiments in my search for a productive life. See you soon!