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Goal Wake up at 5AM

Discussion in 'Misc' started by Fundinn, Nov 6, 2018.

Goal: Wake up at 5AM for 30 consecutive days for more reading and planning time. by December 3, 2018 (in 2 Weeks 1 Day)

 

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Member Fundinn commits to the following actions to achieve this goal

Will do:
-Setup the alarm for 5AM and be out of bed within 5 seconds of the alarm ringing start.
Take the extra two hours created to read books, do planning or work on website projects.
-Setup the night before my lunch and the clothes I will wear to stop walking around in the morning looking for shit.

Will stop:
-No phone or computer use after 9PM to maximize sleep I get.
-Avoid after dinner(I don't sleep well if I eat past a certain hour).

  1. Fundinn

    Fundinn Active Member

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    Goal Approval

    The two hour commute to work while I wait for the construction of my apartment is something I have to deal with. I'm fortunate enough to by in physical shape so I ride my bike and get an extra work out, but it still eats away at my personal time for other, soft-development skills.

    I feel over-scheduled and I am reminded that the winner of the rat race... is a rat. I might have website development projects coming on the side, promises that I have made and will keep as well as a stacks of books I want to read. Jocko said that "discipline is freedom", and I believe him.

    I will provide three metrics for every day of the challenge during the goal updates:
    1. What I did from 5AM to 6:30AM (New free time since I am waking up at 6:30 right now).
    2. How long it took me to get out of bed and start doing something.
    3. If I followed the DO's and DONT's of my attached goal action commitments.
    It has to be consecutive days. If I miss one day the challenge is over. Exceptionally, if there are acts of god or some insane circumstance, I will put it down and keep going, but under no chance should be something that could have been dealt with on the onset.
     
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  2. Shaney96

    Shaney96 Active Member

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    So it's a challenge. Not more beneficial to integrate such as a habit, instead? As opposed to "CHALLENGE OVER", and potentially slipping back into old ways, why not see it as something to slowly integrate into your life; within a few weeks waking at 5am will be merely habit.
     
  3. Fundinn

    Fundinn Active Member

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    Good point!

    The goal is supposed to be "stretching" according to SMART, I don't see waking up at 5AM inconsistently as a tough one. I can't find the link, but there is also some supporting evidence that "back to back" or "streaking" days of action have a stronger effect in fostering habits. It can also bring a degree of satisfaction since I will mark the days with a line in the calendar.

    That the place I came from when I wrote "the challenge is over", so what I mean is that I will still be attempting early wake ups, but to me, it should also be about doing it consistently.
     
  4. Fundinn

    Fundinn Active Member

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    Since the goal hasn't started yet, I'll share what I've done so far. @Shaney96 was right, maybe I was in an unbeatable mind state when I devised the goal, but after waking up at 5AM and going to bed at almost midnight I got my ass handed out to me. The boxing and swimming sessions are late in the evening and I got washed out.

    I've decided to loosen up the window to, "wake up between 5 and 6am". Life happens and it was not cool to have 5 hours of sleep consecutively knowing what kind of days I was having with work and training. I've looked up Navy Seal sleep schedules and also the science of sleep and it's a big topic. I've concluded that the best I can do is wake up at 6AM on long days and before 5:30AM on regular days. At least until I settle into this new habit.

    First Day:
    5AM, took 5 seconds to get out of bed. Had an eye twitch at work for a minute or two. Read the art of seduction for an hour. I felt weaker when swimming.

    2nd Day:
    5:30AM, took 5 seconds to get out of bed. Felt sore muscles at boxing, eyes were red, was less patient too. Reading legal papers.

    3rd Day:
    6AM, took 5 seconds to get out of bed. Went to bed at 9:45PM, felt pretty good. More reading.


    A big win was to prepare my backpack, my bike and my food for the day in advance. Including what I wore everyday. Made my mornings very smooth.

    It's only the beginning.
     
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