Getting Started With 21 Damn Early Days
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21 Damn Early Days isn't just about waking up at 4:30AM, it's about using the time to get closer to what you want in life.
To get you started on the right track, we've put some good stuff below.
Take the time to read through. It will help get you on the right track and ensure that the time you put into 21 Damn Early Days is worth it.
How 21 Damn Early Days Works
1. The Check-In
- Each morning we'll send you a text message that'll link to a page where you'll confirm you're up.
By checking in, we'll be able to hold you accountable to getting up and getting after.
- After checking in, shut your phone off – distractions are the devil and no one needs anything from you at 4:30AM. Dive right into the morning routine you've created for yourself.
2. Your Time Every Morning
The point of 21 Damn Early Days is to create space that lets you focus on what matters to you. Post check-in every morning, use the time you've created to focus on things you care about and want to get done. We'll have more on setting this up below.
3. The Course & Material
Throughout the 21 days, we'll be sending you a curated collection of blogs, videos, articles and inspiration that will help get you closer to what you want. Some will focus on getting after life, some will focus on helping you make the most of 21 Damn Early Days, and some will be specific to what you want.
4. The Facebook Group
We've created a group which we will use to share experiences, insight, struggles, ideas, and things people experienced. We'll also use it to connect people we know that have like-minded ambitions or goals. We've put a link at the bottom of the page to join.
INTENTIONS, GOALS, HABITS
The goal of 21 Damn Early Days isn't to solve your life in a single month – it's to build the foundation and habits that will help bring you closer to the life you want.
Think of it as a crash course in creating intention, focus, and control in your life.
With that in mind, it's important to understand what you want, both in the bigger picture and out of 21 Damn Early Days. Once you know that, we'll break down how your time with 21 can help you get there.
The Right Intention
Before you dive into how you're going to spend your time, take a step back and think about how 21 fits into the bigger picture of your life. What do you want to use this time for that can help build the bigger picture of your life? Understanding that will help you build a strong foundation beyond the month.
We've got a quick example below that will help you through the thought process:
There are two big areas I want to focus on that are foundational to the rest of my life, yet I just don't find the time to get to as consistently as I want. The first is writing and the second is keeping my body and mind healthy.
Looking at my intentions for the year, I want to consistently get my thoughts on paper and publishing them to the world, as well as continue to keep my body and mind in a healthy place. Both of those cannot be completely accomplished in 21 days, but I can build a structure that will allow me to build a routine and habits to continue accomplishing these throughout the year.
During 21 Damn Early Days, I will create a structure, goals, and habits for doing both consistently.
The Right Goals
For 21, we're going to focus on a single primary goal (with a secondary goal if your primary goal is something short and can be done quickly – i.e. meditate for 20 minutes each morning). Anything more becomes too much to bite off and can lead you to be unfocused.
It's up to you to determine how much time you have and how long your primary goal takes. From there, you can figure out if you need a secondary.
The goals you set during this should be measurable, so you can look back at the end of it and see your progress. They can be a part of something bigger or stand alone on their own.
Looking at my intention above, based on writing and training, I am going to set two simple, but trackable goals:
- Writing – Write 5 separate blog posts, each at least 500 words, ready to be published to the world.
- Training – Complete 21 – 30+ minute yoga/movement classes (in studio or at home), which is one for every day.
These goals work because, at the end of the 21 days, it will be easy to hold me accountable to both
And please, go ahead and do so.
The Right Habits
This is where it gets real. Once you've figured out what your intentions and goals are, you'll figure out how to get them done, bit by bit.
You'll want to break your goals down to simple, executable chunks that you can do each day. This takes some thought. For each one make sure they are things that you can do within the window you've created by getting up at 4:30AM.
If you're stuck, shoot us a message and we'll help you sort it.
Following on the above, my goals are to write 5 blog posts and do 21 – 30 minute yoga/movement sessions each morning. With that defined as success, I'll break the goals down into simple habits:
Writing – Spend 1 hour writing each morning for the 21 days. My goal is to write at least 500 words within this hour (should take approximately 40 minutes) and spend the additional 20 minutes editing. To do this, I will use an app like Evernote or 750words.com to track my writing.
Yoga/Movement – 21 sessions in 21 mornings is pretty simple – one per day. Each morning I'll schedule a 30 minute yoga/movement session.
Setting The Morning Up
Once you know what you want to do and how you're going to do it, the next thing is to lay out your morning to make sure you get it done. We'll touch more on this in the next section, but here's a high-level overview.
I'm opting to write before I do yoga/movement for two reasons: 1) I do my most creative work first thing in the morning when I'm in a dreamy haze and 2) writing is more difficult for me to get to than yoga/movement, so I want to get the hard stuff out of the way first.
To keep me on track, I'll create a morning routine that looks something like this:
4:30 – Wake up, turn phone off airplane mode, and check-in. Once checked in, turn phone back on airplane mode (removes distractions).
4:35 – Brush my teeth, grab some water, and have a quick snack that I set up the night before.
4:40 – Read over my intentions, why I'm doing this, and what I want from it. This puts me in the right headspace.
4:45 – Sit down at my computer to write for the next hour / at least 500 words.
5:45 – Finish up writing and switch over to yoga/movement in my apartment [no studios have 6AM classes around me].
6:15 – Finish up yoga.
6:30 – Shower, make a proper breakfast, and get on with my day having already done two things that matter.
We've summarized what's above in 5 steps. Now get on it!
- Figure out your intention for 21 Damn Early Days – what is it you want to accomplish by the end of it and how does it fit into the bigger picture of your life.
- Break this down into a goal that you can accomplish within the 21 days. If your first goal can be accomplished quickly, you can pick a secondary goal. Make sure this goal is something you can have accountability with.
- Break your goals down into simple actions that you can do each day. The number of actions depends on the goal itself, but make sure it is something you can routinely structure into your morning.
- Start to figure out how you can structure your morning to make sure you create time to focus on what matters.
- Join the Facebook Group here.