1. Getting Started With Damn Early Days

1. Getting Started With Damn Early Days

Damn Early Days isn't about waking up damn early, it's about consistently creating space to get closer to what you want in life. Here's what you need to know to get started.

2. A Couple of Thoughts Going Into This

2. A Couple of Thoughts Going Into This

Before you dive into early mornings, there's a couple of things we learned the hard way. Take a read about what you should know going into this.

3. What's Your SUMMIT

3. What's Your SUMMIT

In order for your 21 Damn Early Days to be successful, you have to spend your time focused on something that's meaningful to you. You need to have something that challenges you, and that keeps you motivated and moving forward. At CS, we call this your SUMMIT.

4. Let's Talk Routines: Evening Routine

4. Let's Talk Routines: Evening Routine

The hardest part of waking up is getting to bed early. Learn how to put together an evening ritual that draws you back night after night, helping you stay on track, reduce the willpower you need, and get further – faster. It all starts the night before.

5. Let's Talk Routines: Morning Ritual

5. Let's Talk Routines: Morning Ritual

More than just getting up early, this is about to winning at your own game and creating space for what matters each morning. Your morning ritual will make sure that you can create the space you need, day after day.

6. Keeping You On Track

6. Keeping You On Track

1. Refuse to break the chain.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the productivity hack “break the chain,” where you consider each day you accomplish your new habit a “chain link.” If you miss a day, you break the chain. It’s a great (and simple) way to stay motivated and push through the mornings you’d rather bathe with a toaster than wake up early. That said, when you stumble, just try and get back on the next day. If you're having issues, reach out and we will do our best to help you along the way.

To do: print yourself off a one month calendar and get yourself a sharpie to cross off the days you get up.

2. Keep track of what you’ve accomplished.

A huge motivator to continue waking up is keeping track of what you accomplish when you first get up. For us, having all of our major work accomplished by 9AM, when the rest of the world was just getting started feels unreal. It brings a sense of calm to the rest of the day and we don't have to worry about interruptions or distractions preventing us from accomplishing our goals – because they are already met. Checkmate.

To do: decide how you're going to keep track of what you've accomplished (journal, to-do lists, note pad, etc.)

3. Eliminate excuses to sleep in.

As you continue to adjust your sleep cycle, some days will be harder than others. There will be mornings where you’ll do everything to justify shutting off your alarm and going right back to sleep. Sometimes it will work, and you’ll want to slap yourself later for letting it happen.

During this rough patch, do what you can to make your mornings easier. If you’re so tired you even dread making coffee, program your coffee maker. If your home is cold in the morning, leave your housecoat and slippers beside your bed. If your mind flat lines when you try to decide on breakfast, decide the night before and prep the ingredients. Better yet, prep the entire week. Eventually, your abilities to wake up early and function will happen at the same time, but for now, throw yourself a bone.

To do: write a list of all the excuses you know you'll come up with. Keep adding to it as you go.

Week 2: Let's Reflect

Week 2: Let's Reflect

As we end the second week of the program, we want to take a moment and acknowledge what we all have collectively done. Over the past two weeks, hundreds of you have committed to winning at your own game and dove into a space that most are unwilling to create for themselves.


Let's be honest, this space isn't easy.

It requires commitment, it requires work, and it requires a willingness to call ourselves out when we are straying. It requires us to – time and time again – block out numerous distractions, so that we can put what matters most first.

For the past two weeks, you've put what matters to you before the world had a chance to take that space away.

That's powerful and we want to thank you for your willingness to embrace that side of life.


Before We Look Ahead

It’s worth taking time to sit back and reflect on what's happened. To understand where you were at when you started, where you're at now, and most importantly, where you want to go.

Most of us have a fear of slowing down – unwilling to stop long enough to let what we’re doing catch-up to us. Maybe this is because we don’t want to confront how we spend our time or maybe it’s because we feel like we’ll lose our momentum, but if there’s anything we know, it's that slowing down to reflect only helps us move further, faster, and more purposely.

With that, we have a single request from you this weekend: take some time to reflect on what these last two weeks have been for you.

It will not only make a big difference in the rest of your experience but if you learn to incorporate reflection into your life more often, it will have a huge impact on where you end up later on.

To get you started, we have a quick work through below.


A Reflection Worth Thinking About

Keep in mind that these questions are a guideline to get you started.
Your own reflection is an exercise in asking the questions you care about.

About Damn Early Days:

  • What have I learned about myself so far?
  • What have I noticed about the world around me?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how much has my heart been into the program? Why? Can I increase this?
  • What have I gained each day by waking up early?
  • What has been my biggest struggles so far?
  • What positive stories have I been telling myself?
  • What self-defeating stories have I been telling myself?
  • Do I feel I am getting closer to what I want by creating this space consistently? What else could I need?
  • What differences have I noticed in my life, routine, and mood before and during Damn Early Days?
  • What emotions have I gone through and what caused them?
  • Were there mornings that were particularly tough? What contributed to them being that way?
  • Were there mornings that were particularly enjoyable? What made them more enjoyable?
  • What learnings can I take out of Damn Early Days?


Looking Forward:

  • Put yourself in your own shoes at the end of Damn Early Days and ask yourself "What do I want out of this? What defines “success” for me? Is it just an experiment? Is it leaving everything I got on the table? Is it getting somewhere in particular?"
  • How do you want to feel when you reach Day 21?
  • What do I need to do next week to move myself closer to what I deem as success?
  • What can I carry into next week that I learned about myself these past two weeks? What can I drop?
  • What’s the top priority in my life right now? How can I use Damn Early Days to focus on it?

And because it's the weekend...