1. Getting Started With 21 Damn Early Days

1. Getting Started With 21 Damn Early Days

21 Damn Early Days isn't about waking up at 4:30AM, it's about 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. Intentions, Goals, and Habits

3. Intentions, Goals, and 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 move you closer to the life you want.

4. What's Your SUMMIT

4. 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.

5. Let's Talk Routines: Evening Routine

5. Let's Talk Routines: Evening Routine

When directed towards what matters, routine is what will allow us to stay on track, reduce the willpower we need, and move further, faster.

6. Let's Talk Routines: Morning Ritual

6. Let's Talk Routines: Morning Ritual

More than just getting up early, this is about to winning at your own game and creating space to focus on what matters. Your mornings will help you do that.

7. Keeping You On Track

7. 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.