1. It won’t be easy.
Like all good things in life, this will be a challenge, especially for those used to a later bedtime. Throughout it, keep in mind why you’re doing it, rely on support/accountability to help you and be willing to experiment with things that will make it easier. Give it everything you got, and if you stumble, be willing to get right back on track. We’ve been there, we know how it is, and we know you can get through this.
2. Understand why you are doing this.
This is one of the most important things to know. Take some time right now and really dive into why you are doing this. Write it down and keep it close. Look at it the night before and when you wake up. Refer back to it again and again, especially on nights you don’t want to go to bed and on the mornings you don’t want to get up.
Early mornings will help you get up and get after life. When you get up that early, you’re getting up because you want to, not because you have to. That’s a simple, but insanely powerful feeling. It gives you a sense of control over how you spend your day and sets the right tone for the rest of it.
By waking up hours before the rest of the world, at the end of each week, you are essentially giving yourself an extra day to live. This is the 8th day of the week that people dream they could have, and you're getting it for yourself. Make the most of it.
To do: take a few minutes and write down why you are doing this.
3. Remember that this is an experiment.
If you’ve never done this before, keep in mind it is an experiment that lasts for 21 days. The purpose of it isn’t just to get up at 4:30AM, it’s to see if that lifestyle fits you. 21 days is roughly how long it takes to form a habit, so by committing to this for 21 days you will truly know whether it's for you or not.
At the end of it, if you absolutely hate it, that’s all good. At least you can say you have done it and know it’s not for you - unlike the person who says they could never be vegetarian, but hasn’t tried going a day without meat. #dontbelikethem
4. Let go of your expectations and morning baggage.
If you’re like most people, you’ve spent years cultivating a “mornings are f*cking evil” attitude. With the stress of work/school/society, it’s basically been forced on us since age 5. By the time we’re young adults, we’ve built this mechanism of hitting snooze 20,291 times, dragging our ass out of bed, making coffee, and stumbling into work.
Yeah, let all that go. Throw away every misconception instilled in you since grade school and start 21 Damn Early Days with a clean slate and open mind. That mindset, at the very least, will make it a hell of a lot more enjoyable.
On the upside, you’ll realize like we did, that it was completely wrong. People just aren’t starting their mornings the right way, and there is so much more to be gained than just a couple hours.
Set your intentions for the day, crush your goals, and carry that momentum forward into all areas of your life.
To do: if you got expectations and baggage, drop it.
5. You’re not in this alone.
We’re all going through this together. Use the Facebook Group as a place to share your thoughts, triumphs, things that helped, and even the struggles. Really, we want to know, and we are sure somebody else in the group has had the exact same thought or feeling. Don’t be the person in class hoping somebody else raises their hand and asks a question that you want to know the answer to. Take the initiative, step up, and ask away. We are in this together, and it’s through sharing our experiences that the whole process gets easier.
6. Understand what in your life will be impacted by this.
We all have different jobs, schedules, living arrangements and partnerships. Take a survey of what in your life will be impacted by you getting up at 4:30AM. If it's a partner, let them know what you are doing and why, and get their support (note: you should have probably already done this... #ByeFelicia). If it's a negotiable scheduled item, make sure you plan your day before and after to catch up on sleep. Planning ahead goes a long way with this.
To do: figure out what things in your life will be impacted by this and if you need to any adjustments for them.