6 Biggest Lessons I Learned From Waking Up at 5:30 Every Morning

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6 Biggest Lessons I Learned From Waking Up at 5:30 Every Morning

By Shante Grossett

I recently started waking up at 5:30 every morning. I did it because I wanted to spend more time prioritizing the things in my life that really mattered. I knew that it was important to mentally prepare for my day through prayer, journaling, reading, and listening to motivational podcasts. I recognized that how I spend my mornings set the tone for not only my entire day, but my entire week. It definitely wasn’t easy and it was a process adjusting, but I’m glad that I get up at 5:30 every morning and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’ve learned so much in the past month and I would love to share it with you.

 YOU HAVE TO BE INTENTIONAL

I learned that I had to be intentional about waking up earlier. I could set an alarm starting at 5:30 and program it to go off every five minutes and it still wouldn’t work if I didn’t have something worth getting up early for. You have to know your why. What motivates you to get up earlier? Is it going to the gym? Is it spending quiet time with God? Is it so that you can have time to reflect in the mornings?

When that alarm goes off in the morning, you have to picture the thing that motivates you and remember that it's more important than sleeping in for a few more hours. 

IT HELPS WITH PREPARING FOR THE NEXT DAY

Being intentional is probably the biggest lesson I learned, but I also realized how important it is to spend a few minutes the night before preparing for the morning. If you have a million things to do in the morning, you won’t want to get up. Plus, it’s really difficult to make solid decisions when you’re tired. It might not seem like much but prepping your outfits, packing your bag, and having your meals ready to go the night before helps so much. Preparation is key.  

IT CAN BE HARD AT TIMES

I won’t lie to you and say that it will be easy just because you prepare and you have something that motivates you. Honestly, I don’t think it will ever be easy. But you know what? The things worth fighting for do not come easy. It will be challenging. But, if you know your why, you can push through even when it gets hard. 

YOU FEEL AT PEACE

On the bright side, you feel tremendous peace when you wake up early. It’s like the cares of life are halted for a moment and you can just breathe. It’ s quiet, there are no distractions, and you can focus on the things that matter. You can watch the sunrise, have a warm cup of tea, read a book, or listen to soothing music. You don’t have to rush to your next obligation, you have time to just be.

 YOU GET MORE DONE

I’ve noticed that I get so much more done when I wake up earlier. I find time to write, work on my blog, set my budget for the week, clean my room, and even cook my meals for the next few days. It's incredible how much you can get done in the quiet hours of the morning.

YOU CAN DO IT (EVEN WHEN YOU THINK YOU CAN’T)

 I never thought I could wake up at 5:30 in the morning. It took me so long to try because I figured it wasn’t feasible for me. I counted myself out before even giving myself a chance. But, thankfully, I proved myself wrong. All I needed was a goal in mind and the determination to pursue it at all costs. If you think it's impossible for you to wake up earlier, stop doubting yourself. You can do it.

That being said, if getting up earlier has been on your mind, go for it. Start off by waking up a half an hour earlier and when you feel comfortable, increase it. It won’t be easy but it will definitely be worth it. It will set you up for a successful day, you will feel more at peace, you will be able to get more done and most importantly, you will be able to pursue the things that matter to you.