28 days of waking up at 0530

In previous posts I’ve mentioned my desire to build a consistent habit of waking up early and so far to date I haven’t been able to do it successfully. In January I was able to do it a bit, but it was never consistent and I was also trying to do too much. Not only was I trying to build a habit of waking up at 0530, but I was also trying to go for a run and I do some meditation in the morning. I was essentially trying to create a new morning routine and it wasn’t really working, so I stopped doing it altogether.

So this time I wanted to try it again, but add some structure and not try and do too much all at once. First of all I wanted to commit to waking up at 0530 for 28 days straights. Waking up early is the real habit I’m trying to build. If I can nail that, the morning routine will take care of itself.

I’ve broken my strategy up for the next 28 days into 4 x 1 week blocks.

Week 1

  • Wake up at 0530
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Put on exercise clothes and shoes
  • Step outside
  • Meditate for 1 minute
  • Get ready for work

Week 2

  • Wake up at 0530
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Put on exercise clothes and shoes
  • Go for a run or exercise for 10 minutes
  • Meditate for 5 minutes
  • Get ready for work

Week 3

  • Wake up at 0530
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Put on exercise clothes and shoes
  • Go for a run or workout for 25 minutes
  • Meditate for 10 minutes
  • Get ready for work

Week 4

  • Wake up at 0530
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Put on exercise clothes and shoes
  • Do a full run or workout session
  • Meditate for 15 minutes
  • Get ready for work

The idea of breaking it down into smaller chunks like I have, is to build the habit of simply showing up. Trying to build a habit of going for a 10k run right away, sets yourself up for failure. Instead, if I only need to put on my shoes and step outside to achieve my goal, it makes it more achievable. More importantly, it starts building that habit of showing up. The hardest part to going for a run is putting on your shoes, so if I can build a habit of putting on my running shoes every morning, the run will take care of itself. It’s the same idea for meditating.

Hopefully by structuring the routine the way I have will make it more achievable and I’ll be able to build some good habits from this. Week 1 starts tomorrow!