When my accountability partner declared she was going to be getting up at 4:30am every weekday for 21 days, I was massively intrigued. She went on to explain that she was joining 21 Damn Early Days – a movement all about reclaiming your mornings and experimenting with how your life could change if you committed to being an early riser.
I was all in.
Creating a morning routine was one of my New Years resolutions and I thought ‘what a perfect way to get started.’ I had NO idea how drastically my life would change once I committed. Here’s what’s been the most profound:
Morning is a sacred time for me that I value wholeheartedly.
I have always loved the mornings and have almost always been an early riser….but not 4:30am early. By the end of the 21 days I was massively protective over my mornings. It became MY sacred time – time where I truly got to take care of myself and someone or something wasn’t vying for my attention.
For me it was freedom and self care in it’s truest form.
Most days I would meditate (even for just 5 minutes), I would draw an Oracle card for my intention for the day, journal and do a little yoga. Other days I would study or read – things that I longed to do, but never ‘had the time’ to fit them in – other ‘more important’ things almost always became the priority.
Not anymore. I had completely lost the “I don’t have time” excuse.
I am more productive when I get up earlier.
I also discovered that I NEED to journal and meditate and take time for myself where I don’t feel pulled to do something else. Especially being a business owner and entrepreneur, there are ALWAYS things that need to get done. The list is never-ending and my self care always fell to the wayside.
I don’t feel resentful anymore because I am giving back to myself in the mornings. I am no longer depleted. I am more grounded, and I am more productive.
I found that I naturally have more energy in the morning and my brain functions at a more efficient level earlier in the day, so for me it makes sense to get up earlier and go to bed earlier. I started planning my day with the highest brain functioning to-do’s early in the day and stopped seeing clients at 4pm. Brilliant.
Creating healthy habits is possible.
I say this somewhat facetiously because often times we set out to create a healthy habit aaaannnnd we fall off the wagon, right? We want to create this one awesome habit so bad, and we know it will do us such good, but for whatever reason, we stop. Believe me, I didn’t have a lot of hope that I was actually going to make it through the 21 days!
But consistency really is key. And accountability.
Knowing that I had my accountability partner in this experiment with me helped me to get out of bed in the morning.
So the moral of this story is this: experiment with your life! Get curious! If you want to try something, try it. I had no idea that getting up at 4:30am was going to change my life, but it did. And I would have never known had I not tried.
I know that getting up early isn’t for everyone, and I reckon I probably had it a little bit easier than most being an already early riser. But I highly encourage you to try it anyway. Allow yourself to set out on a self experiment. Who knows? Your life might change.