Created clarity on WHY to motivate me

I knew I was getting up early because it would enable me to workout and meditate in the morning, which I knew would make me more fit, productive, and happier. But it’s when I focused on more tangible outcomes, it became more compelling. For example, I knew that if I could pull this off, that in 1 year I would be strong enough to do push-ups with my kids on my back, which they love. I knew that we’d be able to enjoy our trips abroad more because I would be more active (Ruchi likes to do a ton on vacation). I knew that I would be able to make better decisions at work (as my mind is much sharper), which leads to more margin which allows me to give raises and invest in growth.

Changed my perspective

I used to think of myself as a “night person” and therefore not a “morning person”. By wrapping my identity around the behavior I was inadvertently creating unnecessary resistance. Instead, I reframed it as I’m simply shifting my sleep schedule.

Used the 5-second rule to stop hitting the snooze button

When trying to get up, the snooze button used to be my best friend/worst enemy. This can be rather demoralizing. There’s a wonderful hack called the 5 second rule. Basically, all you do is start saying 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… when you’re about to hit snooze (or procrastinate in any form), and almost like magic, you’ll get out of bed. Check out Mel Robbins*, she literally wrote the book on it.

Shared my journey to create accountability

I leveraged social media, specifically the trend of taking a picture of my watch and posting it online with a #0445club tag. This was immensely powerful after a week or so because people noticed and I didn’t want to break the pattern. One can achieve the same effect by just having a (1) workout buddy or (2) just individuals you text when you get up. (Learn more about #0445club and Jocko Willink history here).

Was patient with myself

Shifting one’s sleep schedule is hard. That’s why jetlag sucks! Don’t be hard on yourself if you’re not enjoying the initial mornings. It’s not a sign that you’re “not a morning person”, it just means you haven’t adapted yet. It took 2 — 3 weeks for it to get “easy” for me to get up. The key for me was not rushing feeling good about it.

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