How to get up at 6 am?!

Day #14-15-16 – 10-11-12 May 2015

Quote of the Morning: “Action is the foundational key to all Success!”

Comments: My dear followers! We are nearing the end of my 21 day “Get up early” challenge. Only 5 days are left and this morning I reached my goal of getting up at 06:00! Right now my goals is to maintain this “performance”! For the next 5 day we will see if I will succeed. If yes, I think I will have the worst behind me and I will start creating an AMAZING new habit.

Getting up early is getting easier every day. Since I didn’t try to get up at 06:00 the first day (it was more of a gradually getting up earlier period) the process wasn’t very difficult. It was more of little continues fights every morning against the sleepy monster.

Along the way I received some questions from people struggling to get up early. See the answer to the most asked questions below. Hope they will also help you!

Q&A Session

Q1: How do you get motivated?

A1: You have to create a purpose. You have to find the answer to “Why get up early?”. My answer was “to create more time”. Second question was of course “creating more time for what?”. I wanted to read more, learn more, create more digital content about stuff I enjoy. This is what I started doing every morning. Once you get up earlier you get more time to work on the things you care about. This will start motivating you! When you get more motivated, getting out of bed will get even easier!

Q2: I always snooze and contintue sleeping. How can I change that?

A2: The most easiest and effective way for me was to leave my alarm clock in another room. Living room, bathroom doesn’t really matter. Once you get up and turn your alarm clock off, you overcome the first difficult part. Now it’s time to “move“. Go wash you face, prepare a tea or coffee, take some biscuits, listen to music and watch a YouTube channel you really enjoy. Or any TV Show. You have to move. If you just sit down and start thinking why you got up and what you might be doing, most probably your sleepy monster will beat you and will convince you to go back to bed. One more time: “YOU HAVE TO KEEP MOVING” (I mean DO something)

Q3: How much sleep should I get?

A3: It totally depends on your body. At the beginning of my challenge my body needed 8 hours. Period. If I went to bed at 00:00 I got up at 08:00. Slowly I started to get up at 07:30, then 07:00, then 06:30 etc. Also my bed time went from 00:00 to 23:00. I managed over time to lower my bodies need to sleep to around 6:30-7 hours. I’m still working on it. My goal is to get to 6-6:30 hours of sleep. Try to learn more about your needs and create a strategy from there. Work on it. Write progress down. Make yourself accountable! And never forget: “”Action is the foundational key to all Success!”

Way to successProgress:

  • Bed time:
    • 10th May: 00:15
    • 11th May: 00:20
    • 12th May: 23:30
  • Alarm time:
    • 10th May: 08:00
    • 11th May: 06:15
    • 12th May: 06:00
  • Out of bed time:
    • 10th May: 08:00
    • 11th May: 06:15
    • 12th May: 06:00
  • Snooze count: 0
  • Hours slept: appr. 06:45

 

The World in 2025

10 years ago Facebook was called “TheFacebook”, Uber and Airbnb didn’t exist, the first YouTube video was upload and the term “Drone” meant a military weapon system.

The Future is ours to create

Today Facebook has over 1 billion users, Uber and Airbnb disrupted whole industries, every minute 300 hours of video content gets uploaded to YouTube and Drones are used by children.

Now, if we take Moore’s Law into consideration, then in the next 10 years we will see an even greater acceleration in different industries where Moore’s Law applies. I will quote some areas from Peter Diamandis which I believe are very interesting.

  • “In 2025 you should be able to buy a computer which can calculate at the same speed as a human brain for just $1000.” – I’m trying to imagine what we will be able to do with such a computer but it is quite difficult. First thing which crosses my mind is Big Data. Big Data won’t be a problem anymore. You will be able to execute ANY query in milliseconds! Nothing will be too huge.
  • “In 2025 there will be more then 100 billion connected devices and over trillion of sensors.” – Everything will be digitzed. Everything can become autonomous. Self driving cars! Self sailing ships! Self flying Drones! Human health statistics will be analyzed in real time.
  • “In 2025 every single human on earth will have the possibility to connect to the internet. Companies like SpaceX, Google and Facebook are working on project to provide global connectivity.” – Think about 8 billion people using the internet. Today nearly 3 billion people are using the internet. This means the number will almost tripple! Every single human will have the possibility to connect to any other human on earth at any time! eCommerce is going to boom!
  • “In 2025 AI will advance further and JARVIS will come closer to reality!” We won’t have to ask Siri anything anymore. Siri will proactively engage with us and will plan and take action before we even think about it. Mothers day coming? No worries, Siri will have bought a gift and Amazon will be delivering it to you, wherever you are, using autonomous drones.
  • “In 2025 we won’t need any wallet because currency will be completely digital” – No more credit card or cash. Every transaction will be a fingerprint away! Ever heard of BitCoin? That’s where the future is currently heading.

As Peter Diamandis said it: “We Live in the Most Exciting Time Ever“. Now it’s time to be an entrepreneur. Now it’s time to create a difference.

Act Now,

Change the World and

Create YOUR World!

Waking up at 06:30 on a weekend! Day 12-13 – Become An Early Riser

Quote of the Morning: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, either way you are right!”

Henry Ford

Comments: Today I started with a quote from Henry Ford. I really believe that one must first believe that he or she can do it. If you don’t believe in yourself you will fail! It doesn’t matter if your trying to get up early or building a business. You first have to start to believe. Then you open the gates to possibilities. But of course believing is just the first step. After believing comes hard work.

Today is Saturday and I got up at 06:30! I would never been able to dream of getting early that early on a Saturday. I must be crazy :) But believe me. Getting up early, getting a few more hours a day to do something-anything is an amazing feeling. It’s like having a head start in a race. You know, the only thing which is not scaleble and can’t be bought is TIME. Everyone has 24 hours a day. No more, no less. YOU decide on how you are going to manage it!

MAKE IT COUNT!!!

Great video on make it count by Casey Neistat! (amazing guy)

Progress:

  • Bed time:
    • 8th May: 23:45
    • 9th May: 23:30
  • Alarm time:
    • 8th May: 06:30
    • 9th May: 06:30
  • Out of bed time:
    • 8th May: 06:30
    • 9th May: 06.30
  • Snooze count: 0
  • Hours slept: appr. 07:00

Notes:

  • Getting up on Saturday morning at 06:30 is a different feeling!
  • I now listen to music. I LOVE spotify. When I get up I listen to some energetic tracks. But no headphones.
  • Always be optimistic. Why optimism pays off

Morning Routine:

  • Breakfast and tea. I love drinking tea. Mainly after breakfast I take an extra cup with me and start working.
  • Some great music
  • Always showering!
  • Next week I will start meditating. Wow, I have a lot of time to do a lot of thing :)

Day 11 – Become An Early Riser

Day #11 – 7 May 2015 – Short Update

Quote of the Morning: “Don’t try to be perfect. Just try to be better than you were yesterday.”

Be better than you were yesterday

Comments: I had a very busy day so this will be a short update. Yesterday I got up at 06:45. 15 minutes earlier then the before. This morning I went one step further and got up at 06:30. And it worked perfectly! I’m going a bit fast, I can feel that but I want to be at 06:00 somewhere next week. Let’s hope I will not break down somewhere in the middle :)

Progress:

  • Bed time: 00:00
  • Alarm time: 06:30
  • Out of bed time: 06:30
  • Snooze count: 0
  • Hours slept: 06:30

Conclusions:

  • I feel AMAZING!

Morning Routine:

  • Decent breakfast. Some YouTube! Casey Neistat mainly.
  • Shower time and went to work for meetings! (again :))

Day 10 – Become An Early Riser

Day #10 – 6 May 2015

Quote of the Morning: “NEVER GIVE UP. Trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration you can not go wrong.”

Never Give Up

Comments: Good Morning Everyone! Today I reached a new milestone. This morning I got up at 06:45 without any big hustles. Thank to the last 10 days it is getting easier to get up on the desired time. I can now understand my body better then before. I now have much sleep I must get, how to fight the morning monsters and not go to bed again. It’s amazing. 11 days ago I could just dreamed of getting up at 06:45. Today my dream became reality. But we are not yet finished. My ultimate goal is to get up at 06:00! This week I will finish with 06:30 and next week I will go for my final goal. Once there I will do everything to maintain it for a month and after that most probably it will become a habit and willbe a routine. Thumbs up!

Progress:

  • Bed time: 00:15
  • Alarm time: 06:45
  • Out of bed time: 06:45
  • Snooze count: 0 (zero :))
  • Hours slept: 06:30 (must get used to this)

Conclusions:

  • I feel AMAZING!

Morning Routine:

  • Short breakfast. Didn’t wanted to have anything actually but ate something.
  • Some YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. (This was my first 06:45, so didn’t wanted to do anything which needed much attention)
  • Shower time and went to work for meetings!