I have been an early riser for most of my life due to work, kids and life, but my husband for many years was on the opposite schedule. Christmas of 2018 I found the book "The 5am Club" by Robin Sharma. I bought this without reading it and gave it to my husband as a gift. I had no idea what it was about but assumed it would teach him the benefits of waking up at 5am. His response was "I do not want to be part of the 5am club". But he read the book and now I am happy to report he is no longer a night owl. He consistently gets up at 5am everyday, yes even when we were in Hawaii for two weeks he was up at 5am!
I leave the house by 4:30 am so had no real idea what he was doing at 5am, I assumed he was just working. I started asking more questions about what the book taught him and what he did at 5am and realized in one hour he would workout, listen to an audio book or podcast, meditate, and write in his journal. I soon realized that I needed to read this book. I have no problem getting up and getting my workouts in but now I felt like I was missing out on what more I could be doing to really elevate my life.
I would like to share some of the things I have learnt over the next couple of weeks but I also recommend that you read it. It is available on audible as well.
For now I leave you with this:
"Take excellent care of the front end of your day, and the rest of your day will pretty much take care of itself. Own your mornings. Elevate your life."
"To find your best self you must lose your weak self. And that only happens through relentless improvement, continuous reflection and ongoing self - excavation. If you don't keep rising daily you'll get stuck in your life, for the rest of your life".
So whether you are trying to find time in your day to workout, meal prep, have some alone time before the kids wake up, whatever it is you are striving for I truly believe that you need that hour before the sun comes up. Before the rest of the world gets up.