I've been waking up at 5AM for almost 4 years now. So I consider myself somewhat of a professional when it comes to waking up early and maximizing it's potential. Last week, I shared some tips on Twitter about how to wake up early and some of the benefits. I thought I'd share here in full!
Some things I’ve gained from waking up at 5am:
This all came with time. It wasn't immediate, so please be patient!
1. Natural motivation
What I do once I wake up:
1. Brush teeth / Clean skin
Waking up has a ton of advantages but in order to get the best from your new routine, you have to go to bed early! 9-11PM is my sweet spot. When I go to bed any later, I wake up sluggish. I also miss out on a lot of late-night Internet jokes but I promise, I've gotten used to the FOMO. You'll be just fine.
I hope you enjoy your newfound respect for the morning! I had so much fun, I even started a Daily Sunrise Challenge that continued for more than two years. I hope you're inspired to do the same.
The most important thing to know about privilege is that everyone has some form of it. You don’t need to act guilty or remorseful, just do the right thing. But in order to do the right thing and use your privilege, you must know what your privilege is (if it isn't obvious already).
Think about the parts of your identity you worry about the least. Your race, gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, or identity. Once you've figured that out, it's time to take action.
1. Learn about people who lack that ordinary privilege at work, school, home and in their communities. Read books, watch documentaries, and ask questions:
Some of the world's greatest privileges include:
Please remember, it is not your job to save those who are less privileged. Instead use your privilege to create a restorative society so that they can make their own decisions and speak for themselves.
I have a bit of experience when it comes to perfectionism and I believe we all do because the world is scary and there's no way we all want to fail our way to the top. That doesn't sound appealing, but you start to realize as you get older, perfectionism is really the thing that's least appealing.
Perfectionism is actually fear based and when you're a perfectionist, you hardly live a "perfect" life.
Perfection is preventative and based on a lot of worst case scenarios.
Perfection causes limitations and procrastination.
All in all, perfectionism isn't what it's made out to be.
Here are a few thing's to consider when it comes to perfectionism:
1. Be honest - do you have perfectionist tendencies?
2. Challenge your inner thoughts
3. Face your worst case scenarios
4. Not everything has to be perfect
5. Know when to move on
6. Judgement Detox
7. Are you aimless?
Some final perfectionist considerations:
Are your thoughts facts or interpretation?
Are you getting to negative conclusions?
Is what you're thinking about as bad as it seems?
What is the worst that could happen if you try?
Will your failure or success matter in 5 years?