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How waking up at 6am everyday changed my life

12/01/2020

How waking up at 6am everyday changed my life

I won’t even pretend to be original: you have probably seen countless articles or YouTube videos about these « Morning People » who wake up before dawn to kickstart the day. Well… I’m one of them. And I think you might be too.

Morning, who?

Picture this: your iPhone rings, it’s 07:30AM and you have to be out by 8AM. Ain’t got time to think : you jump in the shower, your toothbrush in your mouth, with only one idea in mind : “I am going to be SO LATE … again”. If this story feels more familiar to you than fictional, well… welcome home. I used to be there too. 

Soleil levant, Réflexions (Miracle Morning)
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Night Owl vs. Early Birds

I used to be a night owl through and through and, nobody who knows me well could deny. The night was my holy ground, my place, my home. I knew some people might actually be ‘awake’ in the morning but I certainly wasn’t one of them. What’s the point of waking up earlier than you should when you could be sleeping instead, right?

Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. From being stressed and forced to get ready to leave in a rush without even eating breakfast, mornings have quickly became the best part of my day. I still thrive in the latest hours of the night but I wouldn’t trade my first awake moments for anything in the world.

Here is my morning routine

My Morning Routine has evolved quite a lot along the years (since 2016), yet it stays rather simple: 

  1. Waking Up

    I usually wake up around 6AM everyday. I make sure to let my phone on my desk instead of my nightstand so that I’m forced to get up to turn the alarm off.

  2. Get ready

    Once up, I make my way to the bathroom to brush my teeth and shower, get out and dress, hairstyle, etc.

  3. Prepare breakfast

    Time to eat! I get water heated for the tea, get my fruits out and, depending on the day I’ll either bake eggs & bread or have rice milk + cereals. If I haven’t done it yet, I also get my lunch ready for the and put and in my bag. By then, it’s around 6:35AM.

  4. Pray, meditate and read

    Once everything is ready, I settle into my bed to take time for myself, while sipping my tea. – I take the time pray and to think, – I meditate for 10 minutes with the Waking Up App by Sam Harris, – I recite my Personal Mission Statement to make sure I remember my long-term goals and priorities. – Lastly, I read. Usually in the morning I like to read a Self-Help, a biography or a science book before diving into fiction later in the day. As I’m writing this post I’m reading “Show your work” by Austin Kleon (Highly Recommend!). 

  5. Create

    Then (and this is my favorite part), I take time to actually do something I love : writing and creating. I launch a timer for 10 minutes and for the next 600 seconds i have only one goal : to write as much as I can, whether for the blog, for the newsletter, for clients, etc. It’s amazing how only 10 minutes a day can have so much impact on my life and overall happiness.

By this time it’s around 07:30AM and it’s almost time for me to go, so I get my bag ready, check if there is anything else I need to do (did I turn off the stove?), get my coat on and go!

Thank you for reading, I hope you found something interesting out of this post. Now, what about you, are you more of an early bird or a night owl?




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