31-Day Challenge: Waking Up Early

I woke up at 9:50 in the morning. It was a Saturday. No big deal, right?

But, when you’ve been waking up at seven in the morning when your day job starts at eight (and an hour is usually how long it takes you to get to work), it can be really frustrating. For the past few weeks, I had been reporting to work at nine or 9:30. I’m just really blessed to have the kindest boss in the world!

I desperately want to change this habit. One thing I noticed is that waking up late affects my mood, my motivation, and my productivity. Whenever I wake up late, I already feel defeated at the start of the day. I feel lazy and irresponsible. (I know I tend to be really hard on myself.) And I carry those feelings all throughout my day. It also affects the quality of my work as a writer because I write better when I start my day right. 

So, starting tomorrow, I’m starting a 31-Day Challenge of waking up early.

Honestly, I’m sharing this challenge on my blog for myself and not really for you (sorry for being self-centered). I perform better when I’m accountable to someone else. So, now, I’m accountable to you. Can you help me with this challenge by holding me accountable? 

Everyday, after every blog post, I will share a short update on how I’m doing with my 31-Day Challenge. Feel free to join me in this challenge. Or you can start a different challenge yourself for the next 31 days. I can hold you accountable by sharing with me an update everyday by commenting on my daily blog posts. Let’s help each other become the persons we want to be. 

Change always starts with our thoughts and then our habits. Shall we improve ourselves one habit at a time?

Like any challenge, there should be rules and guidelines.

Here are two simple rules for the 31-Day Challenge of Waking Up Early:

  1. Wake up at 4:30 in the morning everyday. If you want to do the challenge, you can change this to four, five, or six. It’s really up to you. I just want to wake up at 4:30 because it usually takes me an hour to do my morning rituals. Since I want to hear mass at six in the morning everyday, I have to leave the house at 5:30 AM.
  2. If I fail to get up early even just for a day, I start all over again. This means that I go back to day one. I don’t like this because I would be spamming my blog posts with updates that would never end. Imagine my blog with updates like “Day 27 of 31” and then going back to “Day 1 of 31" the next day. That would be annoying to myself and to my readers.
  3. [Update] In order not to be too hard on myself, you suggested that I create a three point scorecard: Green, Yellow, and Red. Green is for the times I get up from 4:30 to 4:45 AM. Yellow is for the times I get up after 4:45 up to 5:15 AM. Red is for the times I get up later than 5:15 AM and I start all over again. If I get a yellow score, I don't immediately start all over again. But, if I get three yellow scores, it will already be considered a red score. Fair enough?

Should I think of rules that I need to add to the challenge, I will update this blog post. Or if you have rules that you think I need to add, feel free to share them in the comments below.

That’s it! I’ll update you tomorrow. Hopefully, this can help me become a step closer to becoming the person I want to be.

How about you? What challenge will you be taking for the next 31 days?


P.S. I was reading Rocky Santiago’s blog post on how to wake up early. Rocky’s a good friend and a fellow blogger. He’s probably one of the best upcoming bloggers out there. His posts are amazing! I started a year earlier than he did, but now, he’s the one giving me tips on how to grow my blog! And he’s very generous at that. Thanks, Rocky! 

P.P.S. You may be wondering what my morning rituals are. I wrote about my ideal rituals on Lifehack. Check them out here. (I’m still trying to be consistent in doing them as well.)