• Jack Graves

I Don't Believe in Morning Routines, But I Believe In the 5 am Challenge

Do you feel that you're not being as productive as you would like? Would you like the day to have more hours? Are you constantly tired? Stress and anxiety are present in your life?

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, fear not. If you answered "yes" to all the questions, there is still hope but don't stop reading.

Usually, problems such as fatigue, stress, and unproductivity have a common origin.

You may need a rhythm of life that boosts your productivity, makes you feel calm and at the same time guarantees your rest.

Fortunately, the way to do this isn't complicated and doesn't require a complicated formula. You only need to take on the 5 am challenge.

The 5 am Club

Robin Sharma describes in his book how getting up at 5 am brings enormous benefits to the lives of his clients.

Why 5 am?

Imagine starting your day before the day itself begins. At that time the sun still hasn't risen and surely everyone you know is still asleep.

It is a perfect time to focus on yourself. There are no emails from work or calls from friends at that time.

In addition, the natural calm and silence at 5 am create an ideal environment for your state of mind.

How to start the 5 am challenge

Well, it's that simple: get up at 5 am.

However, you can start progressively. Try it one or two days a week. Or try to wake up as early as you can, set the alarm earlier and earlier until you reach 5 am.

Little by little you will see how it becomes easier for you.

Now, you got out of bed. Good for you! Now what?

Robin Sharma states that the first hour is vital to start your day. You can divide the first 60 minutes into three parts:

  • Body

  • Mind

  • Goals

You must keep moving to activate your body. You can exercise, do yoga, or do stretching. Then take a moment to bathe, eat breakfast, and meditate. Take advantage of the serenity to spend time with your mind. Then it's time to organize your day, set goals, and make lists.

All of that must happen within the first hour.


Starting your day so early makes getting organized easier throughout it. You don't start your routine at a breakneck pace, which causes stress and exhaustion.

The point of this is to be able to start each day at your own pace, allowing yourself to eat breakfast, organize yourself, and do everything calmly. This sets a tone in your mind for the rest of the day and makes work and home tasks easier.

Even if you find it unrealistic to get up at 5 am, try to get up earlier than usual. Have at least an hour to yourself and be able to do your routine with serenity.

How we start the day dictates the tone of how we will feel throughout it. So make sure you wake up without haste, worries, and things to do.

Do you dare to accept the challenge at 5 am?

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