The 5:00 AM challenge (2/30)

Good morning! This is day 2 of my 5:00 AM challenge.

It’s 5:13 AM as I write this and yes, I got up at 5:00 AM on a Saturday… because I’m committed to instilling this as a habit in my life. (In the future I’ll probably back off at bit but for now I’ll stick with it to help establish the pattern.

I feel great! It’s only been two days and I recognize that habits often get harder before they get easier, but these early successes will help to create a foundation of positive associations with getting up.

To help me get up, here’s what I’ve been doing: I put my phone in the kitchen/dining room. When the alarm goes off, I need to get up and walk down the hall to the kitchen/dining room, and then I turn on the kettle for coffee before turning off my alarm.

This simple step has made it really easy to get up at 5:00 AM. Before, it was tempting to just reach one arm out of bed and turn off my alarm but now I have two additional things going on: I have to to travel to another room of the house, plus, the kettle adds a level of commitment. Once the kettle has started, I’m not likely going back to bed.

Extrapolating this concept out for the development of other habits, I would describe this as “leapfrogging”, where one step of the new habit automates the next steps. (Turning on the kettle before turning off my alarm helps to ensure that I’ll probably stay up).

Okay, signing off to get some work done. Stay productive!

Aaron Hoos

Aaron Hoos is a writer, strategist, and investor who builds and optimizes profitable sales funnels. He is the author of The Sales Funnel Bible and he's a real estate investor and a copywriter for real estate investors.