After reading many posts from Charles Ngo about his 30-day challenge and following AsianEfficiency, I’m interested in productivity hacks. From today, I’m starting the new habit challenge. The first one is to wake up insanely early at 4:30am for 30 days.
Well, recently I found out that after I came back from Japan, I was able to easily get work done before lunch. I’m not usually a person who wakes up early, but Japan is 2 hours ahead of Thailand. I still had jet lag so I woke up in Japan time. Anyway, when this jet lag disappeared, I was back to waking up late at 10:00am. And although I woke up late, I still got tired and took a long nap in the afternoon. As a result, I only got a few things done each day.
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
For everything we would like to get done we should have reasons. Here are the three main reasons I’d like to wake up early.
I want to wake up early again because it’s very quiet in the morning. Most people are sleeping or on their way to work. There are only a few things on my Facebook feed during the early morning. Also, not many people send me messages on Facebook, Email or Skype. It’s almost 100% distraction-free in the morning. I can get things done easily in a short amount of time.
Furthermore, there are many projects I plan to do but haven’t started on yet. I’d like to start them as soon as I can. Currently, I’m busy with just PPV campaigns and mobile apps. I think I need to start learning more new things because I’ve been working on PPV and mobile for a while. Although I’m familiar with them, I still waste my time playing on Facebook or chatting with my friends while I’m working on them. They can be done in a short space of time if I stay focused.
I’ve discovered that the afternoon is the period when I have very low productivity. Because people are completely awake and constantly posting their statuses and photos on their walls, it’s difficult to try not to check them out. Also, I usually take a long nap (2 hours) in the afternoon because, as you know, after we have lunch, our eyes automatically close lol.
This habit needs to be changed as well. If I feel tired, I’ll try to take a short nap and do other things such as reading, blogging or watching movies, because if I take a long sleep in the afternoon it’s difficult for me to go to bed early. Beside, getting out of my comfort zone can help. I’ll go to the coffee shop with my MacBook and work there. I don’t know why but I always get things done in the coffee shop.
Well, I have been a member of a fitness club for almost a year but I rarely go there. I think I go to the gym less than 10 times a month. It doesn’t make my health better. As I wake up very late and finish my tasks in the evening, I feel too lazy to drive to the gym. Many people go there in the evening. I don’t like crowds and don’t want to waste my time looking for a space in the parking lot.
Anyway, I want to go there more often because I believe that the strength of our body is also an important part of productivity. Furthermore, as I like eating, I should work out every day to prevent getting fat or any other diseases. This is also one of the reasons for becoming an early riser.
This is the schedule I’ve planned. I’m not sure whether it is possible, but I gotta try.
4:30 – Wake up, Brush my teeth, drink water, and stretch the body
5:00 – Start working (1st round)
7:00 – Have a breakfast
7:30 – Back to work (2nd round)
9:30 – Take a bath
10:00 – Go to the Gym
12:00 – Have a lunch
13:00 – Free time
18:30 – Have a dinner
19:30 – Free time
20:00 – Take a bath
20:30 – Free time
21:00 – Write a to-do-list for tomorrow
21:30 – Go to bed
For the ‘Free time’, I define it as an hour for doing anything such as reading, blogging, traveling, or even sleeping. These hours are flexible. I think working 4 hours in the morning is enough to get the main tasks done. If I’d like to do other things, I’ll do then in the free time period. I got this idea from Google. Their employees have “20% time” or one day free every week to work on a side project they would like to do…although mine is more than 20% lol
Umm…it looks good, doesn’t it? I think I might not be able to accomplish this on the first day but I will try.
One more thing – I plan to do this only on weekdays because there are soccer matches on weekends. I want to watch my team play. It’s important to balance work and life, right? Anyway, I’ll try to wake up no later than 9am on the weekends.
As I want to be more productive, I’ll start by waking up early and getting things done before lunch. This will start on the 15th of October and end on the 25th of November (30 weekdays). What happens in these 30 days and how I feel will be on the blog after this period. Also, if I can do it and get better results, I’ll keep doing it. Hopefully I can accomplish this challenge!
Bank has been working in the affiliate marketing industry since he was an undergrad in 2008. His favorite traffic source is PPV (Pay-Per-View). In 2013, he started sharing his journey on this blog AlcheBank.com and developed AffLanders.com to help people create PPV landing pages.