Getting up early is the trend, especially among executives and successful people. We'll show you here what the 5am Club is all about and how it increases your performance. More mental strength, more performance and more peace, that are just a few of the promises of the 5am Club - what's behind it you can find out here.
What is the 5am Club?
The 5am Club is a term for people who are already up at a 5 on the alarm clock. The term was coined by the book "5-am-Club" by Robin Sharma. The book became a million bestseller that is said to have sold over 15 million copies.
But successful people have been getting up earlier than the average for longer, even Thomas Edison was clearly an early riser.
Many successful people are part of the 5am Club
The two most famous examples of the 5am Club are Apple CEO Tim Cook, who gets up as early as 3:45am and Richard Branson, who gets up at 5:45am. Both count as part of the 5am Club despite a 2 hour time difference. Branson and Cook aren't the only two early risers, of course. Michelle Obama, the CEO's of AOL, General Electric, PepsiCo, Twitter, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Starbucks, Vodafone and many more are also part of the 5am Club.
"If you want to be in the top five percent of the most successful people, you have to do things that only five percent do." - Robin Sharma
Author Robin Sharma has seen a pattern behind this and derived his theses. Among them, the assumption that to become successful, you should do extraordinary things that 95% of other people don't do. If you want to achieve uniqueness you have to do uniqueness. Getting up early brings many advantages for your success.
More mental strength
Getting up early requires discipline, just like taking a cold shower. Read our article here about how cold showers help you gain more mental strength. Getting up early is not easy, but if you can do it, you can be proud of yourself in the morning. If you start your day with these strict rules of a morning routine, you will be stricter and more disciplined with yourself in other areas of your life. You learn to use the time you gain effectively.
According to Robin Sharma, the secrets to great performance lie in getting up early and having a strict schedule. Sharma invented the 60/10 rule. According to this rule, you are supposed to work highly focused for 60 minutes and then you can spend 10 minutes doing things like checking WhatsApp messages, calling people or drinking coffee. This alternation of productive work and breaks ensures more time and more efficiency.
Who is awake at 5 in the morning? If you get up at 5 a.m., you probably have at least 3 hours of rest before news, mails and more arrive. An island of peace and productivity in the morning ensures that you can slow down your life a bit and do the things you really enjoy.
"Holy hour" between 5 and 6 a.m.
The first hour of the day between 5am and 6am is exactly that time when you can decelerate your life and make time for the things that would otherwise fall by the wayside and trigger true joy in you. While the world around you is still asleep, you connect with your goals and reflect on your life. You're preparing yourself for the day.
The 20-20-20 Rule
Robin Sharma divides the first hour of the day into three groups of 20 minutes each. For the first 20 minutes after you get up, you should activate your mind with a workout. Anything from yoga, to a short rest, to strength training is possible. However, it is not about maximum performance, but much more about getting your circulation going.
With the mind awake, the next 20 minutes are spent journaling. You write down short-term and long-term goals, things you are grateful for, things you hope for in the future. The 5-minute journal can be a meaningful part of this lesson.
The 3rd phase is about personal development. During this time, read a book or listen to a meaningful podcast every day. With these rules, you'll get more out of your life living and the first hour of the day.
"If you win the morning, you win the day" - Tim Ferriss.
Author of The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss sees the morning as the starting point for a productive day. If you win the morning, start there productive and focused, then you have a great chance to be productive the rest of the day and win it for yourself.
Tips to make it to the 5am club
Getting up at 5am takes some doing. With the right tips and methods, it gets at least a little easier.
Shift your bedtime
If you go to sleep earlier you can get up earlier. People should not sleep less than 5 hours. The ideal workload is between 6 and 7 hours a day. You decide to sleep at 10 p.m., but you lie in bed and it doesn't work out? Our experience has shown that it helps to get up early and then adjust the "go to bed time". After 2-3 days at the latest, you'll find it easy to fall asleep around 10pm. One thing provided:
Turn off your smartphone
In the two hours leading up to bedtime, turn off your smartphone and stay away from devices with a screen. The blue light components signal to your body that it's now time to get up. But if you're about to sleep, that signal is inconvenient. Drum: 2 hours before bedtime, turn off electronic devices.
Put the alarm clock away from your bed
Maybe you know it: You're lying in bed in the morning and the alarm clock rings. You reach for the alarm clock and turn it off or you use the snooze button. Shortly thereafter, it's seen, you're back in bed asleep. A former Navy Seal once said: "If you hit snooze in the morning, you have no interest in your life", whether this statement is too radical is up to you. Maybe it can serve as motivation for you. The best countermeasure against falling asleep again is to put the alarm clock away from the bed. In the morning you are forced to crawl or walk around the room. Movement wakes you up.
Put out a glass of water the night before.
When you have turned off the alarm clock you are tired and lethargic, dehydrated from the night. The best countermeasure is a large glass of still water at room temperature. Get into the habit of drinking your glass of water immediately after going to your alarm clock. The water will wake you up immediately and make you feel less tired. You can also read more about the effects of water here.
After your glass of water, it's best to talk to your Wakeup Buddy. Your Wakeup Buddy is another person you can talk to in person or on the spot. The Wakeup Buddy creates a social pressure to actually get up. You can share experiences with him and you can learn and work together on this challenge. How do you find a wakeup buddy? Ask your friends, colleagues, fellow students - one of them is sure to get up early. Ask him if you can talk on the phone in the morning, with a bit of luck he will say "yes" and you will have a buddy. Otherwise, you can convince another person to start with you. After this article, you have the arguments in hand.