What is the 5 AM club
What does your morning routine say about you?
The 5 Am club was launched by leadership and performance guru Robin Sharma. This 5AM concept is based on a morning routine that seeks to help individuals maximize their productivity, activate their best health and overall wellbeing.
Robin Sharma introduced this concept more than 20 years ago based on a routine that has helped his clients scale the heights of their productivity. According to Robin, the most successful and fulfilled individuals have one thing in common – a morning routine.
He therefore analysed and compiled the habits of some of these individuals and analysed them. He wanted to understand what gave them success and daily motivation. Based on his findings, he formulated an effective morning routine that is documented in his best seller, “The 5 AM Club.” A morning routine is powerful as it sets up how the rest of the day will be.
This book provides life changing facts that help an individual accomplish results while upgrading happiness and their purpose. This book highlights how the world’s wisest people start their day and produce results.
It provides a formula that instantly wakes you up feeling inspired and filled with drive to get the most out of your day.
There are various takeaways from these books and they include;
Go to bed early
Every person must know the phrase, “early to bed, early to rise makes someone healthy, wealth and wise.” We must have been told this by our parents countless times. As much as this may sound like common sense, there are so many people who tried this 5am club and it did not work out for them.
The primary reason is their sleeping patterns. Imagine going to bed at 1am and expecting to spring out of bed at 5 am? Does that sound workable? For the sake of good health and wellbeing, we need to have at least 7 hours of sleep. This means that getting 4 hours of sleep does not come anywhere close to enhancing your life. As a basic step, it is important to make sure that you are getting enough sleep.
The iconic 20/20/20 rule
This has a precise formula that includes 20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of planning 20 minutes of study and meditation. The idea is to get all these things done to set your pace for the day.
5:00 Am- 5:20 Am Get out of bed
The 5am club strategy requires you to be out of your bed by 5 am for six to seven times a week. The first twenty minutes should be spent on sports or an intense activity. Go for a short run or any sort of exercise that awakens your body.
The importance of starting your day with some vigorous exercise is uplifting your mood and staying more focussed. It also activates your metabolic engine and hence the ability to burn fat more quickly.
By 5:20, you are no longer feeling groggy and cranky. You are ready to move to the next exercise of this routine.
5:20 AM- 5:40 Am Reconnect with self
Spend these twenty minutes doing something that is connected with your values and goals. Meditate, plan your day or research on a topic for an upcoming project. Journaling too will help in connecting with your goals and sense of self.
According to Robin, when you journal, you rewrite your narrative and reprogram your subconscious mind. He also advocates for meditating twice a day, in the morning and evening.
Review your goals and think about how you are going to achieve. Clarity precedes mastery and there is no better hour to achieve clarity than this.
5:40 Am – 6:00 AM Self growth
The last leg on this rule is self-growth. According to Robin, it is important to dedicate time in the morning for self-development. Spend these 20 minutes watching a TED talk, listening to an audio book or doing something to enhance your personal development and growth.
Doing this consistently will better the quality of your performance, prosperity and quality of life. However, there are other factors that you need to consider to make the most out of your morning routine. These are the state of your heart, health and soul.
The mind-set is about your psychology and belief. These two are dependent on the state of your heart; your emotionality. Your emotions can block or enable you to explore and achieve your maximum potential.
Health set is about energy, living a long life and understanding that energy is more valuable than intelligence. Lastly is the soul that connects you to your higher nature and noble virtues.
Join a 5AM support group
As funny as it may sound, there are 5am club friends who form groups to support each other. They arrange calls to catch up on each other or encourage each other after the morning routine. It can be hard to catch up with friends with the tough work schedules. As a result, the social life takes a back seat. Arrange a zoom meeting and have a chat with friends. You do not need to put on makeup or dress up. Just show up as you are.
Be patient with yourself
Adjusting to this new routine will not happen overnight. Do not expect to immediately start waking up at 5am without a struggle. You can phase your routine to make it easier. If you normally wake up at 7 o’clock, try waking up at 6:00 Am twice or thrice a week and then move back to 5 o’clock. The key to achieving any set goals is commitment. Eventually, you will get there and it will become a habit. You may set aside one day when the alarm does not go off and sleep-in.
Benefits of joining this club
Enhanced productivity. Robin explains that waking up early, being alone and away from noise does enhance one’s productivity. At this hour, there is nothing to fragment your attention. You are able to focus on one high value activity.
The prefrontal cortex of the brain that handles logical thought processes is temporarily shut down. This means that the inclination to analyse, stress and overthink are reduced. It becomes easier to plan for the day and reflect on self without anticipating for external distractions.
After a while you will start going to bed early. This is a good thing because most of us engage in unhealthy activities after 9PM. These activities can be eating unhealthy snacks, binge watching a series on Netflix and more. However, once you start going to bed early, you cut out on these activities and slowly embrace a healthy routine.
Helps in building a morning routine and create time for self-improvement. How many times have you woken up, snoozed the alarm and rolled back for some extra minutes of sleep? After snoozing for a couple of times, you get up feeling groggy and quickly get ready for work. You may end up forgetting important details that were met to be part of your schedule for the day or being in a bad mood the whole day because you missed out on a crucial step of starting the morning.
If you want to start your day with purpose and energy, you have to wake up at 5 am. It will help you accomplish more as well as increase your mental and physical health. You also get the solitude and improved brain state to perform like a pro.
Helps you maintain a healthy diet. People who snooze the alarm and wake up late often skip breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day and there are many advantages of not skipping it. Some of these advantages include boosting energy, improving memory, moods and overall health.
Improving mental health. Waking up early eliminates stress in the morning because of feeling the rush to finish morning chores. Having a consistent routine will improve the quality of sleep as well as give you time to fit in exercise.
Avoid using technology in bed or right before bed. Screen time will keep you awake longer than you should. Keep your phone in a separate room and move your clock away from your bed so that to snooze it, you have to get out of bed to turn it off. These activities will help you in staying committed as well as set your focus for the day.
Despite the success, this club as received a fair amount of criticism. Most people wonder who has the time to wake up early. The secret lies in time management. Good management of time will allow you to wake up before sunrise and you can have an hour for yourself before life gets busy.
Sleeping early does not mean that you will be less productive. It is a great thing to focus for several hours a day than to distribute your energy across an entire day. Purpose to work five hours a day. Let these hours be of massive intensity and then after, you can enjoy life or do something else.