I am not sure yet, whether I owe a “thank you”to Robin Sharma or a “you are an idiot” note. A few weeks back, I got very interested in listening to podcasts as I am sure you obviously know that I don’t read motivational books anymore, with the assumption that you have read a few of my blogs. Motivational books take too much time and have the same message, generally with a few tweaks here and there. Might sound shallow of me but I have started resorting to bespoke google searches than reading a hundred page book in which I hope to find what it is that I am looking for and might even miss it. Before you jump on my throat, I do know that google tends to suffer from the GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) bias. With many of us writing more and more blogs, the chances of you finding a lot of garbage is quite high and so is the chance of you finding good stuff as well. The answer you get depends on the type of question you ask, thus framing bias. Searching ‘why is marriage bad” will give you a whole list of reasons as to why marriage is bad and searching for ‘why marriage is good” will also give you a whole list of answers. However, that doesn’t dissuade me from doing bespoke searches and like everyone else, I think I am more objective than the next person(wink, wink).
To get back to Robin Sharma, I was listening to a podcast where he was being interviewed by Vishen Lakhiani and he talked a great deal about the 5am club. To summarise, this is a formula for success that goes like this
- Wake up at 5am everyday of your life…
- Then go on to the 20-20-20 Formula…
- Use the first 20 minutes for movement (paraphrase…exercise)
- The next 20 minutes is for journaling
- Then the last 20 minutes for meditation or listening to growth podcasts
When I listened to the podcast, I thought , “Ok, why don’t I try this?” and then the very next day, I woke up at 5am. Considering its lockdown, this was a very hard thing to do, especially in the first few days as I was so used to just sleeping in. The first few weeks of the lockdown as we would all agree were for catching up with our sleep, our movie series and our friends on Facebook. Then we metamorphosized into the human beings that wantto get around to being productive from home and I am sure by now, everyone has found a workable solution to working from home. So Robin Sharma caught me at a transition moment, the moment I decided to start being productive. As hard as it was at first, this is turning out to be a blessing and a curse at the same time.
A blessing…..I wake up ready to jump into my work and I generally am done with my most important tasks of the day by 9am. After 9am, it’s all downhill from there, kids awake, trying to fit my work into all that is going on in my house. That’s when I am most thankful to Robin Sharma. A curse – by 8pm, I am dead tired, I can hardly keep my eyes open whilst on the other side, I have a vampire for a two year old. She just doesn’t sleep when you want her to, she sleeps at her own time when she wants to, she is the boss. That’s when the quandary of the ‘Thank You’ or the ‘You are an idiot’ note comes in, because on one side, I am so awesomely productive in the morning…but dead tired by evening and the routine starts again. That by Friday or Saturday night, I am ready to throw in the towel but Monday comes, I feel Robin Sharma is right.
I am genuinely not sure where I stand as of now, I love the productivity in the morning, but the night owl in me resists to these early morning wake up calls. You know that statement that says’
“The mind is willing but the body is unable”
That is my dilemna, And I know sooner or later I will have to make a decision on the best course of action to take. But for now, let me continue with the struggle.
What do you think of the 5am club? If I find it sustainable, is it worth creating an accountability group for?