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7 Day Experiment: Waking Up at 4:30 a.m.

After going 7 days without a phone I realized that I'm onto something with these weekly experiments. This week's experiment is waking up at 4:30 a.m.

The above is a picture from Jocko Willink's Instagram page. The man posts a picture of his watch every morning at his daily wake up time of 4:30 a.m. If you know anything about Jocko, you know that he's a straight-up savage in every good sense of the word. For those of you that don't know who he is here is a quick snippet of his bio I found on his company website:

"Jocko Willink is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, Dichotomy of Leadership, host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer, leadership instructor, speaker, and strategic advisor."

One of the things that strikes me about Jocko is how much he gets done. He runs several companies, records weekly podcast episodes that are full of engaging information of books he reads and breaks down almost every week, he is an active practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he works out like a maniac each morning before getting the day started, he writes books that come out almost every 2 years, he does several public speaking gigs throughout the year....and this is just of the things he shares online. There is no doubt about it, the man gets things done. Getting things done is actually his mantra that he preaches on each of his platforms. I want to learn from Jocko, and I'll begin by starting my day at the time he starts his.

Waking up early is a habit that comes up over and over when studying the ultra-successful. In the past, I thought I had to sacrifice good sleep to wake up early, but now I know that all I have to sacrifice are my bullshit activities that neither get me closer to accomplishing my tasks for the day or help me in building the life that I want. I've woken up at 6 am for an extended period of time in the past, but I never consciously tracked my results on productivity. This week I want to explore what my life would be like if I wake up an hour and a half before most of the United States ( according to Edison Research 66% of Americans wake up sometime after 6 a.m. ).

I want to see if I will be less distracted throughout my day, and test to see how many of my tasks I can get done before 7 am.

Here are the tasks I want to get done:

  • 1 shitty page a day

  • 1 blog post with editing

  • 1 Podcast of the Dose of Cesar

  • 1 bodyweight workout

  • 1-morning routine (meditation, 5 pages of reading, journaling, 10 pushups, make bed)

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Cesar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in business. After college, he moved to LA to work for a startup. He later... Read More


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