I used to wake up before dawn. My roommate and I would stumble down the streets of NYC at five in the morning and talk about anything and everything our brains could handle. (As for why we decided to wake up at dawn, it was because our third roommate didn't think we could do it. Our competitive side kicked in and we wanted to prove him wrong.)
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It was a beautiful sight, too: We'd watch the sun rise, the shopkeepers roll up their steel gates, and if we were lucky, we'd catch those sneaky guys who change out subway posters when no one's looking. We'd see the world wake up, right in front of us.
Sounds magical, huh?
Well, before you get too impressed, know that this lasted all of three weeks. But I never forgot just how empowering it felt to be awake before the rest of the world had even wiped the sleep from their eyes.
I knew I owed it to myself to try again. So, I set one resolution this year: Every morning, I will wake up at 5 AM Period. Quitting is not an option.
Two months in, it's already changed my productivity in ways I never expected.