Lab Report: Wake up at 5 AM

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Ben Franklin

The morning hours are very focused. The brain is recharged and there are no distractions. No phone calls, no children running around, no meeting or unforeseen events to attend. Imagine having done 10k running, 30 min mediation and completed the most important task of the day before the rest of the world has taken their first zip of the morning coffee. That’s what we are trying out in this experiment!

The Lab Report – 007 – “Rise Early”

@BenLaing2 (Instagram) asked me if I would like to join him and a group of peps for a challenge; A challenge to rise at 05:30 am for 66 days straight.

Short term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– It will take a while to get used to going up on time if you are a converting night owl.

– Motivation be unreliable until established a proper morning routine or if you don’t have a strong “Why” for rising early.

– You will immediately feel the momentum building up as task are getting checked off.

Long term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– 2 extra focused hours each day for 5 years; that’s 3650 hours of effort you can put towards whatever you find most worthwhile in life.

– You will grow to love the tranquility of the dark hours.

– I have a family of deer I see during my morning run. It had become a nice ritual to say hi to them.

Sustainability: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Weekends pose an extra challenge since there is an cultural expectation that we should stay up later then.

– This lifestyle is not compatible with late nights, which could be considered a loss.

– You have to go to bed early for this routine to be sustainable.

FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I never made the full 66-days, but did two good runs of 30(ish) days in a row. Going up early has given me much joy and fulfillment. I love it!

What morning routine do you have, and what is the morning routine that you wished you had? 🤔

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Thoughts on: “Stuffocation” by James Wallman

In the 1920 the United States was struggling with overproduction. There where two directions we could take from there, either we produce less or consume more. We choose the latter.


Instead of building things to last we started to built to break. Advertisement started manufacturing desire. Fantastic new products came to market and amazed the consumers, only to sold again next in a beautified version.


The more we bought the richer everyone became and materialism was now the new religion.


The problem is that research shows materialism cause unhappiness. Keeping up with the Joneses takes a toll on us after a while. The whole ideas with consumer culture is that we should be unsatisfied with what we have and look for salvation in our next purchase. It’s hard to be a good consumer if you are fucking content with what you have, right?


More and more people feel that the more they get the less satisfied they are. More is no longer better and now people feel lost. Minimalism has become a thing. And the book covers a lot of different ways people approach their escape from materialism and the author argues that experiences is the new path to happiness. A accessible and enjoyable read!


Here are some of my notes:


Going back to hardcore simple living can be hard. Even Thoreau, the poster boy for simple living, came back to civilization after two years in a cabin in the woods. The thing is that living of the land is hard work, and you have to work for your survival. Too much simplicity can be complicated.


We tend to remember thing we experience as better than they were, while material possessions are subjected to hedonic adaptation.


Experiences are harder to compare. Also we are more likely to let them contribute to our identities. And lastly, they bring us closer to other people.




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