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  • I wanted to test out for myself

  • how waking up at 4:30 affected my productivity.

  • I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for one week, like a Navy SEAL.

  • I've read a lot about how Navy SEALs

  • like Jocko Willink wake up at 4:30 in the morning.

  • Jocko famously says that discipline equals freedom.

  • It is Friday, two days before I start this experiment.

  • Normally my alarm goes off five minutes before 8:00 a.m.

  • Setting my alarm a full three and a half hours earlier

  • is gonna be really scary.

  • Will I survive?

  • I know I'm gonna break this bed by 8:00 p.m. rule,

  • because I already have plans next week that start at 7:30.

  • The gym in my building doesn't open until 6:00,

  • so I'm gonna try and kill an hour and a half outdoors.

  • I don't drink coffee, so this is probably

  • gonna be pretty hard for me.

  • The bag cam, what are the eye bags looking like?

  • Pre-4:30 a.m. eyes.

  • It is Sunday night, it is 9:42 p.m.

  • I am going to attempt to go to sleep.

  • That's just not enough hours.

  • (yawn)

  • Never have I ever cooked at 5:20 in the morning.

  • Here we are, 7:30 a.m.

  • I have made my lunch for the entire week, minus Friday,

  • I have straightened my hair, and that is it.

  • Let's see who's here.

  • Oh, surprise! Nobody.

  • I was a little loopy, I was a little giddy,

  • and then around lunchtime, I got a little hangry

  • and I ate my lunch that I made this morning,

  • and that got my energy back up a little bit,

  • and then, like, 1:15, 2:00, I was just.

  • (whistling)

  • (crash)

  • Jacqui: What are you doing tonight after

  • getting up at 4:30?

  • Emma: We're going to the movies!

  • I don't even know what to say.

  • I'm so tired.

  • I was pretty productive.

  • I did finish a video.

  • I can see already why this is a good idea

  • for certain people.

  • I don't know if that certain people is this people.

  • If I had to rate my energy level from zero to 10,

  • I would say I'm about a four and a half.

  • It's Tuesday!

  • So, today I woke up at 4:30 and I went for a run.

  • I hate this so much.

  • Not a runner.

  • Ooh, I see a rat.

  • Oh, a duck!

  • Look at all the wildlife!

  • I ran for about six minutes.

  • High five.

  • That's what I thought.

  • And just like that, folks,

  • I'm a human being before 7:00 a.m.

  • I would never describe a run as peaceful before today,

  • but it was.

  • The lighting was lovely.

  • I think exercising in the morning

  • helped me stay a little more chipper.

  • I felt more confident today.

  • I would say, on a scale from zero to 10,

  • I feel about a seven.

  • Oh, oh, and the bag cam.

  • How are the bags doing today?

  • My grandma calls them suitcases.

  • I turned off the alarm, and then I sat in bed

  • on my phone for about a half an hour.

  • And then, at 5:00, I was like, alright girl,

  • it's time, you're gonna do a thing.

  • And guess what I did?

  • I painted my nails!

  • I also painted my toenails.

  • I did a really bad job.

  • And then I had my phone call

  • with my friend Dana, who lives in Israel,

  • who's seven hours ahead of me.

  • So that was a plus.

  • I had an interview today

  • with someone I've been trying to

  • get in contact with for a while,

  • and it went really well, so I was really hype

  • for, like, 45 minutes,

  • and then just (boom) crashed.

  • I had such a hard time this morning.

  • I got into work and I couldn't function.

  • I'm gonna play my kickball game,

  • and I'm gonna try to go to bed by 8:00.

  • I know that's not gonna happen,

  • but I need to actually try.

  • The bedtime is what's messing me up.

  • Just got back from kickball.

  • It's 9:12, I'm going to bed, bye!

  • Hi, it's Thursday, and I am much more alert!

  • I had all this footage from a trip that I went on

  • with my family in November,

  • and I had never pieced it together

  • into any sort of cohesive thing,

  • so that's what I did this morning.

  • I finished it, finally.

  • And then I changed and went to the gym,

  • then I showered and I came to work.

  • As you can see, my energy levels

  • are pretty high today.

  • I cracked the formula.

  • If you go to bed at a reasonable hour,

  • and then you do exercise when you wake up,

  • bag cam, bag cam.

  • I'm looking okay today, I think.

  • It's Friday.

  • Made it.

  • I did wake up and I went for a walk

  • at the Brooklyn Bridge, which was lovely.

  • The weather was a perfect 72 degrees,

  • the light was beautiful, there weren't too many clouds.

  • Oh, it was a dream.

  • Everyone should wake up and see the sunrise

  • at the Brooklyn Bridge once in their life, just once.

  • I got to call my British mom today,

  • because they're five hours ahead,

  • so I called her at about 5:30 this morning,

  • and that was really nice to catch up with her.

  • I was actually incredibly productive today for two reasons.

  • One, I figured out the sleep schedule.

  • Two, it's the end of Q2 and everyone was hustling.

  • I feel okay.

  • How do my eyes look?

  • Check out the bag cam.

  • I have major respect for Navy SEALs

  • who wake up at 4:30 in the morning,

  • anyone who works night shifts, has wild hours,

  • kudos, I get it now maybe a little bit,

  • maybe not to the fullest extent, but, like, wow.

  • All in all, at the end of this experiment,

  • I understand now why people wake up at 4:30.

  • You feel really good about yourself

  • when you're productive before

  • everyone else you know has even risen from the pillow.

  • I don't know if this 4:30 time is gonna stick.

  • I did like being awake at sunrise,

  • but sunrise is like 5:30,

  • so maybe I'll push to a 6:00 a.m., 6:30 wake up.

  • Having a regimented wake up time

  • was really useful for me.

  • I could feel a little more rested,

  • but other than that, I've achieved a lot of things

  • I've needed to do for a long time this week.

  • I think waking up at 4:30 really opened my eyes.

  • Now that this week is over, I'm gonna go take a nap.

  • I'll see you guys later.

I wanted to test out for myself

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I Woke Up At 4:30 a.m. For A Week Like A Navy SEAL

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    Samuel posted on 2018/07/31
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