20 days ago i challenged myself to start waking up early at 4:30 a.m for the next 21 days. There was no reasoning for this. And i did not know what to expect at the end of it all. But i started nevertheless and i sit here on the 21st day having woken up every day for the past 21 morning at 4:30 am, sometimes even before.
Was it tough? Yes, it was. The waking up was easy. It was really the staying awake that was tough. The fact that it was winter did nit help as leaving the warm cozy bed was a different challenge all together. But it was do able. To first wake up and stay awake for the next one hour upon which i went for a run outside.
Would i continue waking at 4:30? The idea of the challenge was that it took 21 days of doing the same thing at the same time to form a habit. So, if it has become a habit i think i should be auto-tuned to do it. We’ll see though what happens.
Finally, the reason i think now when i look back i set forth on this challenge was because i just wanted to. There was no comparative analysis or anything. I just felt it would add some value and so i set forth. I am glad i did.
Almost there but not there yet. Less than 24 hours to go and #21earlydays is done. Final verdicts and my take on the challenge will follow after the challenge is over. Woot! Woot!!
With only two days of the challenge remaining i can see the finish line. I cannot however be complacent or be too conscious just yet. Just need to do what i have doing for over two weeks and see the challenge through.
Like yesterday once again it was a struggle to stay awake. Today even more so the mind was so preoccupied with a lot of stuffs. Thoughts and memories from deep down under surfaced. Some of these thoughts i did not even know existed but they did. And with the mind occupied with ramblings it was constantly telling me sleep and you no longer need to think these things. The chilly weather isn’t helping me either and staying out of the bed is another challenge all together. But i am doing good and now 3 more days to go. Got to hang in there.
As the 21 days come closer i find myself toiling that much harder to stay awake after i am up at 4:30 a.m. Today was a real struggle to keep myself awake. There was a constant battle raging inside the head one telling me to go sleep because it was so cold and there was no point in staying awake the other telling me to see this challenge through. I really want to see this challenge through so instead i chose to stay awake and read. Soon after i made a decision to go run earlier than previous days.
And just like that the backward counting has begun. I think its safe to say i am no longer dependent on the alarm clock but am not taking any chance not just yet. Maybe once the 21 days are over but for now alarm is my friend.
And suddenly it is day 15 of the 21 days challenge. I can now start counting backwards. 6 more days to go and then too keep up with the early days even after the 21 days are over.
No real surprise on beating the alarm clock. I have been doing that with relative ease. Don’t want to be complacent or sound too cocky though. It was a challenge though to stay awake. It is getting colder by the day and tough to keep up.But so far so good.
The “unlucky” tag associated with the number did cross my mind and so i double checked everything before i went to sleep. But me waking up at 4 am only enforced the fact that unlucky 13 is just a tag and i need to be on the watch out and vigil about my targets everyday than just on things associated with number 13.
It felt good to beat the alarm again and shut down that annoying sound before it rang. The alarm has been real helpful even though it is super annoying. One other thought i am now closer to the finish than i am to the starting day. Some achievement that, pat and on the back and need to get the head down again and play a longer innings.