I know, You won't believe me if I just say: ''you will count from 5 to 1 and wake up at 5:31''. Ridiculous!
I used to be the worst to wake up early! It was nearly impossible to wake me up.
I need to tell you the truth. In my early 20’s my dad was ringing me to double check if I’m awake..
And even worse: then later my boyfriend used to call me to wake me up. Sometimes I didn’t answer the phone, I was hard asleep.
Every evening I was setting up about 10-15 new alarms (each one for the odd time as I don’t like the even numbers). Then in the morning when the first alarm went off, I would automatically snooze it, and then another one and another one.
Sometimes I didn’t even hear any of my alarms. I’ve just got used to them. So often I was changing the song - the melody for my alarm to help me wake up. It was sooo hard to wake up in the morning.
Like a mission impossible.
And then, a few years ago I came across some videos of Mel Robbins on youtube. She was talking about 5 second rule. The simplest rule I have ever heard of: count from 5 to 1 and then do what you wanted to do.
I couldn’t believe that this would help me wake up in the morning!
But I got drawn into her videos and books and also heard of people who changed their lives with this simple rule. People who didn’t kill themselves because of this rule! Mel explained the science behind it, she discovered that with this rule we can easily trick our brain so it works for us not against us.
So I decided to try.
The Master of snooze decided to wake up early and go for a run at 5:31. And the next morning I can hear my alarm goes off, my first thought ‘’snooze!’’ but then I remembered about the run and the rule. My next thought: ‘’maybe tomorrow’’.
And I remembered what I have read about 5 second rule so I tried counting ‘’5,4,3,2,1’’ in my head… nothing happened.
So I tried again ‘’5,4,3,2,1’’ and again and again and after about 7th count - I was stood next to the window.
My clothes were there (another important point: help yourself and make your clothes ready the day before) , warm on the radiator, but I looked outside and I was thinking ‘’it’s so cold, maybe it isn’t the best idea to go for a run’’...
And again I realized that because of the simple counting I am awake, out of the bed so I decided to try counting again. Of course I was fighting with my thoughts, I really wanted to go back to bed and sleep, even for a few more minutes. But I started counting again 5,4,3,2,1 and before I even realized what is going on it was 5:37 and I was outside.
Even then I’ve had a little thought (or I would say big scream in my head) ‘’let’s come back to bed!’’ but then another 5,4,3,2,1 and I went running.
I felt so good about myself. WOW. I did it!
It was so difficult to get me out of bed and in addition go for a run before 6 in the morning.
But I did it! Wooohooo!!!!
I was not only feeling better, because my day was longer, I’ve had more done but also I was feeling better about myself, that I was able to accomplish something so difficult.
And I continued using 5 second rule every morning. Twice a week I also went for a morning run. Few weeks later it became a habit. Now I know that I can do it, so I easily wake up in the morning.
When it gets harder, the rule is there, I can always use it.
I actually used 5 second rule for other things: time management, getting out of my comfort zone, going live on facebook for the first time, doing my first public speech for 100 people, calming myself down when I was getting moody and a lot more. What can you use the 5 second rule for? Let me know down below in the comments.