getting up at 5:30 for a week

After watching one too many “a productive day in my life” videos on YouTube, a friend of mine, Lisa, and I decided to maximise our productivity ourselves. Almost every video or article will tell you that the only way to get the most out of a day is to get up as early as possible – which how this experiment came to be.

Over the span of 5 days, Lisa and I got up at 5:30 to see just how much would change in our lives. We both documented our days and wrote a little conclusion which you can find at the end of this post.

I would like to point out that in preparation of this experiment, I used two days in advance to gradually get up earlier, just so 5:30 wouldn’t be too much of a shock. ……..but did it help?……..

MONDAY, April 1st

Fiona: My alarm went of at 5:30 and for about 10 minutes I just stayed in bed, contemplating why I had exactly agreed to do this. I then got up, did a 10 minute yoga session (yup, I was surprised myself) and after that I found myself being a little bored and unsere of what to do. Did I want breakfast? Was I even hungry yet? Or should I start working on assignments? SO MUCH FREE TIME. In the end, I made myself some coffee and finished my book (The Cruel Pince by Holly Black – which is AMAZING btw), answered some emails, spent some time in the garden, went grocery shopping with my brother and cooked some lunch, held some tutoring lessons, had some more coffee, finished writing some blog posts in the garden (even got a sunburn ugh), meal prepped some lunch for the next day and ended the day by starting to watch the Lizzy McGuire movie (lol) but passed out during the film. Monday was one hell of a productive day for me and I was actually surprised I was able to stay awake.

Lisa: Getting up at 5.30 a.m. wasn’t as bad as I thought. Of course I was tired but I just jumped out of bed and went for a long shower. Because I didm’t have university on that day, I enjoyed a rather slow morning. In the afternoon, I kind of got tired and also got a bad headache. But after a while, that went away and till the evening I was fine and surprisingly not tired.

TUESDAY, April 2nd

Fiona: On Tuesday I found it harder to get up than on the first day. In fact, I was dead inside for a good 30 minutes. I then journalled for a while in bed, made myself a humongous cup of coffee and was just about to enjoy a morning walk when my brother came back home and asked my to drive him to school because he had missed his train. The drive to his school was actually a lot of fun and woke me up quite a bit, as we had a little dance party. I decided to run some errands on the way back (petrol station, post office, drug store) and finally came back home and made myself a big breakfast. The rest of the day was pretty unremarkable, I was just Doing some blog / assignment work. In the evening I still had a lot of energy for some reason, so I tidied up my room before going to bed. It took a while for me to fall asleep.

Lisa: On Tuesday I couldn’t get up until 5.45a.m. and I was way more tired then on Monday. The rest of the day was rather ok. I got through it pretty well. But I was very awake in the evening and I think the last time I looked at the time was at around 11p.m. And that’s kinda weird for me because I try to get to bed as early as possible during the week.

WEDNESDAY, April 3rd

Fiona:Dead.” That’s the only thing I put in my notes for Wednesday. It was my first uni day of the week and I was absolutely wrecked. The drive home was the absolute worst. After coming home I napped for a few hours and wasn’t really capable of doing anything productive.

Lisa: I got up between 5.30 and 5.40 a.m. and went straight for a shower. The day went quite well. I needed a little time in the morning to really start functioning. I had class in the morning and when I came home I was a little bit tired but that went away quite quickly. The evening was fine. I wasn’t really tired but also not really awake. It was a perfect mixture of both.

THURSDAY, April 4th

Fiona: The nap I had taken on Wednesday killed me the following day. I got up an hour later than I should have (6:30) because I couldn’t (for the life of me) get myself to move. I also had a slight headache that I was stuck with for the whole day. University was okay, the drive there woke me up a little and I just tried to keep myself busy. When I got home, I was definitely feeling exhausted though.

Lisa: This day started really hard. I was soooo tired. I think I just laid in bed for around an hour, staring into the void of nothing. I was really afraid that this day is going to be hard because I had classes all day long. But during university, it was (surprisingly) quite ok. I wasn’t really tired. When I came home though, I kind of crashed a little bit. My parents were quite confused when I sat there and laughed about things that weren’t that funny just way too hard. That lasted for around 30 minutes and then I was fine again; but looking forward to going to sleep (because on Friday I had another full dayof classes).

FRIDAY, April 5th

Fiona: I dragged myself out of bed, looking forward to a FULL.DAY.OF.CLASSES (hah). I was definitely feeling tired throughout the day but nothing I couldn’t manage. The drive back was definitely the worst part of the day, I DO NOT recommend driving longer distances when exhausted. I had some dinner when I got home which gave me some energy for the rest of the evening. I stayed up past midnight (yeah I know, I’m a rebel) and went to sleep feeling tired, but good.

Lisa: I got up at 5.30 a.m. The day went quite well and I didn’t feel any tiredness. But when I got home from university at around 6 pm I was sooo freaking tired. But I still hat to go to an appointment (I was close to cancelling it and just staying at home) BUT when I was there and talked to friends the tiredness kind of just went away. And despite the fact that I had planned on going home as soon as possible, I only ended up getting home at around 4 am.


Fiona: All in all, I am glad that I did this experiment. It definitely helped to do it with a friend at the same time, as I had someone who understood what I was going through. 5:30 and I will likely never be friends, but I do like the idea of 6:00-6:30. I think that if you build up a routine, getting up earlier can definitely help A LOT in maximising your productivity and in general just getting shit done. The days felt longer and I felt as though I had more freetime as well, even though I definitely did a lot more than on an average day.

Lisa: Waking up a 5.30 a.m. wasn’t as hard as I thought. I had a lot of time in the morning to do things that I know I didn’t want to do in the evening. I also wasn’t as tired as expected during the day and that really surprised me. But I have to say that 5.30 a.m. is freaking early if classes start at 9.30 a.m. So what I will try now is to get up at around 6 – 6.30 a.m. That way I still have enough time to be productive in the morning but I don’t have to get up so early.

A big thank you goes out to my friend Lisa for not only being my 5:30 partner in crime but for also documenting her experience for this post (and for all of you to enjoy) ❤

20 thoughts on “getting up at 5:30 for a week

  1. This is amazing! I’ve also watched many motivational YouTube videos on why waking up early is good for you mind and body but I’ve never had the courage to actually do it and you are lucky to have done it with your friend. This has re-motivated me💞

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  2. Such a great idea! I always get recommended these videos by StudyTubers who wake up really early, and I’d never have thought to do a blog post like that – such a creative idea! I think this post is so interesting because it’s like you did an experiment and documented the results, and it sounds like it was super hard, but hey, you got to watch the Lizzie McGuire movie, so it’s not all bad! xx

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  3. This was interesting to read. I use to have to wake up at 5.30am every day for work. The first couple of weeks were awful, but after a while I got use to it and managed to get a lot done in the morning. You’ve inspired me to wake up earlier tomorrow 🙂 Though I am a night owl and love being productive near midnight. xx

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    1. Thank you! Exactly, it gets better, especially if you make somewhat of a routine for yourself and really stick to it. I was always so sure that I was a night owl but after doing this, I think I could also be a morning person if I got into it – though I must admit that I love a midnight writing session, it’s so peaceful! But the feeling of being awake before everyone also gave me a feeling of calmness, so I guess it just depends on what you prefer xx

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  4. Ah, I totally get what you mean! On those few days when I get up early, I feel like I have the world at my feet, all conquered. Also reminds me of the days I used to get up at 3 am because I didn’t study shit all year and was now facing my last, main exams before school ended for good. Although that just sounds sad and unhealthy, hmm oh no.

    And this was such an entertaining post! I loved it!! *tries to think of posts by Fiona she doesn’t love and enters crisis math mode* yay random I’ll shut up now.

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    1. JESUS, 3AM?! Oh my god, I mean I have studied through the night often enough, sometimes working past 3am. But never in my life have I gone to sleep only to get up in the middle of the night – getting up isn’t my forte, I need a little time before I can actually think straight 😂 But “rEsPeCt BrO” as they say, exam season always pushes students to test their limits hahaha

      And thank you, happy to hear you enjoyed it! Also, I should probably get back to paying attention in class before I am forced to get up at 3 am lol. Oh and I’m drinking mango juice (see? I can be random too)


  5. It was so interesting to read about your experience girl! I’m such a night owl that even just getting up before 8am honestly kills me 😑 but honestly, just like you, I watch so many motivating videos on youtube that make me wanna be the type to wake up at 6am with no problems! I definitely need to try to sort my sleeping pattern out, so that I’m getting between 8-10 hours sleep a night AND waking up early enough to have super productive days… (somebody send help pls) 😰 Great post as always beautiful!!! xox

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    1. Thank you, so happy to hear you enjoyed it! I know right, it looks so easy on all of those videos, you sometimes doubt yourself simply because you have a harder time getting up than those influencers. And I’m trying to sort mine out as well right now, having enough sleep sounds like a DREAM. If you find any useful tips along the way, help a girl out 😉 xx

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  6. very interesting post, Fiona! i love how i got insight on how this experiment worked from you and Fiona! i wake up for school at 6 am every morning and i feel really sluggish during the weekend when i wake up later; waking up early always make me feel really energized and productive. lovely post x

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  7. Oh my goodness I keep seeing these everywhere and thinking…will I ever have the self discipline to do that? I really, really wish I was a morning person but I’m just not – waking up early literally makes me feel physically ill haha, it affects / ruins my whole day because I just don’t feel well at all, doesn’t matter how much sleep I get, I always feel tired. I wish I could do something like this though because I think it adds so much extra productivity & time into your day. Great post! X

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    1. Right?! There’s definitely a trend going on (and I jumped on the bandwagon). I used to feel like that too early in the morning – but it’s all about what you’re used to I think. For example, I was never the type of person to eat breakfast so early (like before I went to school) because I usually felt a little sick. But now I eat breakfast everyday that early because I built up a routine and my body got used to it – it wasn’t that great at first but now I could never go to an early class at uni without having breakfast!

      I do believe that there are “morning people” and “night owls”, but now that I’ve been both, I do think you can “train” yourself to be one of the two (at least to a certain point). In the end, I think it’s all about what you prefer and what works for you best 🙂 Thanks x

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  8. On Mondays I have to get up at 5 am for work and honestly when I started, I thought I was going to resent it but I have actually not found it as bad as I thought it would be. It is definitely better now that I am waking up to daylight and not pitch blackness and I love finishing work at 4 pm as I feel like I actually have an evening. Normally I try to get up at 6 am but without work to motivate me, it is definitely a lot harder to get up. I commend you for managing to wake up around 5.30 am for 5 days without work to motivate you to do so! xx

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    1. Sounds like you found a system that works for you! I also think it’s really great that you finish work at 4pm, like you said, the day is not completely over after that. I recently had a bunch of classes at uni that ended at 9 pm and I was so exhausted after that I went straight to bed after coming home. On days like that, it’s hard to find time for yourself.

      And thank you, it was definitely an experience I learnt a lot from. I now know that I AM capable of waking up earlier and have tried to slowly implement that into my life by changing my sleeping schedule a little. xx

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