These days I am reading and reviewing several books. I am also writing books as well – work in progress. You should foster the same habits for yourself. Every billionaire you know of speaks highly of the importance of reading books. The last time I looked at a book was when I shared lessons from the book Atomic Habits. Today we discuss The 5 AM Club. The book was written by Robin Sharma and emphasises the importance of waking up early, at 5 am. Here are some key lessons:
The Victory Hour – 5:00 am To 6:00 am
The idea is not just to wake up early. You have to productively use that time and that is why Robin Sharma underscores taming your first hour. He calls it the Victory Hour and advises that you must apportion it into 3 segments and do specific activities as follows:
5:00am To 5:20am
The main focus in these first 20 minutes is movement. You must do exercises that get your heart rate up and snap you out of the drowsiness of sleep. You can do activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, and the like.
5:20am To 5:40am
This segment is about reflection. You must take time to journal or write down what you intend to do in the day. You can also take stock of what is weighing down on your mind. It could also be an inspiration or ideas that can come to mind. You can do this with the help of taking a walk or meditating.
5:40am To 6:00am
The final 20 minutes is all about learning. You can do this by reading a book, listening to a podcast, or studying a topic.
Important To Note:
Be flexible in your approach to the victory hour. For starters, make sure you get enough to sleep i.e. 6 to 8 hours. This means your bedtime must be such that when you wake up for the victory hour you would have had enough sleep. In terms of the apportionments, it is not cast in stone that it should be 3 segments of 20 minutes each. You can customize the segment lengths to your needs or preferences.
Here he emphasises the importance of habit-making. He highlights that you need to cultivate two core things – willpower and consistency. When you master those two, everything becomes automatic and etched into your daily routine.
The Four Focuses
This aspect is about focusing on the right things:
He encourages you to search for and figure out things you are naturally gifted in. Once you do that you must nurture and cultivate those areas so that they bring value for and into your life.
It is easy to fall prey to distractions, especially in this digital age of smartphones, social media and the internet. Being able to get rid of distractions is central to being successful.
Robin Sharma points out 4 areas you must focus on for personal mastery. These are your mindset, your heart-set (emotions), your health-set (physical fitness), and your soul-set (contemplation and meditation on who you are).
The principle here is to ensure you make your day great. Then you ensure the next day is greater than the previous one. This will all be possible through habits – willpower and consistency.
10 Tactics For Lifelong Genius
This is a list of 10 things you should focus on for success:
Bubble Of Focus
A place you can be productive in, with limited to zero distractions.
The approach is here is to spend the first 90 minutes of your day, working on the most important project of your life at any given time. If you consistently do this every day, by the end of 90 days, you would have completed a goal.
After you are done with the 90-90-1, the rest of your day should be broken down into 60-minute blocks of work, followed by 10-minute breaks.
The Daily 5
This entails coming up with and writing down the 5 most important things you want to achieve in a day. Then as you go through the day, you tick each accomplished item.
2nd Wind Workout
This applies to when your workday is complete. Find a workout exercise about half an hour to an hour-long. It does not have to be something strenuous – a simple walk or jog can suffice.
2 Massages Per Week
I recently did an article where I mentioned how many people in Zimbabwe consider body therapy (e.g. massages) to be luxuries. It is not luxury though, it is a necessity. Robin Sharma encourages it in this book. If you cannot get the massages you can find something refreshing to do e.g. going out for coffee or lunch with a loved one.
This is an analogy for those who get to commute daily. Take this time to do productive things such as reading or listening to a podcast or an audiobook. I used to live by this principle the days I would commute daily – very useful!
The Dream Team
He encourages you to find, build or surround yourself with a team that can help you achieve your goals.
Weekly Design System
On Sunday, find time to lay out what your coming week should be like.
He recommends that every day you must spend at least 60 minutes learning. This helps your mind stay young, sharp, and active.
Those are the instructive lessons from the book The 5 AM Club. Always remember the iconic thing Robin Sharma said in his book, “Take excellent care of the front end of your day, and the rest of the day will pretty much take care of itself. Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life.” As always I encourage you to go read the entire book.