Find Your New Self in the 5am Club

So just got done reading the 5 AM club….

and it was super cool  here are my very in depth review of it you can watch the YouTube video but I’m gonna take the rest of this blog post to layout the bull in a bullet point fashion the key insights that I got out of the book so here they are:

Key Insights

  • This is a story of Archetypes
    • Billionaire
    • Spell Binder
    • Entrepreneur
    • Artist
  • You have to make each day deliberate, 5am is a choice
  • You have learn to focus on taking time for your self, 5-6am
  • You have to be consistent, results don’t happen – you make them
  • You have to cultivate mind, heart, health, and soul
  • You have to let go of who you are to become anew
  • you have to deliberately make new habits (Atomic Habits & The Power of Habit for more)
    • Trigger
    • Behavior
    • Reward
    • Repeat
      • Crave the trigger
  • It takes 66 repetitions to make a habit that will last
    • the first 22 will be hard – deconstruction of neural pathways
    • The second 22 will be messy – you are installing new neural pathways
    • The last 22 days will be beautiful – you have crystallizing your neural pathways
  • You will see stacking effects when you repeat habits
  • 20/20/20 rule for you 5am hour – Your new morning routine (Sweat/Reflect/Grow)
    • 20 min Sweat workout, kill your cortisol
    • 20 min Reflect on what is important, what you value and become still
      • 10 min write out the perfect day
      • Daily journaling (give up your negativity and your positivity
      • Meditate
    • 20 min Grow upgrade your knowledge & skills
  • Sleep is super important, it is when you have the highest levels of HGH (human growth hormone)
    • 7pm
      • Tech Turned Off
      • Last Meal
    • 8pm
      • Wind down
      • Be with your family and loved ones
    • 9pm
      • Be in bed
      • Go to sleep

I honestly should probably do a review of the bullet Journal method. there’s like a billion of them online but that’s part of why my Keith notes look the way they do. anyway so now I’m gonna get into what’s called the amazing day and this is the Super Gen version of it I can’t actually recreate what’s in his book without my you know plagiarising him and getting in loads of trouble but I can give you the basic rundown and I also can give you his 10 tactics which honestly they are super so you like those annual find them below

The Amazing Day

No-tech Morning Hours

  • 04:30 Alarm goes off
    • Get into your gym clothes
    • Brush your teeth
  • 05:00 Start Sweating
  • 05:20 Start Reflecting
  • 05:40 Start Growing
  • 06:00 End of Victory Hour
  • 06:00 – 08:00 Spend time with family & with your personal project

Tech Midday Hours

  • 08:00 – 13:00 High Value Work
    • 90mins / 90days / 1task
    • 60min work / 10min rest
  • 13:00 – 17:00 Low Value Work
    • Break your fast (16 hours fasting / 8 hours non fasting)
    • Admin
    • Meetings
    • Follow-up
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Disconnect from work / start to do neutral stuff
    • Commute University
    • Massage
    • Workout

No-tech Evening Hours

  • 18:00 – 19:30 Family & personal project time
  • 19:30 – 21:30 Nightly Ritual
  • 21:30 Sleep

I’m just going to really quick lay down the titles for the 10 tactics but I’m not gonna write out all of my notes if you wanna know the good stuff go get the book.

10 Tactics

  1. The tight bubble of total focus
  2. 90/90/1 rule
  3. 60/10 method
  4. The daily 5 concept
  5. Second wind workout
  6. 2 Massage Protocol
  7. Traffic University
  8. Dream Team
  9. Weekly Design
  10. 60 Minute Student

OK that’s it. I’m ready to go move on with my life. and I also need to turn off all my devices at this time.

Would you try to live like this for 66 days?

Seeing Productivity Differently After Reading Smarter Faster Better

In a follow up to his first book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg has released another amazing book about the real secrets to productivity. And no, there isn’t an app you need to download.

After studying some of the top organizations in the world, Charles discovered a few elements to productivity that most people over look. Again, this isn’t about to-do lists or using apps and calendars; all of which are fantastic ways to keep track of what and when to do things. But the purpose of this book was to look deeper, into the mechanisms that lead teams and people to be productive.

And instead of beating you over the head with his book, I thought it would be faster to pull the items straight from my notebook, with added flourish:

  • Ask why to discover the deeper motivation in your self and others, aloud.
  • Create STRETCH Goals that you don’t immediately know how to accomplish, and then make SMART Goals as the baby steps to get there.
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Realistic
    • Time-based
  • Use your imagination to create mental models of the world around you, the easiest way to do this is to tell your self stories of what is going to happen.
    • For instance, if you sit an imagine how your day is going to go in the morning, you will more likely be able to hold true to that kind of day or discover roadblocks before they happen
  • Let each person contribute to the conversation and make sure they are heard without interruption and validated for their input.
    • Try this with you family member, or you loved ones; its like magic.
  • Use probabilities to your advantage. In the same way that we create mental models, examine possible outcomes and act on the ones that are most in line with you goals
  • Slow down the information flow, intentionally. This concept is called Disfluency. What it does is allow for the mind to grip the information and work with it.
    • You may use your computer, or your smart devices, for note taking. Try using pen and paper to get a better grip of the information.
    • There is a tip that both financial and fitness experts agree, if you write down what you do with your money or energy or food, you are more likely to hit your goals
  • Allow for the information that you have, your experience and your past, to become a part of your process. Share this information with others in diverse places, become an information broker.

So there you have my bullet points.

Thank you for reading, please let me know which of these resonates with you; how have you applied them in your own life?