The 5 AM Club
Jul 12, 2016
Be Wise, And Rise! Why Every Executive Should Join the ‘5am Club’
Browse any bookstore, and there’s no denying that a shortage of executive ‘self-help’ publications isn’t going to materialise anytime soon. That said, finding the needles in the haystack isn’t an easy feat. It’s a flooded market, and with so much to choose from it can be difficult to hone in on what’s golden, and what’s simply wasting your time.
One author who definitely falls into the former category is motivational guru Robin Sharma. Famous for penning ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ series, Sharma’s latest words of wisdom assert that getting up at 5am is the key to drastically augmenting productivity.
Why 5am matters for the executive.
Why? Primarily, you’ll enjoy around three hours of alone time. Most C-suiters don’t kick into gear until around 8am, which means you’ll give yourself three hours of interruption free time where you can focus on priorities that really move the needle.
Secondly, these three hours can be used to beef up your exercise regime. In the retail recruitment sphere, it can be difficult to find the time to work up a sweat. But it’s a vicious cycle, as exercise is proven to reenergise, boost confidence, improve the mood and amplify the decision making process.
Rising at 5am is also a great way to unlock more time for preparing healthy, nutritious meals. Not to mention catching the sunrise which is therapy in itself. What better way to prepare for a chaotic day of headhunting than watching the sky transition from dark to light? Exactly.
“Join The 5 a.m. Club. Your most valuable hours are 5am-8am. They have the least interruptions,” muses Robin Sharma.
Building up to a 5am start
What if a 5am rise and shine every day of the week is just too much to fathom?
If you’ve been following our latest content, you’ll know that setting micro-goals is a hugely effective way to hit targets. The same concept can be applied to scoring admission to the coveted 5am Club. Start small, and gradually build up to 5am being your alarm of choice. Even getting up at 5am just once a week can make a marked difference to your overall productivity for the entire month.
So does it really work? Ask the likes of fellow 5am Club members such as Benjamin Franklin, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Disney CEO Robert Iger, and the answer is a categorical yes.