Bryan Dijkhuizen

The Myth of Waking Up Early

“Wake up at 5 a.m. — you’ll be so much more productive!”

That’s what a lot of people say these days.

Can we just stop doing this? I’ve had enough of these people preaching their 5 a.m. lifestyle already.

Twitter and Instagram are full of these influencers (barf) that make tons of money on their “get rich quick” and “wake up like a god” courses. Most of them are scams.

They’re not scientifically proven and worst of all, we don’t all need to wake up that early.

I’ve tried it for a while. Didn’t work.

It made me feel sick, I’m just not a morning type of person — especially not during the dark days in winter.

If it works for you, that’s great. Keep doing what you’re doing, I will not stop you.

But for those of you that think you need to do it because it makes you more productive or healthier — give it a try and if it doesn’t work for you, don’t do it.

Because it’s just a trend, a hype even.

There’s a bunch of rich people making tons of money on these  pyramid scheme scams  on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and even TikTok.

Then there’s this group of people that has to wake up early. Because of their jobs. They’ve probably gotten used to it.

Lots of young people try it because they’ve seen on the gram that they could become more productive and get more work done.

I’ll be honest.

It makes me sick, and tired and I wanted to go to bed and didn’t do any work at all.

My body just turns to me and says:

“Get the f*ck back to bed you idiot, I’m not done regenerating all of your energy.”

If it feels like your body is trying to tell you that, listen and take a nap.

We’re not all morning people

When you tell the people around you that you’re not a “morning person”, you’re speaking the truth — it’s not because you’re lazy or want to stay in bed longer.

There is a tiny group of people that are  real   morning people. 

You can’t do anything about it.

You can change yourself a little bit by creating early morning routines and habits but you will always feel kind of miserable waking up at such an unnatural time of the day.

On the other hand, there’s a group called “night owls” — they exist as well. These people get their energy once the sun is down.

Don’t try to change your bodily routines. It doesn’t want it.  Ask yourself this question. 

“Does it make me happy?”

If the answer is no, don’t do it. It is really that simple.

We’re all so over-complicating things in life that it’s getting a bit toxic. We’re becoming productivity monsters instead of happy human beings.

You might wonder how to escape this toxic productivity society. Here’s my three-step guide for you.

  1. First, you need to realize whether you’re being toxic or not. If you are, ask yourself that happiness question.
  2. Get yourself out of the matrix by making money online, stop doing everything for your boss that doesn’t care about you.
  3. Once you’re able to do it all yourself, quit that draining job.
  4. Do the things you love.

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