Finding a reason to get up at 5.30am

Yesterday morning I went to a local 24/7 pub to watch England play the USA. It was a friendly, but a rather special one as it was the last time Wayne Rooney will play for England. It is funny how a 5.30am start sounds so horrible, until it is for something we actually want to do. For me, it was watching my country play live in London.

It was pretty empty, it is an outside pub in the high street without walls but sheltered by a roof. There were some early birds, a couple of people in suits having their morning coffee as well as two guys in high visibility jackets preparing for a hard days work. I would have looked rather out of place there in my causal clothes if it wasn’t for the TV I was staring at for 90 minutes.

England won the game 3-0.

There is something I love about being awake early, when it is my choice. I love the silence as I walk through the streets, the low hum of traffic as cars slowly start to hit the roads but in small numbers, the endless space not taken up by the masses at rush hour. Upon heading back home after the game, the city really came back to life. What fascinated me was that I was heading to central station but because I was already in Brisbane’s CBD, everyone was spilling out of central station. This meant that when I was walking towards it, 99% of people were walking by and very little were walking in my direction. It was pretty interesting and a reminder of how our society- and species in general- has been programmed to do things in very similar ways. Set our alarms for the same wake up, catch the same train, drink the same coffee and see each other on the same work break. I am sure by 5.30pm the lines of people were travelling in the opposite direction.

Sometimes, things become so much easier to do when we aren’t forced to do them. 5.30am starts for example. Life gets easier the more freedom we gain, and our aim should be to gain as much freedom in this life as possible


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36 thoughts on “Finding a reason to get up at 5.30am”

    1. Haha, well I hope you never have to get up at that hour then! Mornings aren’t for everyone, and I sure struggle unless I am motivated by something I am going to enjoy at that time.

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      1. This is such a great time to work and find alone time I can imagine. I hope that I find the motivation to get up at this time, especially if I continue to blog long term. These quiet hours I am sure are vital!!

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      2. If you really love what you do, you’ll find the motivation, don’t worry. Then it becomes a habit, like working out, so it gets easier. But might be harder if you’re an owl. Still doable. Good luck!

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  1. Early morning is the best. Some aren’t morning people for sure. One can get a lot done early in the am before the day gets hectic and crazy. My work days start between 3:30 and 4:30 am. I love it. No commute traffic. Even on days off, I’m up at or before 5am. Small price to pay for working 4 days a week.

    Thanks for posting. Glad England won.

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    1. That really is an early start! But it sounds like it is very productive to start at such quiet time. A lot of inspiration for me to get up earlier more frequently.

      I am pleased England won! I am glad you do too 🙂

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  2. I like an early start. I can be out with a camera before there’s anyone else around. Although I sometimes check the weather on my tablet before getting out of bed. I got up for the sunrise this morning despite the fact that it’s been snowing most of the night.

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  3. I’m up early every day – 4:30am. Then again, I’m usually in bed by 8:30pm. As a morning person, I’m super productive in the am, and all but useless after 4pm. I’m guessing that night owls are the opposite. As for traveling, an early morning run (or walk, I suppose, if running’s not your thing) is such a great way to see a place wake up, whether it’s a big city, small town, or out in the country. It’s like you described in your post about silence and fewer cars on the roads. You kinda feel like you have the place to yourself.

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    1. Useless after 4pm? That is so early for me! However you are up much earlier than me so I totally understand this. I think I would feel much better getting up early and sleeping earlier too, I just feel healthier when I do. If I feel good on a morning, I feel great the whole day. I need to do this more so thank you for the inspiration!


  4. I am blessed to have flexibility in my job that allows me to basically work any hours between 6am and 6pm. I find I wake up earlier and start work earlier just because I’m not forced to adhere to a set start time/wake up to an alarm. It really is wonderful and I find I’m much more productive in the morning.

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      1. You’re the second blogger here to have that happen, maybe WP was glitching at the time, weird. But I understand completely, if I am not made to wake up, it is on my terms and much easier. Great that you have the freedom to choose and therefore find the productivity!

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  5. Since I started working for before-school care, I have had to get up at 5am every week day… 3 months in, and my body has finally adjusted to the change and now I naturally wake up around 5:30-6am every day! The best part is on the weekends. I love waking up with the sunrise, the city around me quiet (for once). And then I feel like I have soooo much time to do things! I can feel super productive, even if I do lounge around lazily for the few couple hours of the day 🙂

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    1. That is the best thing for me, having so much time during daylight hours to be productive. I am pleased you have adjusted to the sleeping pattern and have all this time do things, or simply lounge around… I bet even a lazy day feels more productive! Great to hear 🙂

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