As part of my reading goals for 2017, I’m reading The 5 A.M. Miracle by Jeff Sanders. The book is all about productivity- which is something I struggle with. There have literally been days when I go to bed at night wondering what I accomplished that day.
Sure, I fed the kids, picked up the house, homeschooled the kids, and maybe ran some errands. But did I really achieve anything?
Most days, my answer was no, I hadn’t. I drifted through the day thinking about all that I would get accomplished tomorrow. But guess what . . . tomorrow never came.
How I Stopped Drifting Through Life
The more I read in this book, the more I realize that I have been not just drifting through my days, but drifting through life! I had no goals- other than just making it through the day. The 5 AM Miracle has been incredibly helpful in helping me identify my goals, work out a doable daily rhythm, and much more!
What Jeff says about his book:
The 5 A.M. Miracle is a resource guide for high-achievers. It is for anyone who has a wild passion for life and is in search of a structured system that will hone those passions, clarify their big goals, and produce real, amazing results.
1. Begin Your Day the Right Way
Yes, it’s true, I’m a big fan of early mornings. But, more importantly than waking up at an arbitrary time like 5:00 a.m., I’m a strong believer in intentionality. Choosing to wake up with a written plan is something most people just never do, and it’s astonishing how much it can change your life once you embrace this single habit.
2. The 5 AM Blueprint: 7 Steps to Extraordinary Productivity
The bulk of the book breaks down my blueprint for unprecedented progress. From healthy habits and productivity strategies, to review systems and professional-grade daily routines, you will find more actionable content than you could possibly imagine.
3. Built-In 30-Day Action Plan
Let’s not forget that at the end of the book I summarize the multitude of ideas into an easy-to-follow 30-day plan just so you have a clear plan of action.
Part of finding out what matters, is pin pointing what doesn’t- and eliminate it. For example, I realized that I was spending hours a day on Facebook. Hours a day! Hours lost on mindless scrolling through a stupid social media app! Hours of missed opportunity to connect with the kids! Hours taken that I’ll never get back.
After I made this shocking realization, I decided to take a month away from the time sucker. I uninstalled the app from my phone, deleted the shortcut from my laptop, and determined not to waste my time on Facebook for the entire month of January.
I’m 13 days in, and can I tell you something? I don’t miss it. It was hard at first, don’t get me wrong. I found myself randomly reaching for my phone to “check FB”. It was a habit. I was addicted.
Did you catch that? I was addicted.
That’s past tense. I’ve broken the horrible habit and begun filling my time with more read alouds with the kids, more writing (another of my goals), decluttering, and many other more productive activities.
Of course Facebook wasn’t my only time waster, but it was a big one. Every day I am getting more and more productive. I accomplishing so much and I haven’t even finished the book yet.
The 5 A.M. Miracle has helped me in so many ways. If you need help getting on track and not drifting through life any more, this is the book for you!