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The goal is to complete each task consecutively for an entire week before moving on to the next week. If it takes more than a week to accomplish it, then allow yourself the extra time. The purpose is to accomplish each challenge, regardless of the time required.
1. Rise and start day by 5:00-5:30 a.m. each morning.
Ideally my day would start by 5:00 a.m. This time allows our wakings to be stepwise with me waking at 5:00 a.m., Annelise waking at 6:00 a.m., and Tennyson waking at 7:00 a.m. Within this framework, everyone is permitted a little time to self, and time to adjust to or prepare for the new day. There is a drastic difference to how well conducted our day is (and I am personally) when I rise and begin before the rest of the family.
However, waking at 5:00 a.m. requires me to be in bed and falling asleep by 9:00 p.m. This isn't feasible many nights as it takes just a little longer to fully conclude one day, prepare for the next, and have some time for just my husband and I to be together. I also have a baby who doesn't sleep through the night just yet, and so lose sleep there as well. So, the 5:00 a.m. ideal needs to be extended to 5:30 a.m. on certain occasions. Both rest and rising early are very important, and so the goal is to achieve a balance that is feasible for each person. For me that means rising between 5:00-5:30 a.m.
To achieve this goal, I suggest a stepwise approach.
1) Get to bed as early as possible. Certainly no later than 10:00 p.m.
2) Set the alarm earlier each day by 10 minutes. So, if I've been getting up at 6:00 a.m., then the next day I'll set the alarm for 5:50 a.m. The next day will be set for 5:40 a.m. ect.
3) Continue rising at the desired time for an entire week, and it will become second-nature.