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Why I Wake Up At 4 A.M. Almost Every Day

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No, this isn't another article telling you that the key to success is waking up early—because it's not. Let me put it out there: I believe that the key to success is knowing when you're most productive and figuring out a way to adjust your lifestyle accordingly. 

Two years ago, when I ~*officially*~ became a full-time writer, I was lucky enough to be hired by a company with semi-flexible hours. Most people come in at 10 a.m, but I'm usually at the office by 6:15 a.m.—which entails waking up at 4:00 a.m. 

I wish I could tell you I've always been this way, but, like you, I often fantasize about never leaving my bed. So why do I do it?

First of all, I don't have a car. I knew when I got hired that I was going to have to commute to work. Thankfully, my commute is easy: The MRT is a five-minute walk from my condo and my office is less than 10 stops away. But if you've ever taken the MRT, you know that after 6 a.m., it's pretty much a bloodbath in there. Also, I don't know what it is, but every type of failure or malfunction happens AFTER 6 a.m., so getting on the train before then is one of my daily goals. 

Another reason why I like to wake up super early is because I don't need the stress of having to bolt out the door 15 minutes after I open my eyes. I need a slow start to my day, mostly because my mind is racing the minute I wake up, and my body needs time to catch up. 


When I leave my condo at 5:00 a.m., it's also a much cooler walk to the MRT. I live on a busy street, and there are a lot of tricycles nearby. But I've never taken one in the two years I've been doing this routine, because I truly enjoy walking (but also because I'm too proud to pay P20 when I can literally see my MRT station from my condo, really.) 

Now that I've gotten used to waking up before the rest of the world, I've grown to enjoy being a morning person. I like the quiet that greets me when I walk into an empty office. I'm thankful I don't have to cater to anyone else but myself for a few hours. It lets me plan my day in peace. I've also learned something about myself: I'm most creative before noon. I don't love anything I write after 4 p.m., unless it's completely unrelated material from my main job.

As an introvert, I also use that time to hype myself up for a full-day of conversing and collaborating with my team. I love them, but it's super necessary, LOL! And this is also something I cherish at the end of the day, which works out perfectly because I live alone. I know people mean well when you get home and they ask you about your day, but for me, it's miserable. The last thing I want to do after a long day is to relive it. 

Unfortunately for my social life, I'm useless at night, and I'm usually in bed before 10:00 p.m. It takes a lot for me to agree to a social gathering after work and all the hours leading up to it are spent dreading the commute home.

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Ah well, I'm almost 30, so I'm just going to accept this as my first step towards titahood. What about you? 

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