Why I Wake up at 5:30am Every Day

Have you ever tried to start a habit of waking up early every day and failed? Me too. I think that pretty much everyone has. It’s just something about the early hours of the morning, no one else is awake, your bed is so comfortable. Why get up? Just one more hour wont hurt. This is the problem that I have finally managed to crack, all thanks to Casey Neistat and Matt D’Avella.

I recently watched two videos by these two gentlemen and they gave me all the answers that I was searching for. You can find them both here:


After watching these videos I finally found out why my attempts at waking up early hadn’t been working. I had no reasons to actually get up. Sure, I had work to do and those extra few hours in the morning would have been so helpful and relieve so much stress, but I didn’t have a game plan of what I wanted to actually achieve that morning, there was no structure to my so-called ‘early morning routine’.

In Casey Neistat’s video, he shows - in the form of colour coded Dominoes - his daily routine hour by hour. The way that he began waking up between 4-5am every morning is that he took 2 hours from his night routine that were wasted just watching Netflix, and moved them to the morning and converting them to work hours. This way, he gets 2 hours of work done before the kids wake up. Genius! Now, I’m not sitting here claiming that Casey came up with the idea of waking up early, but he has certainly helped me with my early morning routine now. I have adopted his method of taking useless hours at night and moving them to the morning, where I can focus on what I need to do more clearly. For example, this morning I did some more research and booking for my Japan trip next year, and now I’m writing this blog post!

There are a few reasons why I have been enjoying waking up early rather than staying up late. The first being that since no one else is awake, there are no distractions. Social media is quiet, friends are sleeping. There’s nothing to do but work. The second reason is that since I work 9-5, I usually find it hard to find time to get my own work done, and that is usually the last thing that I want to do when I get home from a long day at work. Getting all of my work done between 5:30-7am allows me to have a free evening when I get home from work to do whatever I want - usually gaming. The final reason is that it helps me be more awake and alert when I have to start the day. When it gets to around 6:30-7am I usually turn off my computer and start getting ready for the day. Since I have already been awake for a while, I am more awake and energised by the time my job rolls around at 9am.

This secret last reason is mainly for my Photographer fam out there. I used to get up one or two mornings a month and head over to the beach to shoot the sunrise, but waking up at 5am to go and do that was always a pain. But now that I get up every morning at that time, I can head out any morning that I want to go and shoot any sunrise that I want. There is nothing more peaceful to me than watching the sun rise over the water.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post!

I will hopefully be writing a lot more now so keep an eye out here and over at my Facebook page for when I post next!

Much Love,


Pat Barlow

Pat Barlow is a Sydney based Photographer and Content Creator who has a keen eye for Architecture and Design.