Waking Up Early: get in shape, focus, and achieve your goals
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Waking Up Early: get in shape, focus, and achieve your goals

An ordinary practice regular people do to achieve extraordinary results
4.5 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,086 students enrolled
Created by Danny Zacharias
Last updated 6/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the benefit of waking up early
  • Identify the main practices of early risers
  • Choose the things they can do in the morning
  • Explain the benefits of different morning rituals
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  • Students will need to come with an open mind
  • Several items are strongly suggested within the course
  • Paper and pen for taking notes
  • A willingness to try something new

In this course I talk about my most important life-hacking practice that helps me achieve focus and results — waking up early and going through a consistent morning routine.

I will help you see the benefit of waking up early and show you the practices early risers use to better themselves

  • Get in shape
  • Increase knowledge
  • Get projects done
  • Motivate yourself
  • Achieve your goals


Danny's description of his journey to make the most of his mornings was refreshingly open and honest. The strategies he uses include actionable steps that are both simple and realistic. After going through this course, I am inspired to reassess my own morning routine. Thanks Danny for a note-worthy course. — Autumn Gal Udemy review


Become an Early Riser

Becoming an early riser gives you more time in the day to focus on routines or projects that you quite often would like to do, but never seem to have the time. By practicing this skill, you add time to your day to focus on what matters to you, before the busyness of the day sets upon you.

Getting up early has been the practice of many people through history. The comforts of modern mattresses have lured us to sleep in. But the reality today is that many of the most successful people and entrepreneurs have a consistent morning routine. You can do this!


The biggest thing I appreciate about this course is, it is very practical. Danny understands that it is not easy. He lists the "resistance" you might face and also gives solutions. He also gives many options that you can implement right away. The most important thig is, it is not a lecture delivered from a "high horse". Danny is down to earth and explains everyday solutions for real problems. Very useful. Worth going through multiple times.


Content and Overview

This course will explain the value of sleep and will show you that waking up early does not mean sacrificing the amount of sleep you get.

Most of the course lectures will highlight some of the most popular morning routines, and will show you how to adapt them to your life and goals. This course will discuss:

  1. Journaling and its benefits
  2. Having written goals and written personal mission statement
  3. Benefits of exercising in the morning
  4. How to actually get up early
  5. And so much more...
-----The course covers so much ground, from what to do, to how to do it, to motivation to do it. Great quality. Delivery interesting and engaging--personal examples that are compelling that I can easily relate to. — Udemy review-----
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone aiming to better themselves and find more time to focus on the things they care about
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Why You Should Join the Early Risers!
6 Lectures 19:11

In this video I introduce myself and explain why I am passionate about and have created the course.

Welcome to the Course!

In this first lecture I describe the reason that many people choose to wake up early and try to convince you that it is worth a try!

Preview 03:30

In this lecture, I highlight the importance of sleep and how waking up early should not mean sacrificing sleep.


In this lecture, I provide some practical tips to actually help you get up in the morning.

Tips On How To Actually Get Up

This lecture offers a brief introduction to the common habits of early risers, which serves as an introduction to the next course section.

Common Practices and Keeping Time

This text shows how I structure my morning routine.

My Morning Routine Timers
The Common Practices of Early Risers
13 Lectures 42:40

The first practice of early risers is silence / meditation / prayer. In this lecture, I describe how I spend this time in my morning routine.

Practice 1: Silence, Prayer, and Meditation

In this first project, I instruct you on how to practice silence and meditation for the very first time.

Project 1: Silence, Prayer, and Meditation
3 pages

In this lecture, I talk about daily reviewing your personal goals and own mission and how to create such a document.

Preview 07:03

In this document, I get personal and share my actual goals and mission statement document.

My personal Goals and Mission Statement document

Using my own mission statement as a template, I coach you on how to create your own goals and mission document.

Project 2: Mission and Goals document
4 pages

In this lecture, I discuss dreaming big (or affirmations) and why so many early risers do this.

Practice 3: Dreaming Big

In this project, I coach you on how to practice dreaming big

Project 3: Dreaming Big
3 pages

In this lecture, I discuss the practice of reading and its benefits for the morning.

Practice 4: Reading

Project 4: Your Reading
3 pages

In this lecture, I discuss the benefits of keeping a journal in the morning, and some helpful journaling options for any person.

Practice 5: Journaling

In this project, I challenge you to choose your journaling instrument.

Project 5: Journaling
2 pages

Move it! In this video I talk about why exercise is such an awesome part of the morning routine.

Practice 6: Exercising

In this project, I tell you a bit about my past exercise failures, and coach you to identify enjoyable routines for your own life.

Project 6: Exercising
5 pages
Achieving Your Ideal Routine
7 Lectures 09:47

In this video, I talk about the inevitable wall people sometimes push up against as they start to practice an early morning wake up routine.

Preview 02:56

In this video I talk about some of the common seeds of resistance to the early riser and how to fight against them.

Seeds of Resistance

In this project, I pose questions to help you identify and call out those seeds of resistance in your life.

Project: Identifying Your Resistance
4 pages

In this final lecture, I talk about how to engineer your morning routine so that it suits your lifestyle and helps you best pursue your goals.

Engineering Your Routine

In this project, I give you questions to help you list some big ideas and projects that you have wanted to work on, and challenge you to start working towards them in the mornings.

Project: Brainstorming Big Projects
4 pages

More Resources on Waking Up Early

In this final project, I issue you a 30 day challenge. If I have even partially convinced you that becoming an early riser might be a good thing, actually doing it consistently for 30 days I believe will put all of your doubts to rest.

Final Project: The 30 day Challenge
3 pages
About the Instructor
Danny Zacharias
4.4 Average rating
201 Reviews
3,498 Students
5 Courses
EduPreneur, Tech Ninja, Bible Geek, Professor, Author

Dr. H. Daniel Zacharias is a professor, speaker, author, tech ninja, and is a full time professor at Acadia University.

Danny is passionate about productivity and utilizing technology effectively. He is a an avid reader on leadership, productivity, and business success. Danny has turned this passion in his life into eBooks for college and university students as well as Udemy courses.

Danny's training and full-time gig is in Biblical studies. He works hard to help people understand the message of the Bible and to teach them to be responsible readers. He is also passionate about utilizing emerging technology in education. This shows in his personal website, where he provides quality multimedia resources for learning Greek, including apps, videos, and songs, as well as his informational blog. Danny is a graduate of Providence College (BA), Acadia University (M.A., MDiv.) and Ph.D. (HTC/Aberdeen). He and his wife, Maria, live in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with their two sons, daughter, and cat.