Finding Focus – The 5 O’clock Club

Having been involved in direct sales for 17 years I have enjoyed reading about other woman who have been successful in the industry.  Of course, one of the icons of the direct sales industry is Mary Kay Ash of Mary Kay Cosmetics.  She is an amazing woman and I have enjoyed reading about and learning from her over the years.

Years ago, at the beginning of my direct sales career I first read about Mary Kay’s Five O’clock Club in her book “Mary Kay – You Can Have it All”.

Whenever people would ask Mary Kay how she managed to get so much done she would tell them about her Five O’clock Club and invite them to join her.

Yes, Mary Kay Ash would get up every morning at 5:00 a.m.  That extra hour or two each day, before the rest of the world and her family got up, helped her to accomplish all that she needed to do – and she accomplished a lot. I have since read of many successful people who are members of the club too – everyone from Ted Turner to Gandhi.

When I was a young mom, home with 4 small children and trying to balance family with running a direct sales business and everything else in my life, there just weren’t enough hours in my day.   After reading about Mary Kay’s club I decided to join.  Yes – I decided to get up at 5:00 a.m. each morning.  The thing I was struggling with at the time was getting my exercise in each day so I went to the gym each morning at 5:00 a.m.

Now – I’m not going to lie – it was painful, very painful!  But I was determined to make exercise a part of my life and if 5:00 a.m. was the only time I could make it happen – I was going to do it.  I will tell you that it did get easier – not a lot easier – but easier to get up at that time each morning.

I continued the practice of the 5 O’clock Club for a lot of years – sometimes using it to get my exercise in or other times using it to get up and work on projects I needed to accomplish.

As my children got older though and were gone all day to school I stopped being a member of the 5 O’clock Club.  Maybe it was because I had more time to myself during the day to get things done or maybe I just got lazy!  I have found that the busyness of life has it’s ebbs and flows – some seasons are crazy busy and others are just busy.

We are entering one of those crazy busy seasons for the next few months with sweet high school daughter getting to graduate and wanting to be involved in as many things as she possibly can and I want to be right there to enjoy it all too.  I have a list a mile long of all the things I want to accomplish before graduation (including her scrapbooks!)

Several weeks ago I shared with you one of my goals for my Forty Days of Fanatical Focus – completing her scrapbooks  (family goal) and increasing my exercise program. (health goal)

This week it was time to add in Focus Goal #3 – my spiritual goal.  In order to accomplish this goal I am once again joining the 5 O’clock Club – with one slight modification – it is now the 6 O’clock Club!

For the last week I have been getting up at 6:00 a.m. each morning (this is a half hour earlier than normal) to spend quiet time reading my scriptures, pondering and working on a new assignment I have been given at church.  I have been asked to be a Destiny Leader for our church girl’s camp this summer.  Destiny is the “spiritual” part of camp – each day the girls go to Destiny to be spiritually feed and uplifted.  In order to prepare myself for this responsibility I knew I needed to take time each day between now and then to prepare what I would say and share with the girls.

Being 17 years older than I was when I first joined the 5 O’clock Club I didn’t want to shock the old system too much so I decided to start getting up at 6 a.m. for a week and then this week it will be 5:45 a.m. and then I’ll push it to 5:30 a.m. the next week (So I guess it will be the 5:30 club eventually!)

I have loved this extra pocket of time each morning.  It sets a wonderful tone for the rest of my day and is helping me to find the time I need to prepare for my new assignment.

Is there some project you have been putting off?  Are you finding the time in your day for all the things that are important to you?  If not – you might want to give the Five O’clock Club – or maybe the Six O’clock Club – the more members the better!

Let me know if you join and what you are using the time to focus on and accomplish.

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. says

    Okay……so what time do you go to bed? With teenagers still at home, I can’t imagine that you get to bed very early. I find that if I stay up until 1:00 am, or so, I get a lot done. Sometimes I find myself sitting at the computer reading ALL of your links, etc.. I usually get up around 6:30 or 7:00, as my body just doesn’t seem to need more than 6-6 1/2 hours of sleep. If I go to bed earlier than I do, I am up too early for me, and then I find myself wanting a nap in the afternoon. Just curious. What works for one doesn’t work for another. You are amazing…..however you do it.

  2. says

    Jeanette,

    I am and have always been a morning person. I am usually in bed by 11:00 p.m. and am pretty much useless after 10:00 p.m. I have trained my teenagers to come in and kiss me goodnight when they get in, before they go to bed. I learned this trick from my mother-in-law who did the same thing believing they wouldn’t do anything (smoke, drink, etc.) they shouldn’t knowing they would have to kiss their mother good night!

    If the late night time areas work for you and you can get a lot done – go for it! The key is to find that extra hour or so where no one else is around to distract you!

  3. Elisa says

    I used to do the same thing! I found that getting up early was the only time I could get to the gym, so I’d get up at 5:15, go, work out, and be home by 6:30. Hop in the shower and by the time I got out it was time to get the kids up and I felt like I had already accomplished so much!

    But over the past year I stopped going to the gym and I’ve been sleeping until 7:00-7:30 (we go to bed around 10:00 since hubby has to leave for work at 6:10am). I know I was getting too much sleep, I felt so tired every day. I do my best when I get 7 hours of sleep.

    In the past month or so I’ve started getting up at 6:15 and it really does make quite a difference in your whole outlook for the day- giving you that quiet time, some peace before the morning chaos. This weekend I woke up at 5:30 both mornings- my brain automatically turns on and there’s no going back to sleep for me! So I had two extra hours both mornings before the kids got up…

    I’m a believer in the 5 o’clock club and highly recommend it to anyone who is feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Sounds crazy to get one (or two!) less hours of sleep, but the feeling you get at 8:00 when you realize how much you’ve accomplished is SOOO worth it!

  4. Elisa says

    I thought I’d add….for some reason it feels better to get that extra hour in the morning, vs getting that hour at night by going to bed later than usual. I believe you are more productive in those early hours…

  5. says

    I just found your blog through a friend that knows someone related to you…can’t remember all the ins and outs of that, but anyway I just had to comment on this one. My running partner and I just finally joined the 5:15 club. (5:00 is waaaaaay too early ; )!) After months of trying to foist our kids off on someone, or going late at night, we just came to the conclusion that early morning is the most logical time to run. And as painful as it is to get out of bed that early, I find that I love the kick start it gives my day. My 9 month old is frequently awake by the time I get back at 6:30, so I get to have snuggle time just with her before the other kids wake up. Now, if I could just get my night owl side to chill out so I could get in bed before 11 life would be great.

    P.S. – I’m drooling all over your recipes. The cream cheese lemon bars are high on the list to make very, very soon.

  6. says

    This is so cool… I wrote a post about this 5 o’clock club a little while ago, too: http://racheljensen.net/blog/?p=31. I love waking up early to get extra things done before the kids get up.

    There is also a link in that same post to a spreadsheet I adapted called the “Weekly Plan Sheet.” It helps SO MUCH to look at your ideal week at a glance… to see how much time you really do have in a week (especially if you join this club! :o)

  7. says

    Hello!

    I just read this post today even though it is quite some time after you actually posted it. I was trying to do a little research on the 5 o’clock club and found it. I am very interested in doing something similar for myself. I hope that it all worked out for you!

  8. says

    I too read about this 5 o’clock club a long time back . This is a time to rejuvenate and refocus. This is a very auspicious time to meditate for the mind is very awake, alert and aware. This is when ones transformation begins.

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