It’s a time of day that many don’t have the chance to see. The sun hasn’t risen yet, the streets are still dark and you can have your pick of parking on Braddon’s Lonsdale Street.
The latter of which is just first in a list of benefits this group of ambitious Canberrans experience when they descend on Eighty/Twenty Food before the rest of us get the chance to snooze the alarm.
But what could possibly have someone out of bed before the crack of dawn? The 5.30 Club.
Originally starting in a Cronulla cafe with two friends who wanted to get a headstart on the day with some spiritual reading, the club was then brought to Canberra in January by Emily Davidson, with others popping up in other parts of Sydney, Wollongong, Queensland and Melbourne.
“For quite a while I wanted to be a morning person but I didn’t have a way to get into the habit, basically,” she said.
“When I saw The 5.30 Club in Sydney had started up, I just thought perfect – this is my avenue. And it’s been really good.
“I feel like it’s just been something that I can come to and meet people instead of trying to do it on my own. I think that was the struggle before – I didn’t have that accountability. Now I know that at 6 o’clock there’s going to be people there waiting for me.”
Armed with their laptops, notebooks, pens and books – as well as a toy llama named Kuzco to help identify the group for new members – The 5.30 Club meets every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for what they call an hour of power.
- SUBSCRIBER: APS working from home experiment boosted productivity: report
- Canberra’s best ‘coffices’: cafes that welcome both you and your laptop
- 3am cravings? Head to Kita, a cafe for night owls
There’s no agenda. There’s no group goal. Members don’t even have to tell each other what they plan on doing with their time. It’s just a reason to get someone out of bed to be productive.
“The hour of power can honestly be whatever you want it to be and that’s what I like about it. You can just use the time for whatever you want to get done that day,” Davidson says.
The Canberra founder uses the time to write an e-book about the fundamentals of portraiture for her photography business, Emily Davidson Photography.
The 5.30 Club regular Jess Lyon is a university student so spends the time studying so that she can have a guilt-free nap in the middle of the day, following her lectures.
Former Brumbies and Wallabies player, Ben Alexander uses the time to catch up on work before his kids wake up in the morning.
“My mother actually sent me an article about it being in Sydney and I figured I would come along to the Canberra one because I tend to work in the mornings,” he says.
“It’s targeted to people that are awake at this hour, but I just know it’s going to be a good morning if I’m doing some exercise and getting some work done early.”
But aside from motivating people before the sun rises, the group is also a chance for social interaction with people from different walks of life. According to Davidson, that’s one of the main benefits – albeit an unexpected one – of the group.
“The connections that you form and that social aspect forming as well, I think that can be uplifting,” she said.
“You leave The 5.30 Club and realise it’s just a nice way to start the day instead of just kind of rushing out the door on the way to work.
“It doesn’t matter what walk of life people are from, we’d love to have them here. We have this really lovely lady that comes here that has taken care of another member’s dog a couple of times and it all came about because of the club. It’s the most lovely thing.”
The 5.30 Club meets at Eighty/Twenty Food at 6am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The club is free and new members only need to look for the toy llama.
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:
- Bookmark canberratimes.com.au
- Download our app
- Make sure you are signed up for our breaking and regular headlines newsletters
- Follow us on Twitter
- Follow us on Instagram
Thank you for dropping in to My Local Pages and reading this article about “What’s On in Canberra” called ”
Canberra’s 5.30 Club: The benefits of productive work before sunrise
“. This news article was presented by MyLocalPages Australia as part of our local stories aggregator services.
#Canberras #Club #benefits #productive #work #sunrise