If you’re a night owl you might be tempted to skip this article. You shouldn’t… And here’s why: waking up early will help you accomplish more during the day. It is an illusion that you may achieve just the same results as when you’re up till late. The amount might be the same but the quality won’t be.
So what are the benefits for morning risers?
1. Time to focus. Morning people praise having morning quiet time for such things as organization or planning out their days ahead. It is highly recommended for, say, business owners and managers. By the time your team shows up in the office, you’ll be done with all the main tasks and duties so you can be reachable to people who need you most throughout the day. Before 8 am you won’t be bothered by distractions such as e-mails, phone calls, questions from colleagues. You can focus and eat your “frog”.
2. Time to exercise. If you are constantly complaining about lack of time for your sport activities, you’ve got the solution. Wake up earlier and go to the gym or simply go jogging. Not only will you be more fit (and, most probably, lose weight in the long term) but you’ll also feel better and be more productive both at work and your private life.
3. Time to read. Grab your coffee/freshly squeezed juice and read daily news, check out your favorite blogs or write your own, answer e-mails, scroll Facebook feed etc. Knowing that you are up to date with everything that’s been going on and have accomplished so many tasks, will keep your mood boosted for the rest of the day. Btw, how about you try using the EveryDay app to help you manage your tasks? You will feel like an achiever, even if it these are just small tasks. Remember, they won’t keep you distracted later during the day and you won’t feel frustrated that you “never have time to read interesting articles and your to-do list gets longer and longer”.
4. Time for family and friends. Instead of bringing work home, you will be able to spend more quality time with your closest ones. You will notice how your days got longer because of a simple change.
Okay, but how to achieve that?
Waking up early is not an easy task to do, agreed. Nevertheless this can be developed through practice and correct preparation. Here’s a bunch of simple hints:
1. Start with an alarm clock. Two alarm clocks are better than one, though ;) The first alarm can be soft. It may prepare you for the second round, much louder and making you walk across the room to turn it off. BUT. Do not snooze your alarm and go back to sleep. This is a temptation to a wasteful morning.
2. Develop a positive attitude. Do something fun in the morning, something that will make you happy: read your favorite book, prepare scrumbled eggs, check your social media profiles, etc. This way you will get used to being excited about your day from the very morning.
3. Wake up at the same time every day. You will soon notice that your body begins the process of waking up long before your alarm clock starts ringing.
4. Sleep with the curtains half-open. It’s a simple magic trick that will make a difference. Try once, you’ll see.
4. Gradually go to sleep 10 minutes earlier every day until your goal time has been reached. The same applies to waking up.
Just so you know, Aristotle was already very convincing about waking up early: “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” :)