How many times do you hit the snooze button every morning? Are you a 10 minute, 20 minute or extra hour kinda guy? And how do you feel when you finally crawl from your pit? How does it set you up for the day? You might want to try getting up earlier – the benefits may surprise you.
And yes, I know, one of the great things about being your own boss is you get to throw away your alarm clock and spend all day in your PJs if you want.
Which is all very well, but…
If you want to live a rich and meaningful life – by which I mean have loads of money and really enjoy yourself – lounging around all day isn’t going to get you there.
You need to look after yourself better. And for the loads of money bit – well you need to get some work done too!
So here’s how to feel a whole lot better about yourself and get a lot more done, with just an extra hour a day.
The benefits of getting up early
1 Peace and quiet
There’s something special about getting up earlier – before the rest of the world. It’s quiet, for one. No traffic. No screaming kids. No interruptions. No phone calls. No TV noise.
You may not notice most of these things until you get up at 5 or 6am and they’re not there!
If you need to get work done, or just like to have time to collect your thoughts, it’s much easier while everyone else is still sleeping.
2 Self Mastery
If you can’t even get out of bed on time, how do you hope to accomplish anything in your day?
Rise early and there’s nothing like it for a boost to your willpower and resolve.
When you get up early, just because you decided to, you’re on a winner already. You’re set up for an awesome day. Give yourself a positive start and it’s amazing how much more you can achieve.
3 Get a Head Start
Do you have important things to do? Work to get done. Things you need to get ready for the day?
Even if it’s just preparing your lunch or doing the dishes from last night!
Getting something off your To Do list early in the day, especially if it’s actually important or urgent, will give you not only a head start, but also free up your mind and decrease your stress.
4 Increased Productivity
You have to try this to make any sense of it, but when you get an early start you’re very often a whole lot more productive the entire day.
Most likely it’s to do with getting a head start. With important things done first thing you’ll have a clearer mind, which is always good for getting more done.
Shift that cloud of Things I Must Do that hangs over you and free yourself for a useful and productive day.
5 Less Stress
How does it feel when you wait until the last minute before getting up, do everything in a rush and arrive just in time if you’re lucky?
Don’t tell me you thrive on the stress or need the adrenaline. NO. No you don’t. It’s not big or clever and, unless you’re actually being chased by a tiger, you don’t need it!
Work quickly and efficiently by all means but trust me, life becomes a lot more enjoyable when you give yourself ENOUGH time.
Are you one of those people who says they don’t have time to exercise? You know you should do it. You know the benefits. But there just isn’t time. Well guess what.
Now there is! When you get up early there’s plenty of time.
Do you skip breakfast? Either there isn’t time because you got up late and you’re rushing not to be late, or maybe you just don’t feel like eating first thing.
When you get up earlier, and especially if you do some exercise first thing, you will feel like eating.
And you’ll have time. Time for a proper breakfast – and time to sit down and enjoy it at a leisurely pace. It makes a difference.
8 Sleep Better
Have you heard that you should always go to bed at the same time so you sleep better? Have you tried it?
No, doesn’t work for me either! Just doesn’t fit with my lifestyle. Getting up at the same, early, time works a lot better though.
Get up earlier every day and your body will thank you by settling into a natural, peaceful rhythm. You may naturally go to bed earlier sometimes, but you’ll definitely sleep better.
Sunrises! I love sunrises. I love the way the pinky orange glow of dawn gradually fills the sky, and the sound of the birds waking up.
When was the last time you saw the sun rise? And I’m not talking about the end of an all-nighter!
You get to see a lot more sunrises when you rise early yourself. It’s worth it.
How To Get Up Earlier
Try this: make a 30 day experiment of it. Commit to getting up early every day, for the next 30 days, and see how you like it. Don’t judge it after the first week – do the full 30 days!
- Get up at least one hour earlier than you need to
- Go for 6am, or even 5am if your schedule allows
- Have a morning routine: E.g. Exercise – important tasks – breakfast
- Do something you enjoy – you’ll look forward to getting up for it
- Go to bed earlier only if you feel you need to – listen to your body
- Drink water before bed – you’ll have to get up early to pee!
So there it is. You going to try it?
Just 30 days. After that you can go back to being a sloth if you want to.
But you might find getting an awesome start to your day actually works for you.
Pull out your phone.
Set the alarm.
I dare you!
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