Waking up earlier might seem like a daunting task but once you start doing it and experience the benefits, you’ll never go back snoozing your alarm ‘just one more time’ or rushing about in the morning.
Here’s some of the reasons why you should wake up early:
You’ll get some valuable “me” time
We lead busy lives and once you start the day you rarely get a chance to focus on yourself. Waking up early gives you the chance to look after yourself, even if only for a short period of time. But what to do with your “me” time? As soon as you wake up try meditating or moving with some gentle stretches, walking, going for a run or cycling. Your mind and body is fully recharged after a good night’s sleep so use your energy levels to increase your blood flow – exercise is much more enticing when you’re rested and less-stressed.
You are more proactive in the morning
Research has shown that early risers are more proactive so start your day on the front foot. Get up and crack on with any pressing items at work that need doing or any jobs around the house that you’ve been putting off. You’ll find you work more efficiently and what better way to kick off your day than being super-productive?
Our brain is more focused after a period of rest which increases our ability to retain information faster, so it’s the perfect time to increase your knowledge by reading or researching. Need to read up on your notes from a meeting? Perhaps you want to find out more about a competitor or client? Or maybe you just want to read the next chapter in your book – all of these can be done by getting up earlier in the morning. Continued education is a key ingredient for success and positive growth. Have we heard someone say knowledge is power?
To fill in your daily journal
Don’t have a daily journal? Now’s the time to start one. Whilst it might not be turned into a TV documentary, keeping a journal has plenty of other benefits. For example, it will keep your creative juices flowing and give you a cathartic release. Studies have found keeping a journal works wonders on your self-esteem, helping you to learn about yourself and grow as well. As we’ve already said, your mind is positively refreshed in the morning so it’s the best time to fill in your daily journal and it will prevent you from going with the motion of the day (more details in our next blog).
Organise your to-do list
Rather than wasting time later in the day trying to figure what you need to do, get up early and get it done first thing. This will give you a clear focus for the day and you’ll know what you’re trying to achieve. Better still, you might be able to take action and clear some of the smaller tasks on your list, giving you a sense of achievement before anyone else is up.
Now that we’ve told you about the benefits of waking up early, here’s 4 tips to get into the habit of waking up early:
Start by waking up 5 minutes earlier each week until you reach a reasonable time to suit your schedule, while allowing you to do some of the above.
Go to bed no later than 10.00pm each night. It’s as obvious as it seems, the earlier you go to bed the easier you’ll find it to get up earlier.
Try and wake up at the same time every morning. Choose a time and stick to it – your body doesn’t know Mondays or Saturdays, only your mind does.
Sneak in a power nap when you can, especially on days off.