I know this would sound crazy to my teenage self, but as you get older and more involved in creating the life you want, waking up earlier becomes something that you want to do. It becomes a habit that you strive to create as you contemplate your life and time and what you are doing with them. It doesn’t seem like we have as much time as we did when we were young and slept in each day. Now, we have things to do and only so many hours to do them!
Waking Up Earlier Is Beneficial For Your Work Productivity
It’s obvious. A huge benefit of waking up earlier is that it adds more productive hours into your day. When you get up two hours earlier, you can use that time to do things that impact your work life in a big way, and you will feel like you got more done at the end of the day.
Moreover, according to Forbes, early risers have a bunch of advantages for productivity, including:
- Being able to anticipate problems and minimize them.
- More proactive.
- Better organizational and goal-setting skills.
- Better mood and more energy.
- Increased positive attitude.
- More in tune with the earth’s circadian rhythms, which helps you sleep better.
Waking Up Earlier Can Also Impact Your Personal Time Positively
If you don’t feel like waking up earlier to pack more work productivity in your life, then try to view it as a way to pack more personal productivity into your life. That may be the motivator that helps you get up earlier and start using your morning hours to knock things off your work and to-do lists.
For instance, Greg DiVilbiss, from Accendo Marketing, says that when it came to productivity, he was definitely guilty of having a bad habit of waking up too late in the morning and it was affecting his family time.
One of the things that was holding me back was waking up too late in the morning. This caused me to have to try and cram more into my day, and when it was family time I was still busy.
Sleeping later was preventing me from getting more done in a day and creating stress that I could never get caught up with all that I had to do. There was never enough time.
I decided to wake up earlier. The way I did this was to set a gentle alarm. I used an app called timely – this would play some music and would wake me out of my sleep. At first I would hit the snooze and go back to sleep. But after a while I started to stay awake. One of the ways I did that was when the alarm would go off I would put a business podcast on and listen to that until I was ready to get up.
After a period of time I was able to start waking up at 5:00 AM. I now get out of bed and do a 30-minute meditation, then I head to the gym for an hour workout. When I get back, I listen to a training program at 7. The rest of the house gets up, I make breakfast, and I have saved two hours that I used to not have in the evening.
Get Excited About Getting Out Of Bed Earlier
When I was young, I used to get excited about sleeping in. Even if I gave myself an extra 15 minutes, I would giggle like a little kid and pull the covers back over my head knowing I was getting some extra sleep. Now, I get excited about getting up earlier.
For me, the fact that I get to do my morning routine before I have to work is exciting. I enjoy getting up and doing things that matter to me and impact me in a positive way, and I’m excited about certain things in my morning routine and how they make me feel.
I’m also a huge lover of astronomy and enjoy a good meteor shower. So, if a meteor shower is happening, I want to get out of bed early and go for a walk in the dark where I may catch some meteors.
But meteors may not work for you.
For you, it may be about:
- Getting to spend more time with your loved ones.
- Waking up and getting out into nature before your whole city or town wakes up.
- Getting to spend some play or walk time with your dogs before you go to work.
- Working out first thing and getting it out of the way for the day.
Find a reason for waking up earlier that excites you and it will be much easier to get up and get going.
Wake Up And Stay Up
Greg mentioned something that may work for a lot of people. As you work towards building the habit of getting out of bed earlier, you may want to wake up and turn on something that will keep you awake.
For him, a business podcast kept his attention and kept him awake.
For you, a podcast about your favorite hobby or an audiobook on a subject you are interested in may help you wake up and stay up.
If you have a habit of falling back asleep, then get out of bed, brush your teeth, and then come back and listen to the podcast. This will give you some buffer time between waking up and listening to the podcast, and it will help you get out of that state of mind where falling back asleep comes too easy.
Waking Up Tired Goes Away
It’s important to mention that in the beginning, you are going to be tired when you try to get up earlier than you are used to, even if you are excited about waking up. That’s not an excuse to not build the habit of waking up earlier. It will get easier!
It may take a while, but once you get in the habit of waking up at the time you want to get up, you won’t wake up tired. It will be just as natural as getting out of bed at 9 am if that’s your current habit.
I wake up at 4:30 each morning without a struggle. I don’t need an alarm clock. I wake up and feel rested. If I get up 30 minutes earlier, though, I’m very tired. It goes to show you how much your habit of waking up at the same time, and your mindset about it, can do for you.