It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. –Aristotle
Do you usually feel tired throughout the day? Would you like more personal time? Do you have more things to do than time to do them? Lets solve these problems by answering one tiny question…
When do you wake up?
It took me 24 years to become a so-called “morning person”, so I’ll be the first to admit that morning people are created not born. I can also say with complete confidence that rising early is my most powerful habit. I unlocked 3 hours of productive free time that I get to use every day to transform my life. Once you get over the withdraw period of sleeping-in (3 weeks or so) and get a taste of this new way of life, you’ll be hooked!
The most obvious benefit is an increase in life’s most valuable commodity, time. If you normally roll out of bed around 8 am, a 5 am rise would result in 3 extra hours. 3 hours a day equals 21 hours a week. It also equals 1095 hours a year, which is over 2 months worth of 16 hour days spent awake. What would you do with 2 extra months each year? If you live for 30 more years, what would you do with 5 extra years of life?
Once the daily habit kicks in, you will notice that these peak hours are your most productive. During these hours you have an entire day to look forward to (motivation) and work/life hasn’t worn you out yet. Give yourself (not your boss) the prime hours of each day and not just the crummy hours at the end of it when you’re already exhausted.
The way you spend the first few hours sets the stage for how you’ll spend the rest of the day. If you start your day productively, the rest of the day will follow suit. Instead of spending your day dreading the things you have to do, spend it feeling accomplished over what you’ve already done. This will result in lower anxiety, higher confidence, and a positive outlook.