The Snooze Button. Our greatest enemy. It’s worse than the most addictive drug. Who doesn’t love smacking that alarm for a few more sound moments of sleep in the morning? That said, were you aware of the negative side effects of not being an early riser? When you don’t wake up early, you lose out on all the benefits in store for those of us that choose to start our morning earlier than most.
So what? I feel better throughout my day by getting more sleep. Of course you do, as you should. But, what if I told you that you can still get the same amount of sleep desired, and still get up earlier than before? Yes, it’s that simple. Go to bed earlier. Wow, who would’ve thought. Still not convinced getting up early is right for you?
Well, let’s take a look at 5 Benefits to Being an Early Riser.
Productivity - Waking up early allows you more time in your day to get stuff done before the day becomes too busy. What is that task you can complete at ANY time of the day that yesterday you said tomorrow to? Get it done early, before the kids are up, before the spouse is asking for your attention, before the sales calls come rolling in, before the emails start flooding your inbox. Take time in the morning to get that stuff done!
Appreciation - When was the last time you truly took a moment to look at nature, and appreciate things outside of yourself? It may sound a bit like a hippie, but when was the last time you looked at a sunrise? The refreshing feeling of seeing that giant mass of sunlight peek over the clouds is a sight for sore eyes. You’re going to spend the majority of the day looking at light from a computer and cell phone screen, take some time to look at life through nature’s lense. I guarantee your mental state will find peace throughout your busy day having seen the sun rise at least twice a week.
Preparation - Do you know that your brain has a daily capacity level? When you rush around in the morning to be prepared, or on time for your day, you waste 90% more capacity than if you had slowed down, and gave your brain the appropriate amount of time to process. For example, let’s say that from the moment you wake up to the moment you get to work, you expend 15% of your brain’s daily capacity. When you run behind and rush around, you find yourself exasperating 90% more of that 15% than you should have. This now gives you a running total of 28.5% of your daily brain capacity dedicated to your morning routine as opposed to the normal 15% you could’ve gotten away with spending, had you been better prepared. Getting up earlier allows you to dedicate more of your time to those things that put you behind your normal day.
Exercise - Why don’t people exercise as much as they should? Most people just don’t have time. Less than 10% of the nation is up before 5AM. So yes, if you are like most people you won’t have the time, mostly in part because of your lack of time in the day. Getting up early allows you to make more time in your day, thus solving for not having time to workout. What if it’s not enough time to do a full workout though? Anywhere from 30-45 minutes a day is more than enough time to perform a workout valuable enough to stay in shape. Not much of a runner? Gym too far away? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, home workouts have become more accessible and common than ever before! Using your own body weight is a great way to move! You just have to know where to look, and commit the time.
Breakfast - That’s right. The most important meal of the day. Most Americans skip it, or sacrifice the quality of their meal for something quick and cheap. Waking up earlier allows you to prepare yourself a nutritious first meal. You may even find yourself with enough time to pack a delicious and healthy lunch as well! Why run out the door and spend $20 a day on breakfast and lunch when choosing an early start to your day could cut your expenses and your waistline?
Tips to Becoming an Early Riser
Slow and Steady Wins the Race - Are you currently getting up at 7AM? No need to get up at 4:45AM tomorrow. Start with 6:45 for a week, then move down in 15 minute increments until you meet your desired goal.
1, 2, 3 - Before you shut your alarm off, toss off your covers, count to 3, and step out of bed. Once you have completed the action of getting out of bed, you are more prone to STAY out of bed. It’s that warm cuddly feeling under those covers in that soft bed that make one feel no need to budge. A cold floor in your jammies makes the offer of jumping in a shower much more enticing.
Go to Bed Earlier - This is just common sense, but we still feel the need to say it.
Have a Plan - Don’t just get up for the sake of getting up. Have a goal. For instance say to yourself, in my first week of getting up 15 minutes earlier I want to have a cup of coffee sit outside with nature. Then next week when you have an additional 15 minutes maybe you use your full half hour to exercise. The following week you allot another 15 minutes for a total of 45 minutes, and continue your 15 minute cup of nature coffee with your 30 minute exercise. Build your morning routine in blocks, switch some out, replace them with others, bring them back, measure them, and see what works!
Don’t Give Up - It’s hard to get going, but once the going is strong your life will change. Make this a priority for the next 3 months. It may sound like a long road, but the rest of your life you will be reaping the rewards of becoming an early riser.
We hope you find the information provided useful. Our entire team has been utilizing The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and following the approach meticulously. If you need a good jumping off point, we suggest trying it out. Don’t forget to click on our Blog Page for more helpful information and strategy!