December 15, 2014 | In: Motivation
Mornings, oh mornings! Many people dread having to wake up early in the morning, or even just to wake up at all. We can all hear the alarm clock blaring but our body just won’t move and when it does, it is to hit the snooze button. You have the desire to wake up early but the struggle is real. How do you feel about waking up an hour earlier? While the very idea of waking up earlier than you are used to can seem painful, there are undeniable benefits once you do it consistently. Here are the top reasons why you should wake up an hour (or more) earlier:
You get a head start
When you choose to wake up at 5am, you are basically starting your day earlier than 99.9% of the world. This very idea can create a feel-good factor that can have psychological benefits that will last the rest of the day. If you are in business, this will inspire you to stay ahead so that you can preserve or maybe even widen the lead. This very psychological benefit will set you up for success for the remainder of the day.
You can have breakfast
Rise one hour earlier and you now have more time for breakfast. We know it’s probably the most important meal of your day. Without having breakfast, the body is functioning on fumes and soon you are so starving at lunch break that you feed on whatever junk you’ll find. However eat (good) breakfast, and you’re sated until later on.
You can become more productive
A good number of successful individuals are early risers. Since you are getting a head start, you will find that your productivity will soar because you have developed the habit of waking up early. As an early riser, you will get that dose of motivation that will enable you to get more things done and faster. On top of that, distractions are severely reduced when the rest of the world are still in bed, enabling you to focus on your work.
You will experience less stress
The way you lead your life the very first hour after you get out of bed sets the trend. Since you have more time, you won’t need to needlessly scramble just to get ready for work in an attempt not to be late. Basically, if you are an early riser, you will significantly lower your stress levels.
Don’t forget to connect with me on insights.wired.com to share with me some of your reasons for waking up early.
- David Pascht