People often link early risers to life success. Blogger Eghosa Aihie has been waking up at 6 a.m. for two years now, and he claims that the habit has changed his life.
Here are six reasons that from Eghosa that should motivate you to wake up earlier. Maybe we’ll manage to become early birds soon — we can but dream!
1. You’ll have time to discover the hidden you
Many people don’t achieve their goals just because of a lack of focus. It’s easy to get distracted from your life goals throughout the day if you don’t start it thinking about what you have to do urgently.
As is well known, our brain works more effectively during the first half of the day. Use this time to take your life under control and don’t let your emotions rule.
2. You’ll have time to schedule your day
Early birds have the opportunity to plan their day in advance before going to work. The earlier you have your day’s plan done, the more effectively and productively you’ll spend the time.
It’s counterproductive to map out your next day in the evening. Drawing up plans is not the best idea when your brain has gone stale and can only think about getting rest.
3. Morning is a perfect time to work on self-improvement
Who said you have to rush to the office straight after waking up? Many people complain that they don’t have enough time for family, entertainment or the gym.
If you’re awake at 6 in the morning, you’ll have a couple of hours to get to the gym before the workday starts. When you work out in the mornings, your body is sated with endorphins. These are hormones that are discharged during physical activity and give us a feeling of joy and euphoria. The endorphins you get in the morning are usually enough to make you energetic and cheerful for the rest of the day.
4. You’ll start eating breakfast
Throughout your life, you often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you are awake a couple hours before going to work, you won’t miss it.
A study by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that the habit to have a full breakfast has an extremely important positive meaning for your health. Just as your car needs gas to go, your body needs food to function properly, especially in the mornings.
5. Successful people already do so!
A New York Magazine article about Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, said that he starts his day at 5:30 a.m. Dorsey uses this time before the workday for meditation and a 10-kilometer run.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, starts answering his partners’ e-mails at 4:30 every morning.
Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, is also an early morning enthusiast. In his interviews with Business Insider, he said that he wakes up at 5:45 a.m. and gets to work right away. He works first at his computer, and then he eats breakfast.
6. You’ll be two steps ahead of everyone
As researchers show, the habit of waking up early can help you unleash your creative potential. Moreover, it develops your confidence: you start to work while all your competitors are asleep.
I’ve learned to settle the most unpleasant matters before 8 a.m. This habit allows me to live the whole day after that with a high level of energy and the feeling that my duty has been done. The habit of doing the uncomfortable things early in the morning reduces my levels of stress and anxiety.
Also, if you can train yourself to wake up two and a half hours earlier than usual, you get the benefit of 150 extra minutes per day, which is 17 and a half hours per week, more than 70 hours per month, and 840 hours per year. The choice is yours.