What would you do if you had one extra hour every day to spend as you like? If you think about it, you will realize that you could easily trade one hour of unproductive TV watching in the evening for a productive hour in the morning. You are basically just sleeping through your extra hour.
Waking up one hour earlier results in more than 15 extra days in a year. What could you accomplish in two extra weeks every year?
And if the extra time is not enough of a reason for you to get up earlier here are a few more benefits of waking up early.
#1 It Improves The Quality Of Your Sleep
If you get up at 6 AM every morning you need a consistent sleeping routine. You will probably want to go to bed at 9 or 10 PM. Waking up at the same time every day establishes a routine for your inner clock.
It will become easier for you to fall asleep early and easier to rise early. After a week of getting used to the new times it will become your natural rhythm. Taking the first step is hard, the rest is smooth sailing.
You should not break your sleeping routine on the weekends, either. It harms your body because it breaks the routine. The quality of your sleep will not improve if you don´t establish a habit of getting up early, no matter the day.
#2 It Gives You An Edge Over Your Competitors
Doing creative work first thing in the morning can drastically improve the quality of your work because your brain is not exhausted from a long day at work. A sleeping routine will help you feel better and enhances your productivity in the morning.
If you wake up early you get more done in a day. While your competitors are still sleeping you are already working on your goals.
Early mornings are the best time for work because there are less distractions which makes you work even more efficiently. Less distractions also mean that this is a great time for thinking, setting goals and practicing your affirmations.
Embrace the quiet hours of the early morning, laughing about your competition snoozing. You will have gotten your work done before they even wake up.
#3 The Gym Is Empty Early In The Morning
Every superhero needs to take care of their body. That includes daily exercise.
Working out first thing in the morning comes with another set of great benefits. After waking up your willpower is not depleted so you are less likely to be tempted to skip the workout. Few people go to the gym that early. You will not only look like health nut if you show up early you also won´t have to wait for a free squat rack.
Even Captain America goes for a run first thing in the morning. And while you, fellow superhero, don´t need to run a marathon every single morning, you should at least reap the other benefits of an early morning workout.
Taking a cold shower afterwards is the best way to start a day of productivity.
But how do you wake up earlier every morning?
Of course you can just set your alarm to 6 AM but I promise you that tomorrow you will be very tired.
A better way is to just wake up five minutes earlier every day. Five minutes don´t make a huge difference at first but over the course of two weeks you will accomplish your goal and gain the benefits of an extra hour.
If you want to wake up even earlier just continue waking up five minutes earlier until you have reached your desired time to wake up. If five minutes still take a strain on your body, try waking up three minutes earlier. Even tiny progress is better than no progress.
And before you start always remember: Early to bed and early to rise makes a superhero healthy, wealthy and wise.