Across the country, entrepreneurs are realizing something that has been key to my success: Waking up early is a key to success.
Do you have what it takes to trade in your late-night hours to become the early bird who catches the worm in the morning? Let’s take a look at why it might be a decision worth checking out.
Who Are These People?
Well, these entrepreneurs are just like you and me – except they thrive in the morning hours when many of us would rather be sleeping. Here’s why they do it, in a nutshell:
- Demands tend to be less in the morning hours than later in the day
- There’s more willpower earlier in the day because you haven’t entered into fatigue yet
- The more difficult tasks can be completed before others wake up, setting a positive tone for the day
- The “before breakfast” part of the day is when it’s quiet enough to meditate, pray, set daily goals, plan, and overachieve as much as possible
Entrepreneurs who get started on their tasks at 4 or 5 a.m. versus 8 or 9 a.m., in theory, end up having more time in the day to accomplish all the needed tasks – many times without the fatigue and exhaustion that normally comes from a heavy workload. The jumpstart in the day is critical to overcoming obstacles and powering through the gridlock many others feel later in the work day.
Whether you’re the CEO for PepsiCo, Starbucks, Virgin, Apple, or a smaller unit, starting the day earlier than others is bound to get you ahead of the game.
Why It Works
Grab a cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage and get to work! That’s the goal of the early bird workout anyway! Some early bird entrepreneurs don’t even require caffeine to wake up early and get straight to the task. In fact, according to researchers, about 10 percent of us are born early birds – we’re just wired that way.
Part of the success stems from genetics and being “wired” a certain way, while another part comes from the art of being clutter-free. When your space is clean and clear, your focus improves. When your focus improves, your work benefits directly. And so does your health! According to the American Psychological Association, early bird sleep patterns lead to better health outcomes. Researchers from the University of Toronto concluded that early birds are actually healthier people!
It’s About Structure
Clinical Psychologist Linda Blair believes that lack of structure is the root cause for depression and anxiety. One must only wake up early, begin and maintain a routine and gain purpose and understanding to feel more capable of worldly decisions.
In addition to waking up early, early bird entrepreneurs are also known for keeping the following schedules to keep tip top shape of their minds and bodies (results may vary, of course):
- Drink plenty of water beginning when you wake and throughout the day to rehydrate
- Make your bed. Seriously. It’s proven to help productivity
- Don’t skip breakfast – power your start to the day with fruits and vegetables
- Enjoy a cup of antioxidant rich coffee or tea to boost your morning
- Bask in the quiet time – leave the noise for later in the day
Investing in yourself first every morning is the prime way to build your brand. Change your life now to become more successful starting in the wee hours of the morning.