I always used to be a morning person. I considered myself to be an early riser…8am hehe. but as time progressed I’ve realized I have more and more tasks to do during the day and night. Tasks were not completed and I felt overwhelmed trying to catch up with everything. by the end of the week, I was tired and the important stuff still not yet done.
Science says that adults require 7 hours of a day of sleep in order to retain information. It also helps improve memory function. As I was reading up on entrepreneurs I found a familiar pattern…most successful people start up early in the morning. Michelle Obama wakes up at 4:30 am. Tim Cook, CEO of App wakes up at 4am. PepsiCo. CEO, Indra Nooyi wakes up at 4am. If I continue on this journey…I’m in good company.
Why wake up early? To get stuff done. Stuff that you’ve been procrastinating on that you know is important. Stuff that has been weighing on your mind. Stuff that is important to your growth, wellness, and development.
Benefits of waking up early?
You get an additional 16 hours to your day. Attacking the day on my own terms has given me more sense of control.
#Tip1-Go to Bed Early. In the beginning, it felt weird sleeping early but I now look forward to it because it means I will wake up early and fresh ready to do the things that are important to me.
#Tip2-Wake up with a purpose…accomplish something straight away whether it is doing 50 pushups or making your bed. It sets the tone and motivates you to keep going. this has helped me stay motivated to wake up. I have a list of things that I’m focusing on that when I do in the morning-write a blog post, yoga, read the Bible, work on a marketing strategy, developing a sales plan, etc
#Tip3-Go to sleep well. Take a shower to relax, do some yoga to stretch out your muscles, get digital-free and Netflix-free. If you are like me, I close the night out sometimes in “Netflix and chill mode” I then fall asleep…bad idea. I always not end up having a complete REM cycle sleep and end up procrastinating. Going to s
#Tip4-Set alarm on your phone and put phone quite a distance from the bed. By the time I reach my phone, it’s too late. I’m already awake.
#Tip5-Progress slowly. Start off slowly…before I was used to waking up at 630am but my target was to wake up at 4 am, exercise, work on a project, get dressed and be on the road at 630am to avoid traffic. I start first by waking up by 515am for two weeks. After that, I worked on waking up at 4am.
Waking up early has enabled me to play offense-instead of being reactive to emails, meetings, calls, I get a headstart before obligations and distractions arise. It gives me a sense of control early in the morning. The quiet time has been where my best planning, ideas come up. Waking up early sets up a chain reaction of positive behavior during the day. I think it’s because I’m not trying to rush in order to avoid the traffic. I’m motivated to focusing, being task-oriented and having more followthrough when I wake up early and focus on myself first.