How can you tell if someone is a morning person? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.
If you asked me a year ago if I was a morning person, I would’ve grumbled some obscenities and rolled back into bed regardless of if it was 7am or 1pm. Yet here we are, a year later and I’m writing a blog post about how awesome it is to not be asleep at five in the morning. My, how the times have changed.
So, why should you get up early? I’ll give you some insight into how it changed my days and if you aren’t convinced to give it a go, than please feel free to roll back over and continue to dream.
Everyone complains that they don’t have enough time in the day to do what they want. The usual suspects are starting a business, excercising, reading more, picking up a hobby etc. The real truth for most people is they have the time, they just decide to spend it watching Netflix or playing video games, which is perfectly fine, but don’t complain 6 months down the track when you haven’t come any closer to achieving your goals.
When you get up early you will find that a lot of this free time suddenly appears out of nowhere. It feels like for every hour earlier you wake up, another hour is added to your day. Why?
It is a lot easier to waste time at the end of a work day.
When you have finished your working day whether it be eight hours hunched over a desk or ten hours moving bricks, the last thing you want to do when you get home is think about how to maximise productivity. If you are anything like me, you most likely want to grab a beer, eat some food, watch TV then go to sleep.
When you wake up early, time seems a lot more precious and more of a shame to waste. It is also a lot easier to get motivated to work on yourself and work towards your own goals before you spend the majority of your day working on someone else's.
You will find that leaving for work isn’t a drag. Sure, I’d rather NOT put on pants and sit in an office for eight hours a day, but as Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Dem’s the breaks.”
Getting up early means no more rushing to get your shit together, no more dragging your sorry arse into the shower to wake up and no more screaming “WHY???” into your pillow as the alarm goes off. If you have been up since 5am you have already eaten, showered and spent some time working on something you love before you even have to put your pants on.
So you have always wanted to write a book, start a business or get fit, but every night you go to bed thinking, “I didn’t get any closer to my goals today, but tomorrow is the day!”
Guess fucking what.
Tomorrow will be exactly the same as today because you are going to bed at midnight after playing DOTA 2 for five hours straight.
You know what you could’ve done to change your life? Wake up an hour earlier, spend that time achieving your goals in the morning and THEN playing DOTA 2 for only four hours straight in the evening. You won’t miss that extra hour you usually spend playing games. You will see the benefit of using that hour to work towards something and you will go to bed with a feeling of accomplishment rather than a feeling of guilt and regret.
Don’t get me wrong, in the short term you will NOT feel very happy when the alarm goes off. The physical and mental battle to actually get out of bed before the sun is up SUCKS. However, it only sucks for about ten minutes, and longer you lie in bed wishing you were asleep just makes it suck for longer.
Once you are up, you are up. You can start the day fresh with a shower (with Urban Swagman's finest, of course!) and you will be trading the ten sucky minutes it takes to get out of bed for two extra hours of productivity, and that is very economically viable in terms of spending time.
A lot of people forget that work and productivity isn’t restricted only to the office. You can (and should) allocate some time in your day to work on yourself. It can sound a bit conceited or selfish, but really, you spend 8+hrs a day, five days a week dedicating your time and brainpower to making someone else richer.
Take some extra time in the morning to make yourself richer and you will start valuing your own time more. You will become a lot happier watching yourself improve and you will add a lot more value to your life as a result.
Now, where's my god-damned coffee...