Waking up early isn’t always easy, especially if you’re the kind of person that starts coming alive at 9 o’clock at night. But study after study has shown that getting up with the roosters has amazing benefits for our productivity. For example:
- It’s quiet. Our days are filled with distractions. Phones. Email. Well-meaning colleagues that stop by our desks and just won’t leave. At the end of the day, it’s a wonder we get anything done at all! When you get started early, most of your distractions are still in bed. It’s just you, the coffee pot, and whatever it is you’re working on.
- You have time to eat breakfast. Where’s the productivity booster in stopping what you’re doing so you can bolt a bowl of cereal? The point is, if you get an early start, you don’t have to worry about bolting anything. You have plenty of time for a proper breakfast-the kind that’s going to keep you going until lunch instead of falling prey to the mid-morning slump.
- Diurnal rhythms. We as a species are designed to wake with the sun and fall asleep when it’s dark. Yet with the help of coffee, 5 Hour Energy and a healthy dose of ambition, we’ve managed to convince our bodies to stay up around the clock. That leads to disturbed sleep patterns that leave you tired and groggy the next day. Who can get anything done when all you’re thinking about is your midafternoon snooze?
- You have time to exercise. With our days filled from sun up to sun down and every minute in between, who has time to exercise? When you get up early, you carve out a small portion of the day that can be filled with something other than your to-do list. Using this time to exercise will improve your body’s energy levels, raise your metabolic rate, and leave you feeling peppy enough to get through that one last meeting at the end of the day.
- You have time for you. Burnout is a HUGE contributor to poor productivity. If you have an endless running list of tasks in your head, you’re not giving your brain-or your body-the time it needs to take care of itself. The consequences of burnout can range from a slight decrease in productivity to professional suicide. Prevent burnout by taking advantage of an extra hour or two to meditate, read a book, write, or anything else that makes your heart happy and your stress levels disappear.
Marie Fincher, an editor at TrustMyPaper claims that she has been practicing writing Morning Pages for 31 days and has seen amazing changes in her productivity as well as in her perspective in life.
- Stay calm. I don’t know about you, but when I start the day in a rush I end up feeling rushed for the rest of the day. It doesn’t matter if the rest of my day is flawlessly on schedule. It still feels like I’m two steps behind the eight balls. I’m too busy trying to focus on getting everything done that I’m not giving the task at hand my full attention, and it ends up either taking longer than it should have or not being as well turned out as it could have been. Stay calm, relax, and make the most of your time.
- For many people, the morning is the most productive time of day. Studies have shown that many creative people tend to be more productive in the morning. You’re freshly rested, your brain has had all night to turn over ideas, and you’re ready to go. Take advantage of your peak productivity times!
- A wheel in motion stays in motion. Even if the morning isn’t necessarily your MOST productive time, if you get up early and get started it’s going to be easier for you to keep going for the rest of the day. Physics. Make it work for you.
- Beat rush hour. This is my favorite perk of rising early. I’ve never met a soul in my life that enjoyed getting stuck in rush hour traffic. If you get up early, you can be on the road while most people are still snoozing and enjoy the leisurely ride to work you deserve. You’ll arrive at work on time, relaxed, and ready to start your day.
Not everyone is an early bird by nature, but with a little bit of practice, you can become one. Unlock the productivity potential that’s been hiding in your morning!