For many of us, waking up early in the morning is perceived to be the most challenging task of the day, especially when it is a Monday. The benefits of being an early riser eluded me, especially in university when I was burning the midnight oil to get my assignments done and catch up with the syllabus.
Once I have graduated and landed my first full-time job, I started to recognise the benefits of being an early bird. Furthermore, it has become a daily habit of mine because I discovered that it truly helped me become a better version of myself than I was before. Here is how:
1. I did not need to race against the clock.
“Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good.”Jeff Bezos
Waking up before sunrise means I can take my time going through my morning routine without ever feeling like I am running out of time. I can comfortably squeeze a 30-minute HIIT workout that will make me sweat buckets onto my yoga mat. I could avoid the pain of choking on my own delicious breakfast by taking my sweet time consuming it. Also, because I am not rushing to leave the house, I could enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate without burning my taste buds.
Being a morning person grants you a comfortable cushion of time to complete self-care activities before making your way to the exit. In addition, having a sense of readiness to own the day provides you with a firm platform from which to develop and permits you to give your all when you are engaged in productive work.
Producing quality work and presenting your best self will help tremendously when it comes to impression management. When people observe you as a confident and active person, they want to be part of your circle. And I guess this is an aspect of life not many people understand: you do not go after friends; you attract them by being your best self.
2. I was able to get more done in the same amount of time.
Being an early riser means I can inch my way toward completing objectives along with the tasks I had to complete each day. When I took a moment to self-reflect, I learned that I was able to complete more work than I had initially thought, whether that meant finishing my homework punctually in college or running small errands such as shopping for groceries.
This revelation that I can actually get more done in a day injected into me an extra dose of achievement at the day’s end. Truth be told, no one likes to feel that they did not make good use of the day.
Even if you have a couple of minutes to spare daily, a small amount of effort daily can mean something big in the future. That is the effect of compounding interest, by the way.
3. It changed my mindset for the better.
I am not going to lie, I love sleeping in, especially when I do not have morning errands to run, and my body feels achy from the workout that I did the previous morning. However, waking up way beyond sunrise makes me feel as though the weekend is here when in fact, I am still battling the weekday. Even if it was a small routine such as cooking an omelette for breakfast or making a cup of hot coffee, doing little things I would typically do during the weekdays put me in the right mindset.
“The first step to win yourself is wake up early”Sukant Ratnakar
Now, it is worth noting that not everyone will benefit from the advice above. The reason being everyone is different in their opinions, understandings, and personalities. But then again, being a morning person can help you set your mindset right, especially if you enjoy having a fixed routine or structure in your life. Performing the small tasks to change your mindset for the better, even if it does not add significant value to your life, like getting out of bed before sunrise, can help you get ready to complete more work during a 24-hour period, regardless of the goal’s magnitude.
No amount of words can express just how crucial it is to have a positive mindset in all aspects of your life. Your mind can be your most loyal ally or your worst nemesis. As someone who suffers from the effects of overthinking from time to time, I learned that having an optimistic mindset has a lasting impact on both my personal and professional life.
Final 2¢: It takes time.
Trust me when I tell you there is no one who would rather say this less than I do, but it requires patience. Specifically, it takes time to get used to the practice of waking up early in the morning. You cannot make that change overnight. Instead, you must come up with several supplementary habits to help get you into the lifestyle of a morning person. Here are some tips to help you get the ball rolling:
- Deliberately wind down earlier than you usually do–which means storing your electronic devices away two hours before your bedtime.
- Come up with a bedtime routine that you can consistently follow.
- Get an alarm clock that compels you to wake up.
Understandably, rising early and resisting the urge to hit the snooze button can be difficult. However, I assure you that once you get comfortable with the habit, knowing that you have seized the day even before it begins and developed self-discipline for life, it will feel like life has given you a sacred gift.