Wish to get more done? Get up earlier.
As Ben Franklin said, “Early to bed and early to increase, makes a man healthy, wise and rich.” Ole’ Ben was no fool.
What was true in his day is still real today. It’s probably truer than ever, considering all we’re anticipated to do and all the distractions we have to conquer.
I believe getting up early might be the worst-kept “secret” of extremely reliable people. Practically every story you check out an effective company person cites it as one of their routines.
Why get up early? The earlier you get “up and at ’em,” the longer you need to get things done before the nosy and noisy crowds push in. Mornings are peaceful, devoid of ringing phones, pager beeps, and e-mail notifications.
You can leap begin your to do list and get the most essential things completed before the rest of world awakens.
What an excellent method to begin the day!
However it’s not as easy as it sounds for many people. Perhaps you have actually tried getting up earlier and simply can’t seem to make it a practice.
Have you attempted getting up earlier by going to sleep earlier? Personally, when I do this, I stare at the ceiling for hours, not able to go to sleep! Then I ACTUALLY can’t get up early!
This indicates go to bed when you’re sleepy, and get up when you wake up. My body NEVER informs me to get up in the morning!
My body says “Sleeeeeep in …” and “Strike the snoooooze button …”.
I lastly discovered an option that works for me. It’s a bit of a mix of both of the above.
It’s really easy, and I have actually read biographies of effective business owners that follow this method. I make sure natural early birds do this without even thinking about it.
In a nutshell, the option is to go to bed when you’re sleepy (listen to your body’s needs) however then get up early at the same time every day– that’s right, 7 days a week. Your body does not know what a weekend is, if you think of it.
I have made it a habit to get up at 5 am every day, although I might go to sleep any time from 9 pm to midnight. I go to sleep when I’m too sleepy to keep up.
When I the book I’m checking out starts to get fuzzy, I know I’m ready for bed.
I do watch some TV during the night, but I constantly turn it off by 9 pm. TELEVISION acts as a stimulant, so it keeps you awake artificially. In fact, TV shows is designed to keep you enjoying to learn what takes place next. So switch off the TELEVISION and get a book rather.
You may be tired the first couple of days, however I think you’ll discover, as I did, it’s easy after about a week. You’ll settle into a natural rhythm.
So become an early bird by this time next week. If you do not get more done, and see!