7 Reasons You Should Wake Up Early as an Entrepreneur
If you’ve followed my posts for any length of time, you know that I regularly discuss tips, tricks, strategies and hacks to help improve your success as an entrepreneur. There’s a lot that goes into building success, but smart use of your time is perhaps the single most important one to master.
We’ve explored a lot of related topics, but one that we need to delve into in greater depth is getting up early. If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s no reason that you should be lying in bed longer than necessary in the morning. You need to get up early and get your day started. Why, though? Actually, there are several important reasons to wake up early as an entrepreneur, and we’ll explore those here.
Optimize Your Day
A lot of people take pride in their supposed ability to multitask. I say supposed because human beings are not computers. We cannot actually multitask. All we can do is swap between two or more things as quickly as possible.
Think about it – when was the last time you were able to iron a shirt and cook an omelet at the same time? When was the last time you were able to balance your books and write a novel simultaneously? Chances are good it was never. That’s because human beings are wired to do one task at a time.
Getting up early allows you to optimize your day so that you can move from task to task to task without as much stress or hassle. It’s about improving your workflows, and ensuring that you’re able to get done what must be finished.
Another reason that you should wake up early as an entrepreneur is that there are no distractions. Few people are awake at 4:30 or 5:00 AM, and that means you can focus on getting important tasks done without having to worry that you’re going to be interrupted by emails, phone calls, or in-person appearances. If you were to wait until the afternoon to try to accomplish important tasks, chances are good that they would take twice as long, or that you would be interrupted so many times that you couldn’t complete them at all.
You Focus Better
Most of us really don’t think that we focus all that well when we roll bleary-eyed from the bed before the sun is up, but the truth is that once you get past that initial stage and wake up a bit more, your cognitive abilities ramp up significantly. In fact, studies have found that those awake early in the morning have significantly better focus on tasks than those who get up later in the day.
You’re Able to Put a Positive Spin on Things
Morning is a time of positivity and quiet. It’s a time of renewal and peace. That has a powerful effect on your mental state that can last far into the day. By getting up early, you give your brain the ability to put a positive spin on things, and that can help improve your productivity, your sense of accomplishment, and more.
You Gain More Time in the Week
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but some people seem to do so much more with their time than others do. Part of the secret is that they wake up early. Entrepreneurs who get out of bed two hours earlier can actually add 14 more usable hours in their week. That’s an additional 56 hours per month, and 672 hours per year. What could you do with that much extra time?
You Enjoy Better Health
There’s a misconception out there that those who get up early are actually sacrificing their health. That’s not really the truth, so long as you’re able to go to bed at a decent time. In fact, early risers are actually more likely to enjoy better health than those who sleep later for a number of reasons. If you wake up early as an entrepreneur, chances are good that:
You have time for a healthy breakfast, rather than skipping the most important meal of the day.
You have time to get in a workout in the morning when it is most likely to benefit your metabolism over the day.
You have time for meditation, prayer, or quiet contemplation, which can have profound benefits for your mind and body.
You Gain a Sense of Peace
If there’s one thing that is all too often missing from the lives of entrepreneurs, it’s a sense of peace and serenity. We’re so busy, so dedicated to going, going, going all the time, that we miss out on those quiet moments. If you wake up early as an entrepreneur, you will be able to enjoy one of the most serene moments of the day – sunrise. There’s a lot to be said for sitting quietly while the sun slowly crests the edge of the world.
How Do You Do It?
Of course, there’s a world of difference in knowing that you should wake up early as an entrepreneur and actually being able to do it on a regular basis. This is particularly true if you’re a night owl, or if you need to work late regularly. Thankfully, there are quite a few hacks that can help make it easier to wake up early in the morning.
Perhaps the most important hack is this – start slow. Don’t go from getting up at 7:00 AM to getting up at 4:30 AM in a single day. That’s enough to make anyone bleary-eyed and resentful. Instead, take baby steps. Work at moving your wakeup time back by 30-minute increments each week.
For instance, let’s say that you usually get up around 7:00 AM, but you want to get up at 5:00 AM. Waking up two hours earlier right off the bat is serious task, but you could make it easier by waking up at 6:30 for a week. The next week, you’d set your alarm for 6:00. The following week, your alarm would move to 5:30. Then, the fourth week, you’d start getting up at 5:00.
Create a Morning Routine
Another way to motivate yourself to get up and get going is to create a morning routine. Plan your most important activities – meditation, breakfast, workout, email. Then, stick to that routine. After a while, your body will actually get used to it and you will have less hassle forcing yourself out of the bed early in the morning.
As a tip, don’t make your routine super stringent. Instead, leave some flexibility so that you can roll with the punches that will doubtless come your way.
Hit the Lights
Morning is usually a time for quiet and contemplation, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be dimly lit. As long as you’re not going to wake up the family, flip on the lights. Get up, get out of bed, and turn on the lights in whatever area of the home you’ll be using for your routine. Light stimulates the brain, telling it that now’s the time to kick things into gear. Sitting in the dark or in a dimly-lit room actually reinforces any tiredness you might feel.
Don’t Hit Snooze
If you’re hitting the snooze button, you are sabotaging your efforts. The longer you lie in bed, the more time you waste and the less benefit you’ll see when you finally do roll out. Avoid the snooze button like the plague. If necessary, consider moving your alarm away from the bed so that if you try to hit snooze, you actually have to get up to do it.
Track Your Progress
Another way to motivate you to get up early and stay up is to keep a journal that details what you do during the hours you are awake. This can actually be a good way for night owls to realize that their late hours are actually unproductive time, and that their early hours are when they accomplish more.
Create the Perfect Morning
What is your idea of the perfect morning? Is it a hot cup of coffee and a plate of eggs? Is it a cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice and a bagel? Is it going for a run and then getting a cold shower to rev up your heart rate and motivation? Plan your perfect morning and then go for it. Make it happen. Then make it happen again. Eventually, it becomes a habit.
In the End
Ultimately, there are many reasons to wake up early as an entrepreneur. It’s good for your business. It’s good for your schedule. It’s good for your mind and body, too. And it’s easier to achieve than you might think so long as you are committed to getting up and moving.
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