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This post will be sharing five reasons why you should get up early in the morning even if you don’t wake up at 5 am.
You know all those self-help gurus on Instagram that always tout the importance of waking up at 5 am daily? I always thought it was all crap. I love my sleep way too much to have to wake up that early particularly if I’m not going anywhere.
But then the global pandemic happened in 2020 and my sleep cycle just went to sh*t. I didn’t try to do anything about it because I believe I was affected by the stress of the pandemic just like everyone else. But then, I did not know that that routine of sleeping at midnight and waking up around noon would catch up with me way after the end of the lockdowns.
We’re currently in the second year and while the pandemic is far from over, more than half of the people in the world have their lives back to normal. Or the new normal. Either way, there’s a semblance of a routine back in place. As for me, my body clock is finally coming back to normal after almost a year.
A couple of weeks ago, I accidentally woke up early than I normally do feeling well-rested and ready to conquer the day. By the end of the day, I was astonished by how much I had been able to accomplish by simply getting up early. My productivity was literally on steroids especially since I have been struggling a lot recently. Then I tried waking up a few more times just to test the theory of how getting up early improves your productivity because you have more time to do stuff. Well, I wasn’t wrong.
Here Are Five Reasons You Should Consider Getting Up Early
While I’m nowhere close to being that morning bird that wakes up at 5 am, I’ve made significant progress. Now, I have it at the back of my head that if I have a full to-do list, I simply just have to get up early in the morning.
If you are anything like me still struggling with your body clock post-pandemic, I hope you consider these tips.
You’re Pumped and Ready to Start the Day
I don’t know if it’s because it’s been a while since I woke up early but I suddenly feel a surge of energy. Especially since I’m always looking forward to working on my lifestyle blog. As for my part-time job, I wouldn’t say I have the same enthusiasm except when I have a late-morning shift. But if you’re excited about your job and the fulfilment it gives you, you would want to get up early in the morning and get to work.
It helps you Stay Consistent with your Daily Routine
Again, when you watch videos of people who wake up at 5 am, you notice that they follow a consistent daily routine. They wake up, go to the gym, have some breakfast, take a shower and get to work. They are able to be consistent daily because they have a routine. Trust me, once you have your routines on lockdown, you’ll unconsciously find yourself doing things you need to do. Even if you don’t have the energy to. I go to the gym three times a week. My routine for my gym days is pretty much the same. This has helped me stay consistent even if I don’t get up early. If I do, it means I have extra time to do more stuff before heading to the gym.
It improves your Productivity
Possibly the most important reason to get up early in the morning is to have time to get more stuff done. It sounds like science but it’s simply common sense. When you have the whole day mapped out, it is easier to allocate different tasks throughout the course of the day. Personally, I like to write in the morning and get it out of the way because it is my most brain-tasking activity. It is also the only time I can get the best concentration. Except I’m in my workspace alone without any noise and distraction, that is the only time I can write in the afternoons. So, when you get up early, you can focus on the most important task of the day. Plus, you also have the rest of the day to focus on less-tasking activities.
It gives you a Sense of Accomplishment
You know how people think mothers have superpowers because they’re able to wake up at 4 am and do so much stuff before everyone else gets up? Imagine the sense of accomplishment they feel for being able to do their daily routines, work on their side hustles and still take care of their kids. I don’t even have kids but when I get up early and I’m able to finish up my to-do list, I feel like I can do anything. That’s pretty much how I motivate myself.
It helps you Manage your Time
It is one thing to be an early riser, it is an entirely different thing to understand the utilize the principles of time management. I mean there’s no point in getting up early if you won’t get anything done. With the internet and our super short attention span, you need to learn how to time block your days to get the most of it. When you’re not productive after a long day, you end up feeling stressed and discontented.
If you were anything like me and still have doubts about the benefits of getting up early in the morning, I hope this post has helped you reconsider.