Okay, I know what you are thinking: “I’ve heard this advice so many times, I don’t need to hear it again.” True, and how many times have you told yourself that you are going to bed earlier in the evening so you can arise earlier in the morning, only to find yourself binge-watching a television show on your favourite streaming service at 1am? It happens to the best of us, but there are real benefits to waking up earlier – even if it’s just an hour or two.
It also helps that the Fall season is about to be in full-swing. The mornings are crisp, refreshing, and dare I say beautiful; the perfect way to put yourself in a great mood for the day. Speaking of, that brings me to my first point:
Greet the day earlier, be in a better mood
You may not be a morning person, and that’s fine – but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to start the day off in a great mood. Wake up an hour or two earlier, brew a cup of coffee, sit on your porch, and shut out the rest of the world for a moment. Read a book (or a newspaper if you still get those) or just drink your coffee in peace and reflect on the environment around you. It’s peaceful, and it’s one of the only times during the day you’re going to be free to let your mind rest and be at ease. It’s a great way to start the day, as it starts it at an easy-going, peaceful pace. Plus, waking up earlier allows you to…
A friend of mine knew a coach at his high school that was one of those positive, inspiring coaches you only hear about on a news program – a real beam of light in his community. He recalls that in health class, a student asked him why he was so positive and happy all the time, and the only thing he said was this:
“I spend five minutes lying on my couch every morning in pitch blackness and reflect on the day ahead, and the week thus far.”
And that was it. It’s a simple addition to our routine, but reflecting on the day ahead and the week in general is powerful. It allows you to put your thoughts into perspective, into their proper place inside your brain, and gives you the understanding and insight to go forward in the day. As an entrepreneur, you need this! You don’t have to sit in the pitch blackness of your living room to benefit either – find a place where you feel at peace and have a moment to reflect. Maybe that place is yoga, on your front porch, or just sitting in your car – find it, and reflect every morning.
Get a head start
While this is the most obvious benefit of waking up early, you will be amazed how much ahead you can get on your daily tasks by waking up an extra hour or two. After spending a moment to enjoy the peaceful morning and reflect on the day ahead/week thus far, get a few morning tasks out of the way. Work at your own pace until it’s time to truly get ready for the day, and take a look at the work you’ve accomplished. No, waking up earlier isn’t going to give you some productivity superpower that will allow you to finish half of the day’s tasks before the work day actually starts (though you will see a boost in productivity), but it will at least give you some breathing room before the day truly begins. A few less tasks for the work day goes a long way in determining how much work you accomplish during the day and the quality of the work – making waking up early a true win/win scenario.
The best way to experience these benefits for yourself? Just start waking up early – no excuses. If you have difficulties waking up earlier, arise 30-minutes earlier to start, and gradually cut back 15-minutes to that time every few days. Pretty soon, waking up an hour or two earlier won’t be a big deal, and the best part about it? You’ll feel better than ever and you will make better decisions in regards to your brand and even your personal life. Try it for yourself, and see the difference for yourself!
The willingness to change one’s certain behaviour and the smooth transition, or otherwise, falls back on your archetype. If you would like to learn more about your archetype and learn how to make this small change in your life with the most positivity, we can help. Just click on the photo below and register for our 3-day archetype seminar.