Top Five Reasons to Wake Up at Five AM.
- Control. You start your day off on your own terms, rather than whatever the world has thrown at you. When I wake up before everyone else in the house, I get to work on things that are important to me instead of tending to the needs of my children.
- Dedicated time. It’s pointless to wake up this early if all you’re going to do is sit on the couch and watch Netflix. When you wake up early, you are giving yourself time to work on your projects, whatever that may be. Block off time so that you can work on your passions uninterrupted.
- On time. While other people are falling out of bed at the alarm clock, rushing their showing and breakfast routines – only to run into traffic on the way to their days work, you are one step ahead of the game. By waking up early, you have taken care of your basic needs without having to rush through anything, leaving you plenty of time to leave on time and get to work early.
- Self-care. Gone are the days of a quick, unfulfilling breakfast. Now you have the time to cook up a solid meal that is going to set you up for a great day. Aside from food, you have now more time to groom yourself or “indulge” in other self-care practices, like meditation. Imagine, while some people are snoozing the alarm clock, you are blissfully mediating for a calm mind and heart.
- Clarity. There is something about rising early and getting your thoughts in order before diving into the grind of the day that brings mental clarity and focus to your day. A moment in the morning to reflect and take it all in brings wonders.
Warning! There is NO point in waking up early if you aren’t going to bed early, too. None of these benefits are realized if you are groggy and half asleep. Figure out how much sleep you need to feel rested, and make sure you’re in bed on time. Don’t try and make a huge change at once. Set your alarm for 15 minutes before you usually wake up and start adjusting to your 5 am wake up one day at a time.
With all this in mind, this is designed to give you some control of your life. If it doesn’t work for you – that’s fine! It’s not a magic pill, and not meant for everyone. Some people are their best at night, and if that’s you, there is no reason to cut yourself off of those best hours just to be lackluster early in the day. However, if you can stick to this type of schedule instead of leaving your life to chance, then it is likely that you will greatly benefit from this practice. It certainly helped me gain control over my day and made me more productive, in both my professional and personal life.