The age old saying that Early birds get the worm, time and again has proved itself. Author Thomas C. Corley, in his study that went on for 5 years found that more than 50% of rich and successful people wake up really early in the day.
Here are the 5 reasons why waking up early in the morning makes all the difference and why successful entrepreneurs choose to wake up early,
1. You have lone time to meditate
Meditations not only has mental but also physical benefits. It not only boosts your mental strength but also your immune system. And with the kind of work and information store that entrepreneurs need to do, both are important. Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, Jack Dorsey, CEO of both Twitter and Square, and media magnate Oprah Winfrey say that they practice meditation daily.
2. You can devote time to things that can de-stress you
When you start your day early, you make the more out of the 24 hour period, you can use the extra time to indulge in activities that de-stress you and keep you motivated for the rest of the day, like working out and reading. A lot of successful entrepreneurs who start their day early say that waking up early helps them take time out in spite of business empires to manage. Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg, Mark Cuban are live examples of this
3. Less Distractions
If you look at the daily routine of successful entrepreneurs, you will notice that they start their office work as early as 6 -7 am, most of them check their emails. As early mornings are less demanding, you ca be more focused at important tasks and complete them in much lesser time than when the whole world is around. General Motors CEO Mary Barra, is at office at 6 am daily, PIMCO co-founder Bill Gross wakes up at 4:30am to check the market and then goes to office by 6 am.
4. More willpower at the start of the day
Each day we start with a reservoir of energy which gets used by the end of the day, and as the day progresses, uncontrollable circumstances like being stuck in traffic, dealing with difficult people eat up most of our energy and make us feel weak towards the end and thus less productive. The best way to counter this is to make your mornings more productive, which can be done by waking up early. Virgin America CEO David Cush wakes up at 4:15 a.m., sends important emails and calls business associates on the East Coast before starting with the other tasks
5. Plan your day
When you wake up early, you have all the time to plan what you want to accomplish in the day and set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Setting up a routine early morning, not just brings a sense of purpose to your day but also gives you time to achieve some of those which sets the path for the rest of the day. Leo Babuta renowned Author says that his day always starts with a plan. This point becomes especially important because it is not just enough to wake up early, if you don’t have a plan set for how to spend your day, waking up early is not going to help.
And to wake up early, you need to make sure that you are sleeping enough for the day, choose to take a power nap in the middle of the day when energies are low. Retrospect before you go to bed and don’t carry burdens in your head. Have an undisturbed sleep, put your phone on no notification mode. Most importantly make this a routine, which might seem difficult at once but if you choose to stick to it, you will be a winner.