I’m sure you’ve read those articles sharing the morning habits of successful people and it seems they all get up at 5am each day and do heaps of useful stuff before the rest of the world emerges from their beds.
But I’m not here today to tell you it’s time to start setting the alarm for 5am. No, I’m here to make the distinction between getting up early, and getting up earlier than you have to.
Many people I know roll out of bed at a time that gives them just enough time to jump in the shower, get ready for the day, and head out the door to catch their bus or jump in the car. This means they start each and every day in a pressured fashion. If one tiny contingency presents itself:
Then suddenly their morning goes from rushed to frantic in a heartbeat.
What experience has taught me is this: if your morning is rushed and frantic, so too will the rest of your day pan out that way. Being rushed activates the stress hormone cortisol and puts us in flight or fight mode all the time. What does this do to our bodies and our minds? Well studies have shown consistently elevated cortisol levels can trigger:
You will be amazed what kind of difference setting your alarm for as little as 15 minutes earlier can have on your life. Instead of having to tear yourself begrudgingly out of bed and throw yourself straight into the shower each morning, you can now emerge sleepily from bed, wander into your kitchen and flick through the paper or scroll through Instagram for 5-10 minutes before heading to the shower.
If you get up 30 minutes earlier than you have to, you can now wander into the kitchen, make yourself a cuppa and something to eat … and ingest those while reading the paper or scrolling through Facebook before heading to the shower.
First of all, it makes you a nicer person. People like doing business with people, and they particularly like doing business with people they like. It’s hard to be your best self if you’re starting every day feeling frantic.
Second of all, it makes you a clearer thinker. When you’re thinking clearly you’re making better decisions, and are able to solve problems more creatively and effectively.
And that’s it. Easy right? I have a whole bunch of ideas for getting better quality sleep during the night, but that the topic for another post and another day 🙂