I have read many times now, that how you use your time each morning is a strong indicator of how successful you will be. This is obviously not true across the board, but i do believe there is an element of truth to it. Since I created my habit of waking at 5am, I have felt a much stronger control over each day, and have seen my personal success increase drastically.
Looking back a few short years, I was the type that would wake up with minutes to spare before I needed to leave the house for work, school, anything really. I used to rush breakfast, miss out on a shower, get dressed in a hurry and then leave for the day. Although I was completely used to it, I never realised how much time I was depriving myself of each day.
In the beginnings of my self-actualising journey, and post-alcohol, I decided to commit to waking up early each day, slowly but surely cementing an early rising habit. It was very very hard in the beginning, and I failed to wake up at my planned alarm hundreds of times. Sooner or later it started to become easier and easier. I went from waking at 7, to 6:30, to 6, and I have now slowly gotten into a 5am waking habit.
Why would I do this to myself you may ask?
Waking up earlier has many more advantages than disadvantages. Here are my reasons for waking early:
More time each day. Since I wake at 5am and go to bed at 9pm, my day is split 50-50 from work to leisure. 8 hours of each. For me this is amazing, as each week day doesn’t seem like it is centred around work. I have 8 hours to hit the gym, write, read, meditate, spend time with my partner etc.
Undisturbed quiet time. If you have ever woken at this hour, you may have recognised the underlying *peace* that is present in the early hours of the day. No distractions, no busy energy, just quiet.
Seeing the sunrise. This is one that I personally enjoy as much as possible. The sunrise is such a precious event, that I do my best to watch it frequently. It gives me a sense of connection to the planet, and helps me reflect on the most important things in life. (This goes the same for sunset)
Creating a purposeful morning routine. As I have a good 3-4 hours before I begin my working day, I am able to do the things that keep me the most alive and passionate before I hit the monotonous routine of the working day. At the present time, I wake to a freshly brewed coffee, enjoy some reading time, followed by a short meditation and then gym. I then enjoy a cooked breakfast. All before work.
Increases productivity at work. As my body and mind are thoroughly awake before I begin work, it feels as though I start the day running. My first 4 hours at work are so productive that for the most part, I am on-top of my day by lunch time.
These are just a few major benefits that I have experienced. It is an ever improving habit, but hopefully you understand the reasons behind it. Have you ever tried to create a habit of rising early? Why did you succeed/fail? I would love to hear about it.