Ever since I dedicated myself to waking up everyday at 6:30 in the morning I have not turned back. Recently, I read in Tim Ferriss’s book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, that Casey Neistat wakes up every day at 4:30am to get the day started. This has inspired me to push back my time to 5:30am, then I start my daily routine to strengthen my habits. I’ve written an article on why habits are extremely important for wellbeing. We are animals meaning that we live by habits, and routines such as waking up earlier have much better benefits.
1. More Time To Do Things
Truth is that the amount of sleep a person needs varies per person. I’ve seen numbers that some adults only need 6 hours while some need more than 9 hours. The best advice is to develop you body to run on 8 hours (most optimal). If you can function on less than that then it is even better for you.
Suppose you do get 8 hours of sleep. That leaves you with 16 hours to yourself – which is honestly a lot of time. If you have a day job which you have to put in an 8 hour shift, you still have 8 hours in that day to yourself.
If you wake up early, before your shift, you can find something you need/want to do such as working out, writing a blog post, or reading a book. You will notice that all of a sudden, your days will progressively become longer and you will have moments of boredom. As an adult, do you even remember the last time you were bored?
2. Early Bird Gets the Worm
I’ve noticed this constantly. For example, Nike and Jordan brand use to release shoes on early Saturday mornings, and these were highly anticipated. The lines where outrageous and people gathered and waited in the whatever type of weather to get their hands on a pair. This is same thing happens when Apple releases a new iPhone but just at a more prevalent rate. If you were in the line you will notice that being near the end of the line increases your chances of NOT getting a pair or phone.
Another observation I’ve had was from working overnight in a grocery store. A lot of stores have a markdown section. These sections are filled with products that are priced lower than retail price. You may ask, “What is wrong with these products and what happened to them to make it priced so low?” And usually the answer is that there is no more room for it on the shelves. My first thought about these products use to be that they were damaged or expired but it turned out to not be that way at all. Here is where it gets funny. There would be regular customers who come into the store at about four in the morning to find steals that have been marked down. These steals would not be there if they came later in the day, someone would have already gotten it.
3. You Feel Better about the Day
I’ve noticed this a lot more. For when I wake up, I complete tasks that I have to do sometime in the day (e.g. read a book and working out). I feel like we all have something that we feel like we are entitled to do everyday and without doing it we feel discouraged about the day.
I started to come into work with energy and happiness. The grumpy me was out the window because I was not just waking up thirty minutes before work. I actively woke up before work and got my day started when I said I wanted to start my day. I did not feel shackled by my 9-5 or the feeling of it taking over my entire day.
Once you figure out a way to make this work with your schedule, your life will go more smoothly. If you work overnight shifts a lot, you can still find a way to get up earlier than the normal time you wake up.