Being successful takes a lot of dedication, determination, and preparation. You also must plan, be proactive, and set goals that you’re willing to work hard for.
“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” Aristotle
Great leaders are known to have a schedule they follow carefully. While every leader has their own routine and special things that they do to succeed, one thing is consistent, they are early risers. They make a concerted effort to get up early every morning, so they can get more done during their day. It’s important to understand why getting up early plays a significant role in your overall success. The reasons great leaders rise early are to:
“The early morning has gold in its mouth.” Benjamin Franklin
· Get More Time in Your Day
By getting up earlier, you’re giving yourself more time in your day which brings more productivity. While it might not seem like much, an extra 30 minutes each day can make a big difference in your productivity and your health. More importantly, the extra time allows you to regain control over your life.
· Enjoy Some Peace
When you wake up before the rest of the household, you give yourself time to do a few things for yourself and get prepared for your day without the distractions that come when you are on the clock. By getting up early, you can do things that help you get your day organized, or do things you don’t have time to do during your regular day:
- Working out
- Going over your day’s schedule
- Making a “to-do” list
- Planning for the week
- Eat breakfast
· Improve Your Brain
A study conducted in 2008 determined that those who were early risers earned a full point higher on their grade-point average than those who considered themselves to be night-time folks. Even if you aren’t a student, think of how much better your brain is going to work when you get up early.
· Have More Success
A study by Christoph Randler correlates being an early riser with having more success in a corporate schedule. Early risers are more proactive, anticipate problems and try to minimize them which leads to higher productivity, greater career success, and higher wages throughout life. Early risers are also more agreeable, more optimistic, and much more satisfied with their lives. Another study of university students showed that early risers have more persistence, self-directedness, and cooperativeness leading to more productivity and stability.
Remember to make sure you use this extra time you’ve given yourself. Think of it as a gift to yourself. Structure the time the way that works best for you. This not only benefits your mental health. It also benefits your physical health. You’ll have more energy and focus throughout your day. Do this for yourself and reap the benefits of being an early riser.