There is more and more people coming out showing the benefits of an early morning. It may seem terrifying to most, but waking up in the early hours can bring huge benefits to your long term goals. If this seems like a far fetched idea that will never quite reel you in, let me offer you some reasons why you may not want to dismiss it so quickly. Here are 6 real, proven, benefits to an early morning wake up call.
Increased self discipline
If you regular set your alarm for 5 am, get up and carry out a daily routine of activities this can reinforce those self discipline muscles. By carrying out habitual actions every morning, you are training your mind to understand the value of keeping to a routine. This can only serve you well in your work. When you need to be persistent in what you do, self discipline is an absolute must to succeed.
One thing that having extra time in the morning allows you to do is dedicate some time to your fitness. Now this may send you into cold sweats at the mere thought of exercise. However, it needn’t be that way. If you commit to an early morning everyday, you can build that exercise routine over time. Just start with 2 minutes every morning and then gently move it up until you are at 20 mins a day. Do whatever exercise you like, the key is to get the heart rate pumping. Then when you are at 20 minutes a day, that will do your long term health immense benefits, not to mention the increased focus and energy your fitness will give you.
Organise your thoughts
When you wake at that time of the morning one major aspect is the quiet. As most people like to sleep in a lot later than 5 am, this gives you the perfect time to organise your thoughts for the day and make a plan. You can think through what you want to achieve in the day and set it out to give you a clear focus on what the day is going to look like.
Expand your horizons
Another great thing you can do with all this extra time is devote it to learning. You could read for 10 mins. That may not seem like a lot but by doing it everyday you will quickly accumulate more and more knowledge to help you grow. For anyone wanting to be successful the pursuit of knowledge is absolutely key. Waking up early gives you that time to dedicate to making sure you are constantly challenging what you know and developing your skills.
Gain a little perspective
With the silence at this time in the morning comes the opportunity to sit back and take a few breaths. Many people now understand the value of taking a short time out to focus on your breath and centre oneself. The science is all pretty clear on this these days. By taking a moment to focus on your breath or simply be silent decrease stress and heightens decisions making. It also reminds you of what you already do have and that you have much a value already.
Feel like you have hit goals before you even begin work
One of the major benefits of having an early morning routine is that as you work through each step you are essentially hitting a small goal every time you complete it. As you tick your tasks off your list it gives you an incredible sense of achievement in your day already. This gets you started in the right way. You have already achieved so much and it is not even 8am. This puts you in the mindset perfect for succeeding that day.
Waking up at an ungodly hour like 5am may seem like a pipe dream or a nightmare, however, there are huge benefits in doing it. Just a simple morning routine everyday can have a huge impact on how you work and the goals you achieve. Why don’t you give it a try and see it works for you?