Here are 3 reasons to get up earlier. They come from time-management expert Laura Vanderkam, who wrote the book, “What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.”
- Reason number one to get up earlier: You’re less likely to get distracted in the morning. Our days fill up fast. So if we wait until the afternoon or evening to do something meaningful, it probably won’t happen because something else will crop up and distract us. But things have a lot less likelihood of coming up at 6am than they do at 4pm. That’s why Vanderkam says, if you want to workout, read, or work on a personal project – do it first thing in the morning.
- Another reason to get up earlier: We have more willpower early in the day. Even if you aren't a morning person, you have more willpower earlier in the day. That’s because willpower is like a muscle that weakens with over-use. And during the day, as we're dealing with difficult people, making decisions and battling traffic, we use up our willpower, and end up feeling depleted. So if you need willpower to tackle something – like a workout – get up early and do it.
- The final reason to get up earlier: Mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. You know how it feels when you sleep through your alarm, you’re racing to get to work on time, or you forget to make your kids' lunches. It starts your day off with stress. And Vanderkam says starting off the day with a failure can bring down your mood and affect your productivity for the rest of the day. However, waking up earlier allows you to start the day with a win, and sets the tone for a more productive day.
If you want to go further, check out the book “What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.”