Where do I even start! Throughout my journey I heard so many negative comments about my best decision and to be honest I cannot believe how ridiculous they sound. Tell me, who is having pleasure waking up at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. or even 10 a.m.? I am pretty sure the answer is no one. It is always a struggle to get out of bed, so why not wake up at 5 a.m.?
Time for yourself
One of the reasons why it was the best decision I ever made is because it is a precious time for yourself, your projects, your development. That is the only time during the day when you can focus fully on anything you like. This time you can use wisely to create new habits or get rid of the bad ones by creating your morning rituals. The first time when I actually tried waking up early, I was stunned by the results. I was waking up around 3-4a.m. just that I could get two final theses done. The results were fantastic: I got the highest grade, the theses were done on time and it felt awesome! It is suggested by world-known achievers to spend first hours wisely on journaling, meditating, exercising, reading and etc, but I believe you choose what works for you, and how would you like to maximize this time. To be honest, there are mornings when I have to do laundry, dishes and prepare meals at 5 a.m. and I feel great, because I get on the top of my things. I am so glad I discovered Robin Sharma, who set the fire in me to implement this life-changing habit in my life.
While working full time it might seem that you do not really have much time in a day, and you may start complaining non-stop that you do not have a time for everything. The problem is that we all have the same amount of hours in a day, just everyone plans their time differently. After a long day at work, most likely you will not feel like working out, reading or anything that involves movement or use of mental energy unless you are very disciplined. Since waking up early I managed to create few amazing habits that I always wanted to have, but life was always in the way. I started to go to gym on regular basis, improved my dancing skills, came up with projects for myself, got a promotion and etc. Otherwise I have no idea how I could have achieved so much when in the afternoon all I want to do is eat, and do not move ?
Sense of achievement
It feels great to start to count your wins a few hours before most of the people even climb out of the beds. As some anonymous said ‘5am is the hour when legends are either waking up or going to sleep’. You wake up with the determination to win your day, and your day should always start with the highest priority- yourself. Of course, you will not always wake up with such a powerful feeling in your heart, but with the preparation the night before and knowing what is your strong reasons for it will set you up for the smoother morning. From my experience I would advise sleeping at least 7hours, it is not always possible, but you will feel way better. Every evening I am trying to get to bed around 9.30 p.m., this helps me to feel more energy in the morning.
It is easier early in the morning to develop the proactivity trait, as you have time to prepare for your day, set the goals, targets and prepare for the most challenging tasks in advance. Biologist Christoph Randler, who surveyed 367 university students, said: ‘morning people tend to get better grades in school, which get them into better colleges, which then lead to better job opportunities. Morning people also anticipate problems and try to minimize them.’ You start develop your proactivity trait simply by setting a plan for a day and establishing goals and that will help you to stop procrastination in all the areas of your life, especially workplace. Believe me or not, proactivity will bring you that desired promotion, improved relationships and extraordinary life overall.
So, is it compelling enough for you? According to the study done by Phillippa Lally at University College London, it takes 66 days to form a habit. Personally, I think you will be delighted by the results you can achieve by waking up at least an hour earlier, and that will motivate you to make this new routine part of your life.