Better mental health – have more time to prepare for the day without rushing, start every day on your terms. It is said that the first hour of your day sets the tone for the rest of your day.
Increase productivity – Often the mornings are a great time to make your plans, tackle complex tasks, as our minds are fresh from a good nights sleep and we have few distractions.
Better sleep quality– Early risers tend to have better and more consistent sleep patterns allowing the body and mind to regenerate.
Time for self-care – This EXTRA time in the morning is perfect to fit in some daily exercise, meditation and have some sacred time with yourself.
“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it” – Richard Whately
One of the “secrets” to success for many of world's most successful people is waking up early. Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Richard Branson to name a few all start their days before 6 am, some before 5 am!
I had tried to wake up earlier over the years and every time I did I felt like I was more in control of my day, I was able to fit in more time for planning, felt more relaxed (less rushed) and could often find time for exercise. It felt like I could get more stuff done in that first powerful and distractionless hour of the day, than in the next 7! But like everyone else I also loved the feeling of sleeping in, hitting the snooze alarm 20 times, then rushing around in the morning to make it to work JUST ON TIME.
Time zones and being inspired by a couple friends were two of the biggest factors that got me moving back my wake up time. Many of my clients are in an eastern time zone and I live on the West Coast, so in order to stay on top of events unfolding I needed to match their start times. I was also inspired by a couple friends that wake up early to go to the gym before work, it reminded me how amazing I felt both physically and mentally having a workout and seeing the sun rise at the start of my day. It made my challenges seem smaller, the opportunities bigger, my mood brighter, I would approach my day with a smile and a spring in my step knowing I started it right!