Be Productive: Why You Should Be An Early Riser

You may have heard that for some of the most successful people in business, sports, or art –  they attribute part of their success to rising early.

It was noted that Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his morning at 3.45 am, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama all have been known to rise at the crack of dawn. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter and Square is up by 5 am to meditate, exercise, make coffee before he heads out to work.

It’s understandable – every minute in your precious comfortable bed counts in the morning and most of us would be hitting the snooze button because the task of waking up at 5 am can be daunting. But for a change, try to start your day early, like before 6 am kind of early.

Here are a few reasons why you should be an early riser.

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PRODUCTIVE MORNING

When you’re up by 4 or 5 am, you will typically be up earlier than your household, or neighbours too. Energy levels and work conditions are different to every individual, but early morning enable you to get a head start on your day before distractions and obligations arise.

Imagine being able to complete your exercise routine, read the newspaper, meditate, clearing out your inbox, eating a healthy breakfast all before everyone else wakes up? You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment even before the sun rises! It is said that if you are able to wake up early and tick off your to-do list, it will set off a chain reaction of another productive behaviour throughout the day.

 

TIMELINESS

It’s hard, but once you have trained your body to adapt to a certain routine, it simultaneously trains you to be more organised and punctual in other areas. Rising early gives you ample time to prepare for the day, which in the long run will improve your timeliness.

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THE VALUE OF ME TIME

We all have obligations and responsibilities to attend to, but it’s important to have a little me time. Taking a moment for yourself in the morning can do a lot for your personal well-being. When you start your day doing things for you with no distraction, it can improve your mood and set the tone for the day. For parents, especially mothers, quiet time alone is a real reward. You get to enjoy a cup of coffee and finish it while it’s still hot before the kids wake up, or better yet, pray tahajjud and pour your heart to Allah SWT before you start the day.

 

HOW TO START YOUR DAY EARLY

GET INTO A ROUTINE

It would be tough at first, but you need to train your body to a new routine. Think about, if you can wake up for Suhoor every day throughout Ramadan, why can’t you train yourself to be up by 5 am for the rest of the year? Try to go to bed at about the same time every night to get enough sleep. Listen to your body and learn how much sleep you need in order to not feel exhausted the next day. Some may need 7-8 hours, while others feel that 6 hours is sufficient enough.

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PUSH YOURSELF

Your willpower needs to be strong in order to push yourself out of bed. Set your mind to checking off your to-do-list for the morning. Do whatever it takes, relocate your alarm clock, change your alarm tone, until your body wakes up by 5 am without needing the alarm.