By Telford Aduda
According to the wise men, only the early bird catches the worm. You almost want to ask yourself, does it mean that birds that wake up late do not eat? No, the fact is that all birds get to eat regardless of the time they wake up and the only difference is that the one that wakes up much early get much more worms than the one that wakes up late.
To accomplish big goals in life as an entrepreneur, productivity experts will often suggest getting up early, you can get a lot done in a quiet house with no destruction or interruptions. Waking up early is always easier said than done. To most people, waking up early is like carrying a mountain on their backs.
According to Julie Morgenstern, time management expert and author of never check Email in the Morning (Touchstone 2005) you might think getting up early is a matter of discipline, but it actually take much more than that. The truth is that your entire ecosystem has been built around sleeping later.
When beginning to change your morning routine, many obstacles will stand in your way. It is very possible to overcome them, however; the key is to start the night before.
When running a business, it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day, but tapping into the mornings, might be the key to increasing your productivity.
Here are some of the few benefits of getting out of bed early:
If you want to do your best work, distraction is your enemy. You have to wake up before it rises. You are less likely to get distracted in the morning, this is the time the children are a sleep, nobody is calling you and you can maximize on the worms before others wake up. An entrepreneur day always fills up fast. If you wait until afternoon or evening to do something meaningful, be sure you are likely to push it to the next day.
You have more willpower early in the morning. Willpower is like a muscle that becomes fatigued with use. During the day you are dealing with difficult people, making decision and battling traffic especially if you live in an area where a traffic jam has become a normal routine and the situation is not going to change any soon. You use up your willpower, leaving you feeling depleted toward the end of the day. Making it difficult for you to do anything in the evening.
Opportunity to set a positive tone for the day
If you have ever slept past your alarm clock and got to work late and then got schooled by your boss, or arrived at an airport only to realize that the plane you were to take has departed, then you know that starting off your day with a failure can bring down your mood and affect your productivity at work. Waking up early allows you to start the day with a victory and set the tone for a happier and more productive day.
Most importantly, you have to realize that life is not a rehearsal and failure in life is real, so we should live each day to its fullest capacity. It goes without saying that the days that we stretch out are more memorable than those when we got a good night’s sleep. Being an early riser is about doing everything within your power to help your business achieve success and if this means getting up at an hour not known to most. Then you will as well enjoy the sunrise.
Wake up early and maximize on the worms.