Here's Why I Believe You Should Wake Up Early Every Day

Yes, even on the weekends, waking up early has its benefits.

February 11, 2019

Dreamstime

Remember the days of sleeping past noon on the weekends and staying out until 2am and then getting tacos on your way home from the bar?

Yeah, well those days have ended for me and now as I countdown to the last year of my twenties, my priorities have changed and therefore so has my lifestyle.

I guess I've moved into that "boring" state of my life as some would say, but I say I've reached peak efficiency. 

You see, as my peers are out binge drinking on a Friday, I'm at home reading, expanding my knowledge and making career moves.

I'm planning my "next step" or my "next goal" I want to crush.

When they're just getting to bed by 5:30am on a Saturday, my alarm is preparing to go off. 

I wake up, have my coffee and hit the gym before 7am. I then start my day. 

The age old saying of "get ahead while everyone else is sleeping" or "the early bird gets the worm" is so true.

You see, in my early twenties, I wanted to just have fun and enjoy life. Sure, that's what it's about at that age, but I'm now at the age where I see my friends and peers getting promotions, having babies, and getting married and deep down, I want that sense of accomplishment.

Everyone does and anyone who says otherwise is lying to themselves.

We're designed to want what others have, except, I don't want what other people have, I want what I already have...but I want it to grow and constantly be getting better and in the end, improve my outcome. 

In the past year, I've learned to get ahead in the mornings. Start my day with a sense of accomplishment and build on that. I feel good when I finish my workout. Maybe it's the endorphins or maybe it's the brain telling me that I'm slowly getting better than the day before and I want to keep that feeling all day long.

Take this morning for example. I needed to take my car into the shop at 9am, so I woke up earlier than normal, had my coffee, did a little work, ran 3 miles, and got ot my appointment 10 minutes early. 

I used to be the late guy. Always strolling in 10-15 minutes late, and to be frank, it made me look unprofessional and like I didn't care. 

Simply adding an extra hour to my morning has made all the difference in the world. Now instead of going to bed at 11, I try and be lights out asleep by 10pm. 

I want to be viewed as someone who wants to get ahead. Someone who wants to succeed and be taken seriously and in order to be classified in that field, I have to start viewing myself that way.

Sure, some argue, "well, you don't have any kids so it's easy for you."

To that I'll say, true... but I also realize that your kids follow your lead. Yes, adding in soccer practice, dance, cooking, work, etc does take up time. But adding an hour of YOU time to start your day will drastically reduse stress and allow you to be more present throughout the day. 

Give it a try. 

It's made a huge difference in my life and it should in yours too.