Do you want more?
Want to create more?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could squeeze more into 24 hours?
It can be done if you’re willing to make the adjustments to your lifestyle that will put more time back in your hands.
What night owls and early birds both know is that there is something almost magical about being up when the rest of the world is off in dreamland.
No one expects us to be anywhere. No one interrupts our flow. The world is quiet.
Our minds are at their best.
And that time is ours.
I haven’t been a night owl in years. Mornings are where it’s at for me now, so that’s what I’m focusing on here, but I say above all, do what works for you.
So, I do sometimes get odd looks when I tell people I get up at 5 AM most days of the week.
And I totally understand why, too. I used to sleep in on weekdays until about a half hour before I needed to leave for work. I would try to get up earlier than that, but inevitably I’d end up hitting the snooze button a few times, then dragging myself out of bed, angry at the world, so I could scramble to get out the door and get to work on time.
But, almost two years ago now, I decided to go after an industry certification through my job. Based on the lore passed down by my coworkers who’d taken the exam, I knew I’d need to spend roughly 2-3 months of study at approximately 10 hours a week in order to stand better than a snowball’s chance in hell of passing this behemoth.
Doing the math, I swiftly realized I had to somehow “produce” these 10 hours.
Mornings were the best option.
I did a few simple things that you can try too:
- I started going to bed earlier
- I set my alarm for 15 minutes earlier than my original waking time
- I let myself get used to the new waking time (15 minutes earlier) for about a week
- Once I was able to get up for a whole week without struggling at the new waking time, I decided to dial my bedtime and waking time back another 15 minutes
- I stabilized at the new bedtime and waking time
Then I cranked things back another 15 minutes until I hit my target waking time.
I also began using a silent (vibrating) alarm to minimize the impact of my experiment on my girlfriend.
Considering the following things before making changes to your sleep routine will drastically improve your chances of success:
- Get clear on why it is important to you to wake up earlier. What will improve in your life because of this change?
- Know how much sleep you require each night to feel rested. Do you need 8 hours? 7 hours? Less? More?
- Discuss your plans with anyone in your life who will be affected by changes in your sleep routine and make sure they are supportive of the changes.
With the “extra” time in the mornings, I was not only able to fit my studying in and pass my certification exam (I know you wanted to know!), but I kept waking up at 5 AM after that and turned that time into time to work in and on my business.
And the rest is history. I’m completely sold on mornings.
So, what about you? What could you do with more time in your day?
Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear!
Michael Hyatt has a great article on this subject!
Check out: How to Become a Morning Person (Even If You Don’t Think You Can)