You are reading this article because there is something that you want to be successful in, and in order to be successful, you want to know the answer to the question: What time do successful people wake up?
How much more successful can you actually be if you’re an early riser?
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I am going to be honest; I am the type of guy that needs to wake up early in order to be successful. Otherwise, I sleep in, the day is half over, and there are other things that I would rather do with my day than spend it working.
Over the past 2 days, I have been going to sleep at 9:00 PM and waking up between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM. I am going to tell you right now that I am seeing a huge advantage to following this routine.
Really read everything below. Apply what you learn to your daily life. I guarantee you that by implementing these tips, you will have a more successful life… Again, I guarantee it.
Benefits of Waking Up Early.
Unless you like working late into the afternoon or evening, I am a firm believer in waking up early to be successful. Here are a few of the benefits that I have been experiencing since I started this new way of life:
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1. No alarm clock.
Most people get in bed 8 hours before they have to go to sleep. This is a huge mistake. On average, it takes people 14 minutes to fall asleep; More than likely, it’s going to take you even longer to fall asleep, because you are already stressed at the fact that you’re only going to get less than 8 hours of sleep.
I set my alarm for 6:00 AM. But since I have been going to sleep at 9:00 PM (giving myself 9 hours instead of 8), I notice that I have been less stressed to fall asleep, which results in falling asleep even more quickly. And since most of us don’t need 9 hours of sleep, I have actually been waking up before my alarm clock.
2. Get stuff done earlier.
Nobody likes working during a bright, sunny day. Friends, family, and everybody just want to hang with you. By getting everything done in the morning, you’re completing all of your work before anyone can invite you to hang out.
3. Big breakfast.
I feel bad for people that have no time to eat breakfast. When you wake up early, you have more time to eat a big breakfast. If you have to work at 8:00 AM, try waking up at 6:00 AM. This will give you plenty of time to eat breakfast and get ready. By the time you go to work, you will have a ton of energy.
4. No interuptions.
I went to the grocery store this morning at 5:45 AM. It took me 2 minutes to get in, get what I needed, and get out. When I arrived home, since everyone was still asleep, I had time to do everything that needed to be done, without interruption. Cook, clean, workout, and work… No interruptions by family or friends.
5. A ton of energy.
When you wake up 2 hours before you have work, eat a big breakfast, and have time to get ready, you will find that by the time you go to work, you will be full of energy. Remember how amazing you felt on those 2-hour school snow delays? By waking up 2 hours before you have go anywhere, you will allow your body to become fully awake and energized before you head off to work.
6. Actually completing work.
I was the type of guy that always made the excuse; Well, the day is already half over so I will just have to do it tomorrow. When you wake up early, you no longer feel rushed, and you have a ton of time to complete the work that actually needs to be done. It’s 11:22 AM, and I have already:
- Gone to the grocery store.
- Completed a 1 hour long P90X workout.
- Gone on a 20 minute jog.
- Taken a shower.
- Written this blog post.
If I were to have woken up at 10:00 AM, it would already be 4:22 PM. I can’t stand working into the late afternoon, so getting up early really does make a huge difference.
7. Done working in early afternoon.
It’s now 11:24 AM, and I am already almost done with this blog post. I may write a guest post after I finish completing this post, but after that, I am completely done working for the day, and it’s not even 12:00 PM! This gives me the rest of the day to do whatever I want, and I absolutely love it!
Waking Up Early Tips:
Waking up early isn’t easy. I have tried starting my day at 6:00 AM many times, but until I used these tips, I was never really able to successfully get myself going in the early morning hours.
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Go to sleep 9 hours before you have to wake up.
A lot of people go to sleep 8 hours before they have to wake up. This can cause you stress, making it difficult for you to fall asleep on time. If you have to wake up at 7:00 AM, go to sleep at 10:00 PM. Sure, you may wake up before your alarm clock goes off, but this is a good thing. This just means you have extra time in the morning to prepare for the day.
*Wake up 2 hours before you have to do anything else.
This was the BEST piece of advice that I have ever been given. Vince Delmonte and Mehdi Hadim are both successful players in the online fitness world. Vince wrote that everyone should give themselves an hour of “me” time, and Mehdi wrote that everyone should wake up at least 2 hours before school, work, or workouts.
The last thing you want to do in the early morning is wake up and do something you don’t want to do. By giving yourself that 2 hours of “me” time, you’re giving yourself something forward to wake up to each morning.
I used to wake up and workout right away. But when I did it this way, I dreaded every morning workout like it was the plague. Now, I wake up around 6:00 AM, and workout around 8:00 AM. This gives me plenty of time to prepare for my workouts.
Take melatonin or a sleep supplement if you need it.
They say sleep supplements aren’t good for you. I say that I would rather take a sleep supplement and be get my 8 hours, then not take anything and be up all night.
You’re never going to get used to this routine if you’re inconsistent. Try to get into a routine. Usually, getting into a routine is difficult; But you will find that with that extra 2 hours in the morning, you will actually begin to look forward to following the same routine on a daily basis.
To Sum It All Up…
- If you hate working in the afternoon, then waking up early is an essential part of becoming successful.
- What time do successful people wake up? I have found that anytime at, or before 6:00 AM works well for me. 6:00 AM allows me to go to bed at 9:00 PM, which isn’t too late, but isn’t too early either.
- There are many benefits to waking up early. No alarm clock, getting daily tasks done earlier, eating a big breakfast, not having interruptions, having a ton of energy, actually completing your work, and being available to chill with family and friends in the early afternoon.
- To wake up early, you will want to go to sleep 9 hours before you have to get up, get up 2 hours before you have to do anything else, take a sleep supplement if necessary, and stay consistent with your routine.
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