I thought in this weeks blog it would be good to write about Getting Up Early. Especially as recently I have been looking for ways to be more productive.
In todays world were there is so much available to us at our fingertips whenever we want it I personally struggle with switching off. This means for me at least and I am sure you too that at night when we are unwinding before we go to bed we either pick up our phones and go on some form of social media or we sit down and watch something on Netflix or YouTube. This in turn means we usually go sleep later and thus get up later too. As humans our bodies need a certain amount of sleep to operate at full capacity and if you're depriving your body of this sleep then you will not be able to perform to the best of your ability. The reason I am saying all this is that everyone wants to be more productive, looking for quick fixes and looking outside, blaming work for example or blaming something else that is “out” of there control.
Everyone has things they have todo but don't want todo them. You name one person that doesn't and ill call them a liar. The difference between the people you look upto and admire is them people get the shit done that they don't want todo but it has to be done so they just get on with it. I have been watching a lot of (Chase Jarvis videos on YouTube) recently and reading some of (Tim Ferris Books) and one of the common themes that comes up is A MORNING ROUTINE, now this is different for most of the people referenced in either there videos or books but there are common threads that run throughout them all. Number 1 being they get up early, partly so they can get there routine in and partly so they can get on with shit. Chase Jarvis says “I get up two hours earlier than I need to so I can get my routine in” now this is the attitude of someone being productive, he knows he has shit todo that day so he has an early start instead of sacrificing his morning routine he just gets up EARLIER so his day still starts the same way and he doesn't miss out on his routine which could upset his mentality for that day.
Now I am not saying you need to start a morning routine but just taking the idea of going to bed earlier and getting up earlier and applying that to your life can have a big impact. I know speaking from experience that I am most “productive” when I go to bed earlier and get up earlier, thus getting shit done in the morning and then having more daylight to go out and shoot or do whatever it is I wanted todo that day. Say I have work at 9am and don't finish till 5pm I could either get up at 8:30 and then rush to get to work and then when I get home I could eat and then start todo the stuff I wanted to do at say 7pm. Would I get a lot done in that time? Maybe but at the same time I would be tired from the days work, I would get abit done but I doubt as much as I had hopped. Now lets say I went to bed a couple hours earlier and then got up at 6am and did some of the stuff I wanted todo for that day until 8:30, then got ready for work and then after a days work started doing my own stuff again at 7pm and worked on that until 10pm. In which day do you think I would be more “productive”? I would definitely say the second day, instead of having to slug through all I wanted too at the end of the day when I am tired from a full days work I would be able todo half of that in the morning when I am fresh from a good nights sleep. Not only would I do more but it would probably be of a better quality too.
What do you think to that scenario? Let me know in the comments below.
This can be applied to anything in life no matter what it is you want todo you will definitely be more “productive if you go to sleep earlier and wake earlier and have a longer “day”. I struggle with this a lot, I always say that I’m going to go bed earlier so I can get up earlier and then sit on my phone or play games until gone midnight and then that's it I’m definitely not getting up early as I wont have enough sleep.
The little things do add up and just doing this on a day to day basis can only help, try adding this to your life and making it your ROUTINE.
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