Productivity Series #2 Why You Don’t Have to Wake up at 5 am to Get More Done
I’m not sure about you, but I hate the mornings! If you try and speak to me before I have had a morning coffee and some sort of balanced meal, then you are in for a surprise. So when I came across the principles that waking up earlier could change my life. I was a bit skeptical.
The concept of waking up earlier was brought to life by Hal Elrod in his book “The Miracle Morning.” Hal uses his morning routine to do the tasks that brings him the most benefit to his life, and he does them all before 8 am!
Here is his S.A.V.E.R.S routine:
This is Hal’s routine, not your routine. He is working on his important daily processes. If you don’t know yours yet, then read my article on taking action.
Let’s say you know what you need to do each day to improve your life, but you can’t find the time.
Should you wake up earlier to get more done?
I don’t think you need to.
Try avoiding distractions
My big take-away from Elrod’s book is that it’s not about waking up at 5 am and being a dedicated robot at the crack of dawn. It’s about finding the perfect time in the day to achieve your important goals.
Most of the distractions in life come after 8.00 am. This includes work, family, friends or the general stuff life throws at you. If you wake up at 5 or 6 in the morning, you get 2 quality hours of productive time that are yours alone.
What time of the day do you have the least distractions?
When I worked in my 9-5 job, I used to love going to the gym in my lunch break. While everyone was out getting lunch from Mcdonald’s. I was pumping iron in the gym. I had no phone calls (as everyone was on lunch) and when I returned to work I had more energy than anyone. I had nothing distracting me from the gym. If I tried to go to the gym in the morning, I was distracted by my mind trying to get ready for the day. Then when I tried in the evening, I was distracted by the TV, my friends and my family.
Take a look at your own diary, when are the best times for you to complete your important daily routines?
You can still try waking up earlier
I am not a morning person. It will take me awhile to get going. If you aren’t either, I recommend waking up 10 minutes earlier each day until you reach the ideal time for you. This ideal time will be based on you having enough time to get your important stuff done yet late enough that you can actually function.
Let’s say I wake up at 5.30 am. I spend the first hour of my day drinking a protein shake, getting up and dressed and driving to my nearest Starbucks. I then have coffee and a quick read of the news. At this point I am mentally awake and ready to go. Each day I spend 1 ½ hours working on my business then going to the gym before the clock strikes 9.00 am.
Find a time of the day when there are no distractions in your life. You will get more done in those hours.
It doesn’t have to be 5am, just look at your own life, and find out what time of the day suits your important processes.
8 am, 1pm, midnight. It doesn’t matter!
I would love to hear about the times you complete your routines, so comment below
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