Mr Obama. Richard Branson. Charles Darwin. They all preferred to get up early than lie in ’til later. And it looks like early risers have a distinct business advantage over the slug-a-beds amongst us. Some call it the winner’s mindset. Whatever the reasons for these paragons’ determination not to idle their lives away between the sheets, research proves that getting up earlier is better for business. How come? As it turns out it isn’t a kind of magic, just common sense.
You have more time to do stuff
One extra hour a day, seven a week, 2704 hours a year, more than two weeks of extra time every year. That’s what you can stack up when you set the alarm an hour earlier than usual. On the other hand the latest scientific research reveals most of us need anything between 8-9 hours of sleep, which means getting up an hour earlier also means you need to go to bed earlier as well or you’ll only end up knackered, a lot less effective.
You can do exercise before work
Exercise sets you up for a good day’s work, as does simple fresh air. There’s no need to go running or do anything super-strenuous. Walk around the block in the early morning, smell the metaphorical coffee as well as the real stuff, plan your day in your head and you’ll feel wonderful when you finally hit your desk, more productive than if you’d hurled yourself out of bed straight to your desk without so much as a by your leave.
You can take advantage of quiet time
The phones start ringing at 9am and don’t stop until six in the afternoon. Make a start at 8am and you get a full, free hour without anywhere near as much noise and distraction, in which you can get a huge amount done without being interrupted.
You give your muse the space it needs to do its thing
Provided you’ve had enough sleep, the early hours of the day are when your brain is at its most rested, full of potential and alive to possibilities. Harness the phenomenon and you never know what brilliant inspirations and ideas might come through before your poor brain gets filled up with everyday stuff.
You can get a decent breakfast
You might think breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It isn’t – that’s just a marketing thing, created by people who want to sell us breakfast cereals. There’s no scientific proof about breakfast being essential to success in any way, shape or form. So don’t feel bad if you prefer to go without. On the other hand giving yourself the time and space to relax with a cuppa or a coffee before kicking off your working day can put you in a much better frame of mind for the rest of the morning.
You steam ahead of everyone else
Put simply, kicking off your working day earlier means you’re one step ahead of everyone else. You’re calm, collected and productive when everyone around you is just getting kick-started. The early bird has things under control, but there’s a caveat. Natural night owls will find it tough getting up early when every instinct tells them they should still be asleep.
Too much to do?
If getting up any earlier fills you with doom and gloom, but you really need to get more done during your working day, why not call us in? We can take up the slack, so you can keep on sleeping in!