How to Get Up Earlier and Get More Done

How to Get Up Earlier and Get More DoneThe early bird catches the worm, or as Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as having said, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. I think that Mr. franklin had a point. Want to get more done? Get up earlier.

What was true in Benjamin Franklin’s day is still true today. Especially when you consider all the things we’re expected to do and all the distractions we have to overcome to achieve them.

Whenever you read about the habits of highly successful people, many of them cite, getting up early as one of their habits. In my view, I think getting up early might be the worst-kept productivity “secret” of highly effective people.

If you want to get more done, you have to get up early? The earlier you get “up and at ‘em,” the longer you have to get things done before the noisy and nosy crowds push in. Mornings are peaceful, free of ringing phones, pager beeps, and email notifications.

You can jump start your to-do list and get the most important things finished or at least started before the rest of world wakes up.

I think this is a great way to start the day!

The Problem

But it’s not as easy as it sounds for many people. Maybe you have tried getting up earlier and just can’t seem to make it a habit.

Have you tried getting up earlier by going to bed earlier? Many people find that when they do this they end up staring at the ceiling for hours, unable to fall asleep! Then they find it difficult to get up early!

Some experts say “listen to your body’s needs.” This means you go to bed when you’re sleepy, and get up when you wake up. Sounds reasonable, but unfortunately many people have a body that refuses to tell them to get up in the morning!

Their body says “Sleeeeeep in…” and “Hit the snoooooze button…”

I finally found a solution that works for me. It’s a bit of a combination of both of the above.

It’s very simple method and it’s used by many successful entrepreneurs. I’m sure natural early risers do this without even thinking about it.

The Solution

In a nutshell, the solution is to go to bed when you’re sleepy (listen to your body’s needs) but then get up early at the same time every day—that’s right, 7 days a week. Your body doesn’t know what a weekend is, if you think about it.

I have made it a habit to get up at 5 am every day, even though I might go to bed any time from 10:30 pm to midnight. I go to bed when I’m too sleepy to stay up.

I know I’m ready for bed when I the book I’m reading starts to get blurry.

I do watch some TV at night, but I always turn it off by 9 pm. TV acts as a stimulant, so it keeps you awake artificially. In fact, TV programming is designed to keep you watching to find out what happens next. So turn off the TV and pick up a book instead.

You may be tired the first couple of days, but I think you’ll find, as I did, it’s easy after about a week. You’ll settle into a natural rhythm.

So learn How to Get Up Earlier and Get More Done and see how much more productive you become!

Till Next time

Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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10 thoughts on “How to Get Up Earlier and Get More Done

  1. I agree with much that you say here Mike, but as a poker lover, there are times when I can be playing into the wee hours of the morning. I still get up at the same time each day (the kids won’t get themselves to school), so I often take a short siesta in the afternoon. Maybe 20 or 40 minutes, and that is just enough to recharge and get going.

  2. I am a night owl so it’s difficult to get up early even though I would love to get more done in the mornings. I like the idea of switching off the TV by 9pm and reading instead. I have a some really great books and not enough time to read during the week. I’ll be trying this out.

  3. Great information. I agree with you that going to bed earlier and getting up earlier needs to be a regular habit. I tend to be a night owl. During these summer months, it has worked out great for me because it’s light out so much later in the day. However, not so much the rest of the year. I’m going to consider getting up earlier when fall and winter are upon us and it’s dark outside by 5:30pm. I’ll have to let you know how it goes. Thanks, Mike!

  4. Good advice here and you’re right about it being 7 days a week and that’s where I’ve struggled.
    I’ve tended to break the habit if I wake tired in the morning. Any suggestions for this please?

    • Hi Rosemary, thanks for dropping by, it’s very easy to break the habit if you wake tired, the thing to do is to treat yourself but only to an extra 15 mins and then get up. Remember it’s easier to make a habit than to break one.

  5. I used to get up early all the time when I was working a 9-5 job but things changed when I set up my own business because I seemed more productive later at night. Lately this isn’t true so I think I’m going to try and get back into a routine of rising early 🙂