Waking up early is a big productivity booster. If you don’t believe me, check out this article. Or this one. Or this one. Or countless others. With this in mind, I set off on a quest to wake up earlier. I’ve been waking up at 5:30 every weekday (with a few cheat days) for about a month. I discovered two things.
- Waking up early does help me be more productive and work towards my goals.
- I need more sleep.
How has it helped me become more productive? Well, I’ve been consistently going to the gym twice weekly and have noticed real results, which makes me feel like a million bucks. I have more time to do my hair and makeup to my liking, which changes my entire mindset for the day. I’ve also been able to spend some time reading the Bible, praying, and doing some self-reflection (although consistency here has been a work in progress lately) in the morning to prepare for the day ahead. All good things. I love where all of this is going.
Unfortunately, I need sleep. I wouldn’t consider myself a night owl, because I am more productive in the morning, but I do find it difficult to go to sleep early enough. Twice a week I get home from work a little before 9:00 pm, and I just can’t bring myself to walk in the door and head straight for bed. My goal was to be asleep by 10:30 in order to get 7 hours of sleep each night, but I was realistically getting into bed around 10:30 and then reading or journaling until I fell asleep closer to 11:00. Yuck. That meant I was getting 6.5 hours of sleep most nights. Some people can probably function like this. I cannot.
Of course, the fault here is entirely mine. Sticking to my self-imposed bedtime would have solved my problem.
I’ve decided not to beat myself up about it though. The times that I start doing something, see what works (and what doesn’t) and then make the necessary adjustments are the times that I succeed. Things work differently for different people. For me, the “asleep by 10:30 and awake by 5:30” plan just isn’t working. Hopefully one day I can get to that point. For now, my new adjusted goal is to change my wakeup time to 6:00 so I can catch some more valuable shut-eye. It’s hard to be productive when you aren’t well-rested, after all.
Are you a naturally early riser or did you have to train yourself to become one? I’d love to hear what works for you in the comments section below!
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