A few years ago I was seeking an adjustment to better balance my personal and professional goals and responsibilities. With two small children and a growing business, time was (and still is) at a premium. I decided to start setting the alarm for 4:30am. This decision has had a big positive impact, here are just a few reasons why:
Peace & Quiet – There is no noise and no inbound emails or calls at 4:30am (or at 5:30 for that matter). No distractions. Just me and the chirping birds. This creates an effective environment for clear thinking and uninterrupted productivity.
Exercise – An early wake up call opens a window to exercise before the work day begins. I find that I’m able to deal with problems and unanticipated challenges more effectively if I have a workout under my belt before sitting down at my desk.
Early Bird Gets the Worm – Do you know who else is up early? CEO’s, A players, and decisions makers. You’d be surprised how often a 5:30am email receives a prompt reply.
Better Habits & Routines – An early alarm clock is punishing if you aren’t prepared to deal with it. But you quickly adjust. You turn the light out on time instead of watching Netflix. You skip that extra glass of wine. You improve your habits to earn the early AM success.
What adjustments have improved your productivity and/or lifestyle? What changes would you like to make?