I have never been the kind of person who naturally wakes up early and because of this, I’ve never trusted those articles that claim you’ll be a millionaire at 20 if you get up at some ungodly hour every day.
There are a million reasons why but if you’re anything like me, you’re not super prepared to read a 50 page document, so I’ve narrowed it down to the 3 most important benefits.
In case you were wondering, no I am not miraculously filthy rich, but I now know a little more about how productivity is heightened with a few extra z’s, which brings me to my first reason.
Waking up is hard but if you can resist the urge to crawl back under the doona for ‘just a few more minutes’, I guarantee this will be one of the first benefits you’ll see in your new routine.
The explanation is pretty simple. More hours in the day = more shit done. For me, the first few days were hard around the 2-3pm mark, but it got so much easier as I adjusted to my new routine and it felt good to be doing something productive with my day.
2. Reduced stress
This was another point I began to notice after only a few days of changing my sleeping habits. I am prone to leaving things to the last minute because I feel like my days are short enough already without filling it with dreaded uni assignments.
However, with my increased productivity I’m able to complete tasks in a shorter time frame, which lifts the weight of constant guilt when I’m watching Netflix in my down time.
3. Better Sleep
This was the one that surprised me the most. In the past I’ve always had difficulty in falling asleep EVEN when I was totally exhausted, or worse, getting a full night’s sleep only to spend the entire day feeling like I just pulled an all nighter.
This then affected my ability to get stuff done, feel motivated, and – well, you get the picture. Now I find it so much easier to get to bed sooner and enjoy my down time. I try not to use my phone too much because it keeps me awake, but because I’ve been able to do so much with my day, it’s like my body (finally) rewards me with decent sleep.
If, however, you’re still feeling like you’re not convinced the most important step for ensuring you stick to your new routine is to fill your day. Catch up with a friend for a coffee, get a job or join a study group to get you out of the house and more importantly, out of that bed!
The only thing left to do is to try it because you never know, you might just surprise yourself. Call me if you ever become a millionaire.