You’re either a morning person or your not—or at least, that’s what we’ve been led to believe. However, what if those of us who naturally wake up later could train ourselves to become early risers?
Some of the world’s most successful people cite waking up early as the secret to their success. In fact, a whopping 90% of executives and entrepreneurs wake up before 6AM on weekdays.
For example, did you know Virgin’s Richard Branson, Gary Vaynerchuck and Warren Buffet have been said to start their day quite early? Another one is Oprah Winfrey who manages to wake up naturally before 7 AM every morning.
A more extreme case, Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45 every morning to make sure he gets his exercise out of the way, has time to check preliminary emails and grab a coffee.
Imagine what you could do with an extra few hours in the morning. Would you be able to grow your business even more? Would you start a workout routine? Learn a new language? Maybe you’d use it to meditate and start your day relaxed and focused. Either way, you’re sure to come out on top if you have a few extra hours in the morning.
There are several ways you can re-start your internal clock naturally. One way to do this is to wake up efficiently. Make sure you have a set time you wake up and go to sleep. Consistently stick to your new schedule until your circadian rhythm is re-set. Another trick? Make sure you expose yourself to sunlight right away. If you have blackout curtains, open them right when you wake up.
Another great trick? Try to avoid hitting the ‘snooze’ button. This only confuses your brain and makes it more difficult to wake up in the future. Once you’re up, your windows are open and you’re starting to wake up, make sure you make the bed. The physical act of making the bed prepares you mentally ready to have the most productive day possible.
If you’re still finding you’re a bit groggy, try reaching for some coffee or orange juice. While coffee is a common pick-me-up in the morning, many people don’t know that the bright color and natural sugars in orange juice stimulates concentration and energy.
As a subtle addition, you can even try aromatherapy! Smells like peppermint and citrus have been known to be energizing. You can try wafting some essential oils near your face, use a diffuser to scent your entire room or use it to wind down at the end of the day in preparation for a good night’s sleep.
These are just a few tricks Casper covers in their article about how to become an early riser. You can see the below visual has several different methods you can use every day in your life to help boost productivity and gain more time to work on your small business!
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