Wake Up Early in 7 Days
As a blogger, any little advantage can and will work in your favor. As a result, if you do things right, waking up earlier will definitely prove to be a decision you will not regret. Why wake up earlier? More than a few people automatically associate the idea of a blogger with a person who, since he or she is working from home, wakes up in the afternoon, works for a little while and that’s that. Yes, there are more than a few online entrepreneurs who are doing that but, guess what: they’re not exactly making a killing. Sure, you can slack off and sure, you can keep things to a bare minimum as far as work is concerned, but in the end, if you are not willing to give it 110%, you can rest assured that your results won’t exactly be worth bragging about. Since I’m convinced that you have far higher goals than just earning some pocket change online, you have to understand that it will simply not be possible if you are not willing to work as hard as you can and if you are not determined to keep going even when certain goals may seem out of reach. Being a blogger is not easy, it never was and it never was be. While yes, you do have the opportunity to earn a living by doing something you are passionate about, it’s imperative that you face the facts: it will not be a piece of cake. In fact, people who earn a living online work even harder than people with a 9-5 job. Why? Because they love what they do for a living! A person who hates his or her job will, naturally, not want to hear anything about the office after arriving home. A blogger who is passionate about his or her work, on the other hand, will naturally be excited about each and every project and won’t mind spending more time “at the office”. I’m sure it’s more than clear why, if you are serious about succeeding, every change which helps you become more productive counts and why waking up earlier can and will make a huge difference. You most likely have the following question in mind: Is waking up earlier a healthy habit? Never make the mistake of thinking that waking up earlier implies sleeping less, as that is simply not the case. Obviously, if you go to bed at 5 in the morning, you cannot expect to wake up one hour later and feel ready to start a new day. If you choose this approach, you can and will be facing serious consequences as far as your health is concerned. We humans are not indestructible and bad habits will come back to haunt you. That’s why sleeping 7-8 hours a day is definitely a must. No, you are not wasting time while you sleep, consider it an investment in yourself. But, on the other hand, more than a few people make the mistake of going overboard. In other words, sleeping 10-11 hours a day, even if we’re talking about weekends, is not the way to go. People with 9-5 jobs make this mistake as well during weekends. They take advantage of the fact that they don’t have to go to work and sleep way too much. Let’s see why sleeping too much is a mistake:
- It won’t help as far as productivity is concerned. In most cases, sleeping 10-11 hours or even more will not make you more productive and, even more so, you will notice that your personal productivity level is far worse compared to the days when you don’t go overboard as far as sleep is concerned.
- It’s not good for your health. Let’s assume that you have a 9-5 job and that you usually sleep x hours per day. Do you really thing that sleeping x+4 or x+5 hours on weekends is a healthy approach? Of course not, that’s not the way we humans are designed.
- You miss out on a lot of opportunities. Let us, once again, assume that you have a 9-5 job and, even more so, let’s assume that it is a job you absolutely hate. Just think about it: instead of sleeping for an extra 4 or 5 hours during the weekend, why not invest them and work on projects which will help you “escape” from the 9-5 job in question?
It is definitely more than obvious that, under right circumstances, waking up earlier can and will prove to be a healthy approach and that brings us to the following question: How should it be done? First of all, always keep the fact that you have to sleep 7 or 8 hours each day if you don’t want to face negative consequences in mind. Don’t work late unless it’s absolutely necessary. Why? Think about it: aside from negative consequences as far as your health is concerned, you can also rest assured that you will never be truly productive when working during the night. It’s easy to understand why, if you have been active throughout the entire day, you will be feeling tired at a certain point. And, you’ve guessed it: if you are tired, you will never be able to maximize results when working on a certain project and that’s precisely the way things will stand if you let working during the night become a habit. Of course, there will be cases when you will be forced to work late, but again: don’t let this become a habit or you will have a lot to lose in the long run. That being stated, I am sure that you are now asking yourself two important questions, “when should I go to sleep?” and “when should I wake up?”, so that it’s time to look into them: When should I go to sleep? I’d recommend having a certain timeframe for going to sleep and let’s take 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM as an example. Naturally, feeling tired is something which is next to impossible to control, but, for every human being, there are certain hours during which you are more likely to feel tired. I am definitely against an approach such as “going to sleep at aa:bb pm is recommended for everybody”. No matter what all sorts of self-proclaimed experts may say, all humans are different and, as a result, something which works for one person will not necessarily work for another. You have to determine what the best timeframe for going to sleep is in your case. When do you usually feel tired? When do you think that you are no longer able to maximize results as far as productivity is concerned? After you answer these questions and determine the best timeframe, you will be able to answer the following question: When should I wake up? Just like with the previous question, I am against “everyone has to wake up at cc:dd am” approaches and, again, it’s all a matter of finding out what works best for you. However, this time we will not be talking about a certain timeframe but about a fixed hour. Based on your answer to the previous question (be sure to keep the fact that sleeping 7-8 hours each day is recommended and that going overboard is not an option), you have to determine when you want to set your alarm clock.
Weekday or weekend, it should make no difference. Once you have identified something which works for you, stick with it. I challenge you: Wake up earlier for 7 days! As described in this article, find the arrangement which you think will work best for you and stick with it for the next 7 days. Pick a timeframe for going to sleep and a fixed hour for waking up. Don’t stay up to late and don’t oversleep (weekends make no exception). How does it feel? Are you beginning to reap the rewards? Is it a change which you think has the potential of making your life better? In that case, it’s time to move on to a 21-day challenge (do exactly what you did during the past week for 21 days) and, afterwards, to 63-day challenges. Now that you’ve finished reading this article, it’s time to put the tips I provide to good use. Analyze the way things currently stand, answer the questions I have suggested and get started. Time is definitely something one cannot afford to waste. Please share it with your friends, and do not forget to like me on Facebook and follow on my twitter.