My alarm clock goes off at 5 a.m. most weekdays.
In the past, an early alarm clock was a signal of doom, and looked something like this:
Now, I practically leap out of bed. I like getting up early!
I’m not sure exactly when this happened.
Somewhere between not sleeping well through most of my cancer treatment, taking on some contract work for a friend a few months ago, and working out hard for an hour three days a week at 6:30 a.m. I became a morning person.
CNBC correspondent Julia Boorstin wrote a post for LinkedIn on why she wakes up early and why all of us should. Her reasons are specific to her life in the news business, but they have application for all of us.
I’m more productive early in the morning. I can get my contract work done more quickly when it’s just me and the machine.
I have better focus. I’m not being interrupted by phone calls, emails, instant messages or walk-in traffic. Okay, I might get interrupted by my Marley dog, but that’s about it. And if my phone rings at 5 a.m., someone better be heading to the hospital
I get the things done I want to get done. Things like working out or writing blog posts, which might otherwise get pushed aside by day-to-day activities. If I get the things I want done, I have a much better day.
Those first hours of the day are my time, and I get a lot done during those hours.
Are you a morning person? If not, what’s keeping you?