I was reading a post by The Realized Man about the unfair advantage that goes to the 5 a.m. club, aka people like me who get up before the birds!
I admit, I felt like a total rockstar when he wrote: The serial entrepreneur Richard Branson wakes up at 5:45AM, the CEO of Apple Tim Cook gets up at 4:30AM. Howard Schultz the CEO of Starbucks is at the office by 6AM coffee in hand.
But the truth is, I’m totally NOT a morning person! In fact, this morning, around 5 a.m., my husband commented that not even coffee can fix me in the morning. The trick is to simply not talk to me!
It’s true, I’m a grumpy person to chat with at 5 a.m. So why in the world do I get up that early?
It started when I had to catch a 6 a.m. train to get to work in D.C. But once I became a full-time entrepreneur and work-at-home mom, I’ve been working super hard to keep the 5 a.m. schedule. And here’s why: the amount of stuff I accomplish before 7 a.m.! Having two businesses and two children, plus a husband, a dog, a house to clean, groceries to shop for, laundry to do, workouts to get done, getting up any later means I just simply don’t have time in the day if I get up any later! And honestly, that means going to bed early but I rarely miss out on anything by being in bed by 9 or 10 p.m. (or sooner).
But the blog post touched on a few other reasons why we should all join the 5 a.m. club. Such as, early in the morning we get “in the zone.” While the world is sleeping, we get a lot done without being interrupted. For me, 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. is blocked off for reading personal development books, catching up on work and getting what I consider to be really important work done without interruptions. Then I break from work and spend the next two hours waking up kids and getting children off to school. And, according to the article, our work is significantly better during this time, as much as 25% to 100% better!
For some of my friends, getting up early is the ONLY way they get their workout in. For others, it’s meditation. For me, it’s the time I spend on my side hustle.
Whatever you’re doing, if you find you’re being distracted during the day and not getting it done, or getting it done well, try getting up at 5 a.m. and see if your work improves!