Rise & Shine! It’s another day we have to work towards our goals and dreams. Waking up at 5am or even 6am can be challenging at times. With International Women’s Day approaching this Sunday, it’s the perfect time to focus on our Girl Boss abilities. Waking up at 5am will have its own separate post (in the near future), but no matter what time you rise, it’s in your power to make it a productive day. The key is self-discipline (also a challenge) such as going to sleep the same time each night and avoiding blue light an hour before bed.
Why rising early can be beneficial:
- No distractions while the rest of the world is still asleep
- One article by Facer-Childs et al. (2019) in the Sleep journal found varying degrees of attentional focus throughout the day between night owls and early risers. A good night’s sleep and early start found increased concentration.
- You set up a positive tone for the day by not being rushed to get to work
- Your mornings are for your interests. You have the ability to have a slow and calming start, or to jump into a sweaty workout. No 9-5 work needs your attention
- Let the creative juices flow – if you have blog work or university readings to do, you can get ahead of it now
- You can see the sunrise and feel warmth with the elements of the earth
5 ways to have a productive morning:
1. Plan your morning the night before
Having a plan will help you get the most out of your morning. You’ll know what it is you want to do. As a result, you’ll have a purpose for getting up early the next morning, which is usually an essential factor for those waking up at 5am. A plan doesn’t need to be strict, but you may decide you want a slow morning with tea and meditation. Or you might pack your gym bag and lay out your workout clothes, so you’re ready to go straight to the gym in the morning. Having a general idea of your tasks the next morning will allow you to prepare accordingly and stick to it.
2. Your night routine matters
As well as planning, a night routine and good night’s sleep may affect how productive you are in the morning. Avoid blue light before bed as this has several disruptive effects, most commonly melatonin secretion. Melatonin lets your body know it’s time for bed, so the secretion of it may affect your sleep.
Furthermore, going to bed a similar time each night and waking up at the same time each morning is important for our body’s inner clock.
3. Get up on time
It’s all too easy to hit snooze. But if you follow the 2 steps above, you’ll have a plan, and a purpose for hopping out of bed as the alarm goes off. Remember that this feeling of tiredness will pass as you get your body moving, and your day started. If it’s your first time waking up at 5am, give yourself time to adjust and keep at it to see if it’s right for you. No matter what time of day you wake up, sometimes it can be tough, so listen to your body and do what is most appropriate.
4. Minimise distractions
That popular saying that we are our own worst enemy is true. Just because there’s no one distracting you via calls or emails, doesn’t mean you can’t distract yourself. Stay off social media first thing in the morning. Grab a book and read a few pages instead, or do a 1-page journal brain dump. You could set aside 30 minutes later in the day to satisfy that social media craving, then return to other important tasks (unless of course, social media is your business!).
5. Start the most important task of the day
While your mind is fresh, you may feel up to jumping right into a job that needs to be done. I sometimes complete readings I need doing before class. In the morning, I digest the information better, and it saves me from doing it another time when I’d rather be doing something else. As Canadian-American public speaker, Brian Tracy wrote in his book,
“The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you seem to be naturally motivated to continue.”
As International Women’s Day approaches, it is a reminder to uplift and empower each other, including yourself! You don’t need to run your own business to be a Girl Boss! It is a state of mind. If you can wake up, have a productive day, ranging from important tasks to self-care, then you are your own boss!