Go to Bed Early. You’ll Get So Much Done Tomorrow.

Face it — we just aren’t getting enough sleep. The average adult is getting about 6.8 hours of sleep. That’s 40% less than what is recommended. Something needs to change. There are plenty of articles out there about how to get up early_ and we’ll get to that in a second. But just as important is why rising early is great for you.

It all comes down to this: you have more time to get things done. “Everyone has 24 hours in the day, what matters is what you do with it” may be overstated, but it’s true. The person next to you at work who always seems to have it together isn’t a magician. In all likelihood, they’re just starting their day earlier.

Let’s say you have a goal, and let’s assume you need to be at work around nine. Depending on your commute time, you may be waking up in the morning and feeling like you’re racing against the clock. Oh! It’s 8:00, you think. Alright, I can either shower now or eat breakfast… no time to do both. I don’t want to go to work smelling weird, so let me hop in the bathroom. I guess I’ll just stop out of the door for a sweet bun for breakfast. Why do I feel so sluggish when I get to work?

You slog through the work day and dream about going for a workout when you get home. Maybe you’ll work on that outside project, too! But your lack of productivity causes you to work just a little bit late… so you get home later than expected. Why go to the gym now? I’m just so tired. I can get away with ordering in and watching Netflix for a while…

Before you know it, it’s past midnight and you feel just as sluggish as you did at 8AM.

I’m not saying you need to wake at the crack of dawn. But chiseling out even one extra hour for a hard task can work wonders. Vigorous exercise in the morning means you won’t have that struggle when you get home. Or maybe you want to spend that time reading — getting ideas for work and putting them into action. What matters most about rising early isn’t what you do with that time. What matters is getting rid of the feeling that you’re still waking up at 10 in the morning. By the time you get to work you’re not in a prime mindset, and you’re working for someone else. Just doing one thing you want to do in the morning gives a sense of control over your mind, your body, and your entire day.

Break the cycle. Get to bed early.