The only way to be productive and successful in life is to get up at the crack of dawn – or so the story goes. But according to the recent findings of Bryan Lufkin, early rising efficiency is not a one-size-fits-all situation.
Being successful means,you have to wake up early – or so we’re regularly told.
Waking up early makes you more productive. Celebrities and CEOs, they all do it. You’ll be stronger and better-off. You’ll feel in control of your life.
But despite the downpour of such talks, getting up at an unreasonable hour isn’t some sort of enchanted productivity hack that will explain and solve your time-management troubles. For some, it can even be the opposite of being productive.
The key here is to find a routine that suits your condition. Here are some everlasting tips that can aid you to cut through the noise and come up with a wake-up strategy that is going to work for you.
Benefits of getting up early:
There can be a lot of them – at least, as per to the people who get up at dawn.
Many people quote that there are less disruptions during the early hours as the kids or the rest of the family is probably still asleep during that time and you’ll probably be getting fewer texts or emails at that time.
When asked, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he rises at 03:45 to start looking at his emails in California before his East Coast colleagues can (which, at 06:45, is still fairly early in its own right). According to Oprah Winfrey, she gets up at 06:02 in the morning every day for meditation, contemplation and exercise before starting work at 09:00 a.m. The most extreme case is of Mark Wahlberg, who wakes up at 02:30 a.m to workout, play golf, pray and recover in a -100C cryochamber.
Reports have also proposed early rising and success might be connected. People who wake up early are more in sync with the traditional corporate schedules and incline to have more proactive personalities, which might lead to better grades in school or higher wages on the job.
Can getting up early ever be counterproductive?
Yes it can be. Especially if you don’t usually wake up super early and then are trying to hop on some kind of productivity bandwagon.
“People say: ‘Oh, this CEO is doing his 05:00 regimen, I’m going to hop on and do this on Mondays and Fridays,’ “said Rachel Salas, an associate professor of neurology who specializes in sleep medicine and sleep disorders at Johns Hopkins University in the US. “But that’s not consistent [sleep]. You’re messing with your system.”
She further adds that receiving a full night’s sleep and getting the same amount of sleep at the same time each night is both essential. An even worse scenario according to her would be if you’re actually decreasing sleep to become an early riser. So, if early rising means cutting sleep then don’t do it. Salas states she’s had patients visit her clinic who got by on reduced sleep in their 20s and 30s, but wrestled as they got older, their lifestyles changed and they had kids.
What you should do?
After conducting various experiments, experts clearly state not to listen to vocal thought-leaders or LinkedIn influencers and motivators – contemplate upon what is best for you and your lifestyle. And, hey, maybe that even might mean waking up super early after all.
In order to lay down the particulars of a daily routine, pay close attention to when you feel the most tired and most awake during the day. When on holiday, jot down on a note of the times you fall asleep and wake up naturally. Try to sync your schedule to those times, as that’s how you’ll tap into most of your natural energy for the day ahead.
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13 November, 2019