Take Back Your Time – Become an Early Riser

More than anything else you can do, becoming an early riser is a keystone habit that is an absolute must-do if you want to take back your time and your life. If you wake up 10 minutes before you have to leave for work running out door with a Pop Tart in your mouth, your life will never be your own. You will never feel like you have enough time. Never. If you’re interested in optimizing your life and taking back your time, read on.

How does it feel when you start the day with an ambitious to-do list only to have it derailed by interruptions, unexpected events, and other people’s bullshit? It feels bad, it’s frustrating, it feels like our life is spent as the handmaiden of others, as the grunt toiling away at building another man’s fortune.

How do we get off this hamster wheel and start moving forward? How do we stay on top of the everyday must-do bullshit of life and still keep our commitments to ourselves?

The answer is by becoming an early riser. I mean early. 5 AM is good. Earlier is even better if you can pull it off.

If you wake up earlier than almost everyone else, you’ll find that you have the time and energy to pursue your goals and dreams. You’ll be amazed how fast you start accomplishing things. It’s often said that we all overestimate what we can do in a day and drastically underestimate what we can do in a year. Even just half an hour a day of completely uninterrupted time can catapult you toward achieving your goals or building the habits to want to build.

Not all of us have well-defined goals, we’re too busy. With work and household chores and family obligations we don’t even have the time to think about what are dreams or goals are, much less pursue them. Becoming an early riser is the answer to this problem. Having that quiet, focused time each day to reflect, will allow you to tap into your dreams and also appreciate what you already have. You’ll be able to ask yourself questions like, what do I really enjoy about my life right now? What do l wish were different? Just by having the time to let your mind ponder these types of questions you’ll start to notice that goals will organically emerge.

So now I want you to imagine yourself waking up early, say 4:30 or 5:00 every day. After a few weeks it becomes the new normal and it’s no harder than it was to wake up at 6:00 or 7:00. Remember how early we all thought that 9 AM class was back in college? It wasn’t, we were just lazy, undisciplined and unfocused. But no more.

Now you have this hour or two to yourself, before the events of the day have a chance to interrupt and distract you. Maybe you spend half an hour working out before hitting the shower. Normally working out is tough because you’re tired after work. Much easier to sit on the couch like a fat slob eating hot pockets and watching America’s Next Top Model. But that is not the person any of us want to be.

You still have over an hour before your day “officially” starts so you start thinking about that vacation to Costa Rica that you always wanted to take, but never got around to planning. So you go to a few websites and get prices for hotels and airfare. You jot down some thoughts on when you should take the trip, what you might want to do there, and you’ve got the beginnings of a vacation plan.

You spend the rest of the time, sketching out ideas for that side business you always wanted to start, but just never got around to thinking about.

There you have it. You’re day hasn’t even really started yet and it’s already a success.

Give it try. For the next thirty days, become an early riser and wake up an hour earlier than you do now. You’ll be amazed at the impact on your life.

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