When you wake up has more to do with your level of success than you might think.
Lying in bed, reading my news feeds last Saturday morning at 5AM, I stumbled across a very interesting article on Entrepreneur.com. It was titled, “Yes, You Can Sleep In and Still Be Successful.”
That caught my eye because most of the things I hear and read are about how most successful people wake up early. In fact, I heard it so much that I reprogrammed myself from a sleeper-in-er to an early bird-er.
At the age of 42 (and most of my life before then), I slept from midnight to 8am. I told myself that was just my normal sleep schedule and nothing could be done about it, no matter how many successful people woke up early.
Then, Amelia and I took a vacation to The Dominican Republic, which is 2 time zones east of my Mountain Time here in Denver, CO. And for most of the week, we woke up to see the sun rise over the ocean. That meant I was getting up at 3am Mountain Time.
After returning home, I was seriously jet lagged. It took me several days to sleep in to 4:30am. That’s when I decided to stop the readjustment and give this “early to rise” concept a try.
Surprisingly, I found it very easy to wake up early, especially by adhering to my rule of going to bed early. I’m usually in bed between 9 and 9:30pm. That’s the key to getting up early: go to bed early.
But the real question you’re probably dying to have answered is, “Are you more productive now that you get up early?”
The answer is an unequivocal YES!
By waking up early, I’m able to get 2 hours of uninterrupted work done while my mind is at its freshest before anyone has a chance to bother me.
I used to put in those 2 hours at night between 8 and 10pm, but guess what, I was FAR from fresh during those hours. In fact, I was pretty worn out by then, which meant I was much less productive. In other words, I got less done during the same amount of time.
People ask me all the time how I get so much done. They ask me if I ever sleep. I tell them, “Yes, I sleep. But I wake up really early. How about you?”
Items Mentioned in this Video
- Yes, You Can Sleep In and Still Be Successful by Meredith Fineman
- The Power of Mornings: Why Successful Entrepreneurs Get Up Early by Lisa Evans
- 29 Successful People Who Wake Up Really Early by Max Nisen
- How I Get So Much Done (personal info) by Craig Ballantyne
Hi, I am JP Stonestreet, the new business energizer. This weekend, as I was lying in bed on Saturday morning, about 5 a.m. (that’s what time I usually get up, some time between 4:30 and 5 a.m.), I was reading my news feeds and I saw an article that was titled, “Yes, You Can Sleep In and Still Be Successful.” This piqued my interest because I used to be the type of person who slept-in, but now I am not, now I get up extra-early so that I can be more successful because that’s what everybody tells you, right? You have to get up early to be successful.
So, I read this article, it was very curious to me and they listed a couple of people that you might have heard of. I will put links to this article on my website, so you can go there and read it for yourself, but couple of people you might recognize who sleep-in and are very successful. So, I thought well may be there is something to this, may be I am getting up early for no good reason at all. So, I went and looked. I can’t find a list of people who sleep-in, but I can find lot’s of lists of very successful people like Richard Branson and CEOs from a bunch of different companies that all get up early and these people get up, all of them before 5 a.m., some of them as early as 3:30 in the morning like the CEO of Starbucks gets up at 3:30 a.m. These people are really successful and there is extremely long list of people who get up extra-early.
I said before I used to sleep-in. Until I was 42 years old, I slept-in. My sleep schedule was about midnight to 8 a.m. was what was the ideal sleep time for me and I think I programmed that in college and really just I never got away from it. When I had a corporate job for years, I used to sleep till 7. I’d get up at 7 and be at work by 8 and I always thought “Man, this is a great thing about being an entrepreneur is I can sleep-in and get up whenever I want to,” but you know what? I am more productive now that I get up early and you want to know how I fixed that, how I changed it. I went on vacation to The Dominican Republic with Amelia about 4 to 5 months ago and the jet lag when I came back I was getting up early, I was just waking up early because we woke up almost every morning in The Dominican Republic, which is I think 3 hours east of here and we would get up every morning to see the sunrise across the ocean. So, I was getting up early at 6 a.m. that time, which was about 3 a.m. my home time.
So, when I got home, I was pretty jet lagged and I started waking up at 4:30 in the morning without an alarm and so I thought “I am going to take advantage of this jet lag and just see if it really works, if I am more productive and if I get up early.” And guess what? I was. I was a lot more productive. I get up between 4:30 and 5 (actually I shouldn’t say get up), I lie bed, I check my e-mail, I read the news, I check my social media feeds. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Then I get up, have breakfast, and I am working by 6 a.m. and I get far more done between 6 and 8 a.m. than I ever got done between 8 and 10 p.m., which is when I used to work. I used to work at night, but I was tired. At the end of the day, I was tired, I wasn’t able to focus 100 percent of my energy like I am at 6 in the morning when I am perfectly refreshed, my brain is ready to go full of energy.
So, I encourage you to embrace this concept of getting up early. Check out a website called EarlyToRise.com. Craig Ballantyne talks all about the benefits of getting up early and how it improves your productivity and affects the success of your business and your life in general. Try getting up early. I promise you that you are going to enjoy it if you give it enough time and if you can start off by going East on a vacation and then when you come back, don’t readjust your schedule, you are going to thank me, you are going to be so much more productive and successful in your business and your life in general. Just do it, embrace it. Get up early just like most of the successful people around the world do.