I’ve just read an interesting article on the correlation between getting up early and productivity – this is something I really struggle with, I understand the theory, and even once or twice felt the benefit, but being a youth worker I find it much easier to stay up late at night – your mind is buzzing after a long night of youth work – it’s near impossible to be in bed for 11.00pm every night.

Here are some interesting snippets from the 99% article:

  • Early risers tend to have a more proactive – and thus productive – mindset…
  • If you’re getting up early, you probably already have a good idea of what you want to accomplish that day – otherwise it would be hard to motivate to get up in the first place.
  • Being an early riser also indicates a natural affinity for ritual and discipline – both key traits of especially productive people.
  • You accomplish tons of meaningful work before most people even get started – allowing you to coast through the rest of your day with a sense of achievement and significantly less anxiety.
  • Though evening people do have some advantages… they’re out of sync with the typical corporate schedule. When it comes to business success, morning people hold the important cards.

For me …

  • For the most part, staying up late is when I blog and watch pointless TV
  • I get very grumpy if I don’t feel like I’ve been productive during my day, even if I’m on holiday.
  • I’m not a “natural” early riser.
  • I know if I could create more a discipline in this area it would have a big positive impact in many other areas in my life.

How about you? Are you an early riser?  If so, is it natural for you?  If not, how did you develop the discipline to do it?

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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