I’m sure that you will have heard the adage, “the early bird catches the worm”. And this popular saying is just as meaningful in business as it is in everyday life! In fact, lots of company owners find that it is their mantra and something that can really help them to boost their business.
For most entrepreneurs, there are never enough hours in the day, and it can often feel like we are left scrambling to find the time to get everything done! But if you wake up even just one hour earlier every weekday, you will find that you have plenty of time in your day.
So, why exactly is it so useful to set your alarm clock that little bit earlier? Here are some of the great benefits that come with early mornings.
More Time For Exercise
When we are busy in our professional and social lives, our exercise routine is often the first thing that goes! But that doesn’t have to be the case if you start to get up earlier. In fact, just getting up one hour earlier will give you plenty of time to fit in a run or hit the gym before you have to leave for the office. There are many advantages of exercising in the morning, one of which is that it will help you feel a lot more energized through the whole day!
Time To Manage Your Contractors
When we are at work, we often can only focus on one thing at a time, and that is whatever we are currently working on. That means that the work we ourselves aren’t focused on, such as the jobs and tasks that we have outsourced, often get forgotten about. But if you start to get up an hour or two earlier, you will be able to manage all your contractors. You’ll now have plenty of time to send over another brief to the digital marketing agency who you are currently working with, or you could shoot off some important documents to your accountant. And then you don’t have to think about managing your contractors for the rest of the day!
Gives You Time To Effectively Plan Your Day
It is absolutely crucial that all business owners have a day to day plan to help them keep on top of everything in their business. This can be as simple as a daily to-do list or could be as complex as a business plan. That extra hour each morning can give you plenty of time to sit down and carefully think about what needs to go in your plan. It also gives you lots of time to sit down and reassess all your current company and personal goals.
Eat A Good Breakfast
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I still know lots of entrepreneurs and business owners who don’t have a good breakfast. Most of them simply grab a coffee and bagel as they rush to the office! But once you start to get up early, you will have plenty of time to prepare a healthy and nutritious breakfast at home before you leave for the day. Not sure what to make for breakfast? One super healthy choice is oatmeal and fresh fruit!
Work On Side Projects
Every entrepreneur has many different projects on the go at any one time. Even if you work full-time at your company, I’m sure you will be busy with other things, such as smaller businesses or voluntary work. You will be a right little busy bee because of all these different jobs! And that extra hour in the morning can come in handy for working on these other projects that aren’t related to your main job or company. You will find that you have a lot more energy in the morning compared to when you get home each evening, so it’s the best time to get to work on them. And then, once you have spent your hour working on these tasks, you can forget about them and focus on your main company!
So, as you can see, there are many advantages and benefits that come with setting your alarm a little earlier each morning. But, for most people, the prospect of getting up even earlier could be far from appealing! You might be thinking that it will leave you far too tired for work and all your management responsibilities as an owner. But if you follow these steps, you will find that getting up early isn’t as hard as you might think!
Think About Your Ideal Morning
When you imagine your perfect morning, what do you see? Is it a carefully planned few hours in which you prepare all your work for the day ahead? Or maybe you get the chance to go for a run and read the daily newspaper properly instead of just skimming the headlines? Once you get your ideal morning into your head, you will have a great reason why you should get up earlier. And this can be a great motivation.
Build The Habit Slowly
Our habits and rituals can be very hard to change, especially if we have had them a very long time. So, rather than trying to get up a lot earlier to begin with, you should start to push back your alarm by ten minutes each day. Before you know it, you will be getting up a lot earlier and will arrive in the office very early!
So, waking up earlier might not be as hard as you think. And you certainly won’t feel as tired as you think you might through the day! Hopefully, all of the benefits it will bring to your business will certainly make you consider setting your alarm earlier each morning. Before you know if, your business might have grown before your very eyes. And that could be all because you have added on an extra hour to your days!
Remember to set your alarm earlier tonight before you get into bed!
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