Waking up early - 1


Neha Somani

Organizational & Counselling Psychologist

We all have heard of the popular saying, ‘The early bird catches the worm’. This phrase is fast becoming the mantra of modern day living. In fact, successful people all across the globe have cited it as their secret to success and management experts have hailed it as a great tool to extract the most out of our day. Robin Sharma, a celebrated management guru and best-selling author talks about the benefits of waking up early in his latest book, ‘The 5 AM Club.’ He opines how early risers have an edge over their counterparts.

Let us learn how joining the 5 AM club will prove to be the best productivity hack ever and have a ripple effect that influences all areas of our life.

1. Starting slow and steady

Change is scary. Even if we are not early risers, we can make a few changes in our life so that we can get a head start on the world. We will not magically wake up at 5 a.m. feeling like a ball of energy on the first day itself. It will take time. We can take one day at a time and slowly we will get there.

2. Listing the takeaways

Waking up early is just not about dragging the body out of the bed. It is also about getting our mind to work and give maximum output. The human mind is a magical tool. If we can lure it to see the mega benefits of getting up early, half our job is done. Eventually, our body will get accustomed to the change and soon we will wake up feeling energized. Making a list of benefits and keeping it in a place where we can see it regularly is extremely helpful. The list can have takeaways like:

a. Getting extra time
b. Being able to exercise/go for a walk
c. Catching up on pending emails before the day starts
d. Making a to-do list
e. Reading
f. Working on a dream project (writing a book, painting, etc.)

We all need extra time. Waking up at 5 AM every day will give us a huge chunk of extra time.

Remember Robin Sharma’s words: “Take excellent care of the front end of your day, and the rest of your day will pretty much take care of itself. Own your morning. Elevate your life.” 

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