There are two kinds of people- one kind is best friends with the rays of the sun, the chirping of the birds and the peace of the dawn. The other kind are unfortunately best friends with the snooze button, incomplete morning rituals and laziness. By now you must have pretty much figured out if you belong to the former group or the latter.
If you belong to the morning tribe, pat yourself on the back because you are one step ahead of the rest of the world. However, if you belong to the nocturnal tribe, then I think it is time for you to reconsider your schedule.
Why the reconsideration you ask? Read on to find the reasons why you should switch to being a morning person at the earliest.
You already have a headstart: While the rest of the world is struggling to get out of bed and make their way to the bathroom, you can enjoy a cup of hot coffee while planning your course of action for the day. With time by your side, you have more control over your to-do list and are more energized to carry out those tasks. According to Phyllis C. Managing Director of Zee, “Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance.”
You have no distractions: Have that pending important task that you are unable to complete due to other important pending tasks? Being an early riser gives you the privilege of working in a distraction-free environment. Distractions like small talk with your colleagues, checking your notifications and emails, and juggling other small tasks are completely swept off the way when you take control over your morning schedule.
You get a sense of achievement: In addition to giving you a headstart, waking up early also ensures that you make the most out of your 24 hours. With a motivated mind and a clear plan of action, you can achieve more in less time. For instance, if you check off your workout in the morning, you can head to work rejoicing that you have at least checked one important thing off your list. This gives you an enhanced sense of achievement which engineers your mind to think and work productively towards the rest of your to-do list.
You get closer to perfection: No matter which working environment you belong to, being alert, attentive and aware always gives you the extra edge. Getting sufficient sleep and waking up on time ensures that you get sufficient time to carry out all your tasks. Doing your tasks with time on your hands allows you pay attention to the minute details which minimizes the scope for lousy work and mistakes.
You make the most out of your day: A day spent productively is a day that is well spent. An early riser gets all his work done before time which allows him to use the rest of his hours the way that he wants to. A morning person can add more productivity to his day by indulging in physical exercise, spending time with family, reading a book, playing golf, etc.
You are happier and healthier: According to a study on sleeping habits by University of Toronto researchers on more than 700 adults, morning people who wake up before 7 am had up to a 25% increase in feelings of happiness, alertness and cheerfulness. In addition to that, a study by genetic testing company 23andMe found that “20% of early risers suffered from insomnia in comparison to 40% of night owls." Lastly, being a morning person boosts up metabolism which reduces unnecessary junk food cravings and aids in weight loss and optimum consumption of energy throughout the day.
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