In our increasingly demanding lives, not having enough time is becoming an ever-growing grumble so what are we doing about it?
Well it seems there’s a new breed among us who know the secret to getting ahead both personally and professionally: rising early. Before the rest of us have even unearthed ourselves from bed, these early risers have cleared their inboxes, written blogs, attended breakfast networking meetings and even exercised.
Numerous studies have found that morning larks are more proactive and productive, can anticipate problems and minimise them more efficiently, and are better planners, using their morning quiet time for goal setting and diary planning, all resulting in greater success at work and increased personal satisfaction. Plus they apparently happier than night owls! Do you agree?
There’s something to be said for tackling the to-do list before the hustle and bustle of life and work commences. And I know I’m definitely more focused earlier in the day than later on – say 3/4pm.
Some famous faces who are generally up and out of bed by 4am are President Obama, Apple CEO Tim Cook, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Getting up early is all well and good, as long as you go to bed early too. Otherwise over time lack of sleep will counteract all the plus points of being an early riser – think health problems, irritability, obesity etc.
So what do you think? Does the thought of getting up at 5am to tackle your to-do list fill you with dread? It does me, so for the foreseeable future I think I will be content with just saying ‘there’s just not enough hours in the day’……