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4 Advantages of Starting Your Day Early

1. Your brain is at its best

Your brain is rested, serviced and restored in the night and is in its best. You get the best work done before 10:00 a.m. your most creative thoughts, best insights and clearest analysis happen well before lunch. Many high capacity leaders start the day early. Research tells that morning people do better than the night owls.

Your most important asset as a leader is your mind. And your brain just does better when it’s fresh and rested. Sleep is the most important leadership weapon no one talks about. By working early you utilize your brain to do the most important work when it is at its best.

Even naps are powerful and can reset your brain during the day.

2. You beat the rush hour

Work patterns are similar to road traffic. At 5 a.m. you have the road to yourself.  But at 8 a.m., it could take you three times to cover the same distance. When you start the day early you cannot only beat the road traffic but also in life.

Less important works like shopping can be done at off-hours. Off-season travel saves your money and your time also. And we end up having more time to do what is important. No one will call or text you at 5:30 a.m. no one emails you for you an urgent response at 6:15 a.m. You’ve got the work lane all to yourself, which means you can work uninterrupted. You can think uninterrupted. You can actually accomplish all your most important tasks completely distraction-free. Any other time of the day, people are trying to communicate with you. Working when no one else is working gives you a distinct advantage. But

3. Your stress is over

Your most important work is finished. Do you know what’s fascinating about life? The feeling that you have finished it all. Starting early eliminates the push and pull of the workday. Plus you’ll be far more kind and gracious when you interact with your colleagues and people because you’re already done.

Stress is the thought that you have not finished. By starting early, you accomplish your priorities and are be available to help others with theirs.

You already have a series of wins under your belt. Sometimes all you need is an encouragement. Starting early gives you that win.

You have come up with that great idea. You discovered that new strategy. You wrote that chapter you were not expecting to write. You got the meeting organized, which was slipping always. You have finished that thesis ahead of time. With one or two wins under your belt, the rest of the day is much easier.

4. You have more time

Not only is SOMETHING done before 10:00 a.m., if you plan well, but the entire work for the day is also finished by noon.

The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.

MSP 21:25

The later period of the day can be utilized in meetings, answering emails and doing other tasks that require less mental energy. Even if the day after 12 noon doesn’t go well, the big stuff is already accomplished. Which means you’re kind of already done for the day.

Think about what that could mean to you and the people you love: When you start early, you get your evenings back, your weekends back and your life back. Because your big work is … done.

So how can you become a morning person?

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