Here’s Why You Need To Make “Waking Up Earlier Everyday” Your New Year’s Resolution In 2013
Do you enjoy staying up until all hours of the night? Is your idea of “waking up early” rolling out of bed before noon? Do you regularly eat lunch (or even dinner) for “breakfast”? Then, we’ve got some news for you: You need to make “wake up earlier everyday” your New Year’s resolution this year. Or, at the very least, you need to make it a point to try and get your behind out of bed at a reasonable time moving forward.
Why? Well, earlier this year, Inc. put together a story about a new ebook called What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast that Yahoo! just selected as one of its best articles of 2012. And, after reading it, we can see why. The piece focuses on the habits of those who wake up early every morning to do different activities, like exercising, reading, and cleaning up around the house, before the rest of world wakes up. And, it shows how many successful people, including major CEOs, regularly wake up early to get a good start to their day. In doing so, the piece points out how those people are then able to squeeze so much more into their day simply by getting ahead of themselves in the morning.
“Seizing your morning is the equivalent of that sound financial advice to pay yourself before you pay your bills,” Laura Vanderkam, the author of the book, writes. “If you wait until the end of the month to save what you have left, there will be nothing left over. Likewise, if you wait until the end of the day to do meaningful but not urgent things like exercise, pray, read, ponder how to advance your career or grow your organization, or truly give your family your best, it probably won’t happen. If it has to happen, then it has to happen first.”
She makes some good points. And, she has me thinking about waking up an hour or two earlier every day in order to get things done more efficiently throughout the day. Do you think you could put this technique to practice, too? Or, do you value your sleep too much? And, if you’re not planning on doing this, what is your New Year’s resolution for 2013? Let us know in the comments section below.