How to add 8 more years to your life

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”

What if I told you that there is one habit that will catapult you to success and add years to your life!  It is the one habit that is practiced by 99% of all successful people since ancient times.  And if followed diligently can add over eight years of productive time to your life over the course of 50 years!

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
~Benjamin Franklin

It almost sounds like a gimmick I know. But if you do the math just waking up at 5 am every morning instead of 7 am while still going to bed at the same time will add 4.1 years of 24 hours productive time over the course of 50 years. Now if you divide that 24 hours into a regular 12-hour working day you get over eight years of extra time in the course of 50 years!

And keep in mind this is not the typical eight years of farting around. If you use this time, productively this is eight years of highly focused energy and concentration. There is no goal you could not accomplish if you spend the best time of the day working towards it.

Benefits of waking up early

  • Increased productivity.

  • Jedi-like focus.

  • Fewer distractions.

  • Calmness of mind.

Ok, so far so good you might say.  But how do I drag my behind out of my cozy bed at 5, 4 or even 3 am?  Don’t fret my young padawan it is easier than you think:

5 Steps to becoming an early riser

Step 1: Have a burning desire to become successful.

Let’s face it. If you are not motivated by something that fires you up it is going to be tough to get out of bed early. Everything starts with having the desire to achieve success. When you have this desire, the following steps is easy to implement to take your life to the next level.

Step 2: Go to bed the same time every night.

I go to bed between 9 and 10 pm every night.  This helps your body adjust better when you wake up early.  Success is largely a process of following a productive routine.

Step 3: Wake up at the same time every morning.

It goes without saying that you should wake up the same time every morning as well. I wake up at 2:50 am on most mornings. Which gives me roughly 5 hours of sleep per night.

Step 4: Take a cold shower as soon as you are up.

I have written before about the benefits of taking a cold shower. And believe me, it is the one thing that will wake you up and fire you up to do your best work in the early hours of the morning.

Step 5: Have a spouse or partner that supports you or at least understand why you are doing it.

Let’s face it. Most people hate waking up early. But you are not most people. That is why you are reading this post.  It is extremely rare to find partners that are both so fired up with the desire to become successful that both will wake up at 3 am and tackle the world together.

My fiance hates waking up early. And I get allot of flack for doing it. But at least she understands that I am doing it for her as well as for the family we plan to have one day.

Don’t keep hitting that snooze button!

Many people can wake up at 3 am but then keep hitting the snooze button on their phone for the next 3 hours. Sounds familiar?  I have done it myself.  And this just makes you more tired in the end.

The best remedy for this is to get out of bed immediately. Even leaving your alarm across the room can work like a charm. It will force you to walk across and switch it off.  Then the battle is almost won.  Either continue to the kettle or shower.  And when you get into that routine it will become easier still.

Now it is time for ACTION!

When you finally out of bed and in front of your computer or desk to do the work, don’t play around.  You have two hours or so to be very productive without any distractions. Use this time to its full potential. Here are three tips I use to get the most done during my morning hours.

  • Have a countdown timer. You can use your phone or a free app on your PC. I use one that is simply called Timer.
  • Know what you have to do before starting:  Don’t waste time figuring out what to do in the morning.  Have your worked already planned out the previous day.  It will help you so much with productivity.
  • Utilize Parkinson’s law to the full to achieve the maximum of output in the minimum of time.

Well, friends, that is that.  Become an early riser and see some improvements in your life.  Please feel free to leave comments and tips on how you utilize the early hours of the mornings to achieve success.

Yours in Health and Prosperity.

Edward Krüger

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