Snoozing is losing

Good morning.

The reason I will be sending these emails at 4:40 am is that that’s when I get up. 

That means that as soon as I have a cold glass of water, this email has already been sent and my work for the day has begun.

It’s also early enough that many people will see it first thing in the morning. If you are struggling with a bit of motivation to get out of bed, you can always open your inbox and make sure I am sticking to my daily commitment.

People often ask me how I get up so early, the answer is simple: I’m asleep by 10 pm.

I think early risers are amped up for no particular reason. Some people say "I could never do that" but that's likely not the case. 

When you consider how early I go to bed, 4:40 am really isn’t that impressive.

Is it hard?

Not really. I love being up early and getting a jump start on my work. 

When I was training clients in the gym, it was awesome to leave the gym at 10 am, knowing I had four hours of work done for the day.

Now, without the need to be somewhere super early, I want to take the chance to get a start on my work before the inevitable distractions and temptations of the early day.

You must be so disciplined?

Kind of… but also not really.

I think that early rising helps me require less discipline throughout the day. Because I was up and working when the temptations weren’t there, I didn’t have to resist them, which makes focus easier.

Personally, I would have to be more disciplined to get up later, and then avoid temptations to reply to text messages and emails, or head out for a quick walk to ‘clear my head’ (read: procrastinate).

What time you wake up doesn’t matter - simply find whatever works well for you.

However, one thing I do care about is getting up when the alarm sounds, and never hitting the snooze button. 

Your alarm is an agreement you made with yourself at some point in the past, be it the night before, or prior to that.

When you hit that button, you are breaking that agreement, whether you get up five minutes or five hours later.

When you keep that agreement, your first action of the day is a win, which sets the scene for more wins. 

Does it guarantee the perfect day?

Of course, not.

But even if the day is horrible, you can get into bed that night knowing you kept the promise, tomorrow is a new day, and you’re going to start it right - just like today!

Tom Fitzgerald