early riser

I ended up in social media hole the other day. Halfway through the hellscape of useless information, I read an article about when successful people start their day. From there I branched off into another article about how early-risers (or morning people) tend to be more successful in their lives. I find it to be bullshit, but it’s an interesting read because I am an early-riser.

That’s an odd statement to write, because I was never a morning person until recently. When I say recently, I mean within the last five years.

I don’t think that waking up earlier makes me more successful. I’m not very successful. However, I do find that it has some benefits regarding my own self-esteem and confidence. These so-called benefits are listed below for your careful scrutiny.

  1. I enjoy beating others to the punch.
    • I wake up at 5:40am, get dressed, jog to the gym, workout, come home, shower, and eat breakfast. I love the fact that I have finished an entire morning routine before most people have opened their eyes. I feel like I am set up to be productive because I have finished a lot of things before the sun is up.
  2. I thrive on routine.
    • I used to be a person who was very comfortable running through life without a plan. It was easy for me to be directionless. That has since worn off. Now, I have a strict list of things that must be done during the day. Waking up early enables me to get all of those things finished and still have time for myself and my partner. If I don’t wake up early, I can’t check off everything that needs to be done.
  3. I need time to myself.
    • I am obsessed with my fitness and diet. But working out and waking up early also gives me an opportunity to have me-time. I’ve shared how small my current apartment is and making time to be alone, in my head is hugely important to my own mental wellness. That meditative time makes things work better in other places of my life.
  4. I’m following my idols
    • One of my biggest mentors would wake up at 4:30am in order to write. He felt that with his family and teaching load and all of life’s other unknowns, he was better off making sure he had the time available to be creative in the morning. I don’t write in the morning often. It usually happens for me in the evening, but I am also pretty adverse to “routine.” I write when I have time to write. That said, I always found it telling that this practice of writing was so significant that this person would wake up so early just to make sure they could fit it into their day. I like to think that I am doing the same. Sure, I am not writing. But part of my routine centers around the importance of making sure there is time to write.

This list is all well and good, but there’s not one tried-and-true road to success. Waking up early is not going to instantly give you the tools you need to radically change your life. In fact, it may just make you tired.

However, when your lifestyle aligns with who you are there is a great chance for success (at least I hope, because I am slightly successful at best).


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