It looks like the internet is full of motivated early risers all of a sudden. Everywhere I look there’s articles, think pieces, and Youtube videos about why you have to get up at 5:00am every morning in order to be productive. They all say how you need to wake up before sunrise to really be productive enough to call yourself a successful freelancer.
I’ve been waking up very regularly before 5:00am for years and years. It’s something I naturally started doing after working for a coffee shop while starting to attend college. Now, even on days when I don’t necessarily need to be waking up all that early, I still find myself waking up before my alarm. Is it a good feeling? It definitely is after my first cup of coffee, that’s for sure.
That isn’t where my motivation or my achievements throughout the day come from, though. Getting up early isn’t some hack to becoming a successful creator or business expert. Beating the sunrise isn’t suddenly going to change the person that you already are. If you’re a lazy person, now you’re just going to be lazy at 5:00am. And for a long time, I was exactly that.
The reason getting up early is something you might want to look into, though is because of what it represents.
I know, this is where you insert your eye roll. But it’s true. The act of getting up early doesn’t change anything about how you work, but it’s about getting yourself into the habit of being disciplined even when something is uncomfortable.
Yes, waking up and getting out of bed is never the highlight of someone’s day, but if you can be in control of how you start your day, you are going to be way more likely to feel in control of everything else. It’s the same idea as cold showers or exercise. It’s about the discipline, not necessarily the action itself. And really, when you think about it, the biggest factor to success is discipline.