Everyone knows someone who arrives at the office half an hour before he was scheduled to. It’s not because his bus was early or the streets weren’t crammed. In fact, he has been up for a few hours now, and has even traveled to the gym and went for a jog. And he didn’t rely on a caffeine fix. Now he’s at the office, he’s energetic, catching up on work and scanning through emails. After all, all successful people know that they should get an early start to their day.
In order for you to arrive to work early, you have to wake up early, and this can be a very difficult mission for a lot of people. It’s hard enough waking up at a normal hour. Many people aren’t early birds and it can seem like an eternal battle opening your eyes and getting out of bed an extra hour or two. But it’s really good for both your health and your career. Not only that, but your attitude on life changes. It can be a life-altering event transforming into someone who loves mornings as opposed to someone who detests that alarm clock every morning.
Are you still on the sleepy fence of waking up early and getting to work a little bit earlier? Here are eight benefits of arriving to work before 8:30 a.m.
1. Missing the dreaded morning commute
The weekday morning commute can be one of the most hellacious parts of your day. Instead of being a trip you can enjoy - an hour of introspection, listening to your favorite music and eating a snack - it has turned into a ride of "Mad Max." Oh boy! When you wake up early and get to work earlier, you miss the heavy traffic and numerous cases of road rage. Morning commutes, whether it’s in your car or on public transit, contribute to stress, wrinkles and an array of other health problems. This can place a damper on your day. Nobody wants that.
2. A great start to your day
Let’s take a look at this normal morning for you: you have to get to work at 8:45 a.m. but you woke up at only 8 a.m. You rush into the bathroom to get prepared for the day. You grab whatever clothes you find and look disheveled. You run for the bus, catch it just on time and give everyone a scowl. You get off the bus, run into the coffee shop, purchase a coffee and then quickly walk to the office. You now look like you just competed in the Boston Marathon. That’s not a great way to start your day.
Now, let’s take a look at what an alternative morning for you would look like if you wake up 90 minutes earlier: you have to get to work at 8:45 a.m. so you woke up at 6:30 a.m. You get out of bed, open the curtains and watch the wonders of a sunrise while stretching your body. You waltz into the bathroom and get ready for the upcoming day. You search for an outfit and you look neat. You head into the kitchen and eat a nutritious breakfast with coffee made at home, saving you some dough. You saunter to the bus stop and you’re five minutes early for the bus. You then arrive to work at least 45 earlier checking up on your emails and getting organized for the upcoming day. Now that’s a great way to start your day!
3. Catching early calls and emails
The global economy is 24/7, and it’s quite possible that your business has caught on. Therefore, calls and emails are sent out to your private firm all the time. When you get to work early, you’re able to start calling customers back, replying to emails, sending out messages to colleagues and overall catching up on all the tasks you need to. This is great because now you won’t be rushed at 9 a.m. and you won’t feel a tremendous amount of pressure.
4. Impressing the boss and managers
While everyone else is trying to be the last one to arrive and the first to leave, you’re at your desk doing your work. When the boss and/or managers see this, they’re impressed by your work ethic and dedication to your job. Will they consider you for the next promotion? During times of restructuring, will they keep you on? It’s quite possible. In any case, your early arrival will impress everyone, except maybe your co-workers.
5. Creating a zen atmosphere in the office
There’s something relaxing about a quiet office. When you’re there an hour before everyone else is, it’s your time to produce a zen atmosphere. Peace and quiet are rather rare at the modern corporate office. It’s as rare as a four-leaf clover.
6. A metamorphosis of optimism
Researchers have reported that morning people show positive characteristics, such as optimism, amiability, satisfaction and self-awareness. These are great traits to have in any career. Although we’re constantly told that night owls are intelligent and creative, they tend to be pessimistic, depressed and neurotic - in other words, a bunch of Woody Allens.
Being morose at the office is something most people try to avoid. The negative one is ostracized from everyone else. In a world of tight deadlines, fierce competition and a lot of pressure, more offices need someone with a placid behavior. Early risers tend to exhibit this!
7. Eating breakfast and getting exercise
Our parents always told us that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. It’s true you know. Most nutritionists will concur that breakfast gives you the necessary energy and nutrients to concentrate, be productive and remain healthy at work or school. It’s also important to maintain a healthy body weight. When your belly is filled with food then you’ll be able to focus on your work as opposed to getting a fix of potato chips or a soda.
Exercise, meanwhile, is another benefit of waking up early. Those who are successful in business usually wake up early to get some much needed exercise. It has been found that consistent exercise improves our mood and enhances our fitness levels. It also offers an energy boost throughout our days at work and, most importantly, produces deeper sleep cycles.
Imagine how productive you’ll be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. if you do both these things before arriving to work.
8. A mindset of winning
If you regularly wake up early then you have achieved something that is very hard to do: you have conquered your inner voice. This little man inside of you tells you to hit snooze on your alarm, stay in bed just five more minutes and imbibe a cup of coffee to get you ready for your day. You didn’t listen. Instead, you now have a mindset of winning, a superb attribute for your career.
Indeed, no one has ever said that it’s easy to get out of bed on a cold winter’s day at 6 a.m. But, if you want to get to work early then this is something you’ll have to do. Of course, it won’t happen overnight, but it could be something to achieve over time. Beginning today, try waking up 15 minutes before your normal wake up time. In the following month, wake up 15 minutes before that revised wake up time. And so on. Once you accomplish this, you’ll be a force to be reckoned with at the office.