Waking Up Early

Note to my future self..

This is why you decided to wake up every morning at 4:30am.

I feel that this is a controversial topic for many people and there are a lot of opinions on the internet at to why you should and you shouldn’t wake up at super early every day. I will preface this post by saying that I don’t think every one should wake up at this time or anything close. I’ve found this to be the optimal time for me and this might change over time.

Now that that is out of the way I would like to say that they reason why I wake up so early is very simple.

Waking up early defines how I start my day and my subsequent actions throughout the day.

By waking up early I’ve started the day on “the right foot”. It’s the first decision in a series of decisions throughout my day that will end up defining whether I had a good day or a bad day. In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear does a great job at illustrating this idea:

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Furthermore, waking up early has this kind of cognitive boost in my whereby I feel happy just because of the fact that I could wake up early. This cognitive boost carries me throughout the day, which is great. However, I’ve noticed that the opposite is true (although to a lesser degree). Waking up late definitely makes me feel like I’ve messed up.

On a closing remark I will say that previously I used to like waking up early because it made me feel that I had an “edge” over other people. The idea in my head was that while everyone else is waking up at 7-9am I got a “head start” by waking up at 5. This argument kinda makes sense. The problem is that I also have to go to sleep earlier than most people AND more importantly outworking everyone else is a dumb strategy for accomplishing your goals. The ROI from pure hustle doesn’t compare to figuring out the best problem to work on. Another example of where direction matter more than speed. Still thought it will be valuable to mention it(:

Now back to work..