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Thinking about joining the 5 am club?

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Many high-powered executives, entrepreneurs, and other successful people wake up early so that they are able to use the undisturbed “me time.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger reportedly gets up at 4:15 a.m just so he has quiet time for reflection and exercise before his busy day begins. 

Iger is not alone with 50% of self-made millionaires and 90% of executives getting up before 6 am. Richard Branson reportedly gets up at 5.45 am, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner wakes up at 5.30 am, and Apple CEO Tim Cook gets up at 3.45 am.

Waking up early is great for strategic thinking, planning, or clearing the mind with exercise or meditation.  

Here’s how getting up early and incorporating a morning routine can help you start your day with purpose. 

A positive mindset 

Early risers have more time in their day, and because of this, they tend to accomplish more. This leads to feelings of fulfilment and positivity. 

Waking up doesn’t have to be tough, try jumping out of bed each morning with something that you are excited to start the day for. It may be as simple as thinking about the healthy breakfast you will prepare, your first coffee of the day,  or how lucky you are to be able to take advantage of a couple more hours of daylight. 

Waking up early gives you a chance to work on personal projects, or take much-needed “me time” before going into the office or starting work. 

A clear mind 

The best time to do meditation is just after waking up as the mind remains empty and this makes it easier to concentrate. The deep breathing in and out which comes from meditation is beneficial for your entire body. 

Meditation helps you to create balance, alleviate feelings of stress or anxiety, and gain power over your mind, it even strengthens your immune system. 

Meditation doesn’t have to mean sitting cross-legged on a hessian pillow with your fingers in Mudra, it can simply be taking a moment to breathe in and out, feel grateful for what you have, and relax your body and mind to tackle the day ahead. 

Productivity

How you wake up sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start your day at the right time with the right attitude you will feel good for the rest of the day. 

Having that extra time in the morning allows for a clear head when planning your day and a little bit of extra time to get things done before all the emails and distractions begin.