27 April 2016

How often have you said you are ‘going to sleep on something’ and taken your worries home with you?
We tend to think of the nights as a good time for mulling things over, but it might actually be the mornings that provide the best opportunity for a light-bulb moment.

The Maldives, where Gail and I set new goals each year

The Maldives, where Gail and I set new goals each year, a great place to start the day

I often get up early, when the rest of the world still seems to be asleep, if I have a busy day ahead or need to make an important business decision.

In my experience, mornings are great for providing a new perspective and can – quite literally – be the right time for a wake-up call.

Getting up early feels like you create a few more hours in the day. Those first couple of hours of the day are perfect for getting some exercise, having a sit-down breakfast with the family or just to get a head-start on the work you really need to get done. Getting important or unpleasant tasks out of the way as early as possible can be really liberating.

You might think rising so early will make you feel tired later on in the day, but I actually found these early starts to be incredibly energising.

I’ve been getting up early for so long now, I can’t even imagine a lie-in anymore!

Whilst I think it’s true that energy levels are different for every person, the early hours are often thought to be the most productive of the day. I’ve read a number of articles over the years talking about many of the most successful CEOs and business leaders all having one important thing in common; they are early risers. And it’s not just business people.

Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour famously starts each day at 6am with an hour-long tennis match. And in an interview a few years ago, the writer Haruki Murakami explained that, when he’s writing, he gets up at 4am and works for five to six hours. After this, he exercises and goes to bed early around 9pm. Interestingly, he points out that the most important thing of an early morning routine is repetition. It’s all about habit and there should be no excuses!

People think that habits are difficult to break, but according to research, it takes just 21 days to form a new habit.

If I can do it, you can do it too! So, now that the sun is rising early, what would be the harm in giving it a go?

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