How to Supercharge Your Morning and 10x Your Happiness and Productivity

Devin Arrigo

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Working from home is pretty awesome…

  • Zero commute
  • Flexible schedule and custom environment
  • Casual attire (read: pajamas)
  • No office distractions or boring water cooler talk
  • And no boss looking over your shoulder.

However, despite all the benefits, working from home is still a privilege. Some can handle the freedom and flexibility, and let’s face it; others cannot.

Just like Uncle Ben said in Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

And all too often, I found myself on the wrong side of Uncle Ben’s ideology.

With no commute or boss breathing down my neck, I started sleeping in right before I had to start working. I’d wake up up at 7:55 am, roll out of bed, and then starting working at 8 am.

Needless to say, this was not a great way to start my day. I was anxious, stressed, and unproductive.

Starting my day with such little time to myself set me up for a horrible day of work and an even worse attitude.

Despite my lack of productivity and increased stress, I tried to convince myself it was a necessary sacrifice…

“It’s worth it for the extra sleep, right?”

Wrong!

Starting my day like this for a couple of months started to take a toll on my physical and mental health. I became depressed, unmotivated, and generally unhappy.

But then something changed…

I finally had enough.

I had enough of feeling like crap.

I had enough of feeling unmotivated and uninspired.

And I had enough of lying to myself that I needed the extra sleep.

So I decided to make a change.

The next day, I started waking up at 6 am, two hours before starting work. This allowed me to enjoy a leisurely morning with coffee and a good book and then hit a quick workout — all before I had to start work at 8 am.

And on weekends, even when I didn’t have to get up, I continued the habit by waking up at 6:30 am to maximize the time that I had.

And wow, did it make a big difference.

Below is an excerpt from a recent journal entry (excuse my run-on/incomplete sentences…it’s a journal, after all).

Clearly, waking up early has really changed my life.

I think the journal describes the feeling perfectly:

  • “It feels great to devote time to me before I have to work…consciously giving priority and time to me.”
This is what waking up early is all about — prioritizing your health, happiness, and well-being before all else. When I was waking up 5 minutes before I had to start work, I was prioritizing a job before my own well-being.

Rolling out of bed to start work is no way to start the day.

I want to be intentional with the way I kick off every new day of life. I want to enjoy waking up and to do that, I pack it full of things I love to do — all before I start work.

Waking up at 7:55 am only to open my computer and start working made me dread getting up and starting the day.

Conversely, when I intentionally wake up earlier and have “me time” before work, I see each new day as an opportunity, and I’m genuinely excited to get up.

While the option to sleep in sounds great in theory, it has the potential for some hugely negative outcomes in practice.

Prioritize your own health and well-being and take some time for yourself before you have to start work.

Even waking up 15 minutes early will make a huge difference.

  • Read your favorite book
  • Make a great cup of coffee
  • Take a walk with your spouse
  • Or even enjoy the extra time of not feel rushed when getting ready

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