#3 You appreciate more in life when you rise before the sun.
5 am is the hour legends are either going to sleep or waking up.
It’s the type of quote that sticks with you for a long time. If you’re an entrepreneur or a hustler, thousands of people are telling you to be up at this hour.
Great entrepreneurs are created when they wake up at 5 am (or even 4:30 am) and hustle for the next 10 or more hours per day. Then they go and do it all over again.
This whole ideology that you need to be up at that specific time and hustle in that sort of fashion is absurd. But at the same time, that strategy does have a point.
At least with regards to being up early.
For the past several months, nine times out of ten, I’ve been up before the sun rises. Not up at the crisp hour of 5 am, or 4:30 am, but close enough. And based on those experiences, I think it pays for people to leverage this opportunity of being up this early if they can. Here is why.
1. It Gives A Sense Of Purpose
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. — Pablo Picaso
For the record, I’ve always been a morning person. Back in middle and high school, I was up at 5:30–6 am years before this stuff was cool. Sure I was exhausted and wanted to go back to bed so badly, but I had a purpose for getting up at that hour almost every day.
I had a paper route.
For five years, I delivered to 56 houses on foot (or bike, weather permitting). The process took about an hour and a half to do. It was enough time for me to get up, get ready, work, and then have enough time to have breakfast and go to school.
Even though it was a routine thing for me to do back then, there was a sense of mentality developed during that time.
I didn’t have to deliver all my papers early in the morning. That was what the local newspaper wanted me to do. My customers couldn’t care less when they wanted their paper.
The fact was that I wanted to deliver my papers in the morning. It allowed me the time to relax and not have to worry about them for the rest of the day.
Moving to the present date, that logic still applies today for me in a sense. I don’t have to be getting up too early in the morning, but I want to get up early anyway.
It allows me to stay true to who I am and my own values.
Aside from the hardcore entrepreneurs who think it’s reasonable to be up at 5 am or 4:30 am, there isn’t any other external pressure for you to be up early. When you get up, it’s on your own volition and every time, there is a particular reason for that behaviour.
Take some time to explore that and figure out what that is. It could be a profound method for motivation to keep you moving forward for the rest of the day.
2. It Feels Like You Have More Time
While there is a boost in productivity from early rising, part of the reason may stem from the fact that you have a sense of more time during that time compared to later parts of the day.
Time is our most precious resource, and so anything to help us make the most of it is helpful in any capacity.
As I’ve been getting older, the more I’ve come to realise that while we can’t stretch the amount of time we have in the day, we can stretch the feeling of it. This revelation has helped me out so much in managing my day but also getting a lot of things done early in the morning.
By the time I have to go out for my workout, I have usually tackled two articles, and sometimes a portion of a third during that period of time.
Creating a sense of more time can be a double-edged sword. It can be grounds to procrastinate in certain respects. Admittedly, there have been times where I have procrastinated.
However, I have been doing good about leveraging most of my early mornings and it stems back from that sense of purpose. Working to find that motivation to push through and focus on work. When you can get into that sequence early in the morning, you feel you can get more things done during the few hours in the morning rather than delaying those tasks for later.
3. It Gives You A Better Sense Of Appreciation
When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every time the sun rises. — The Alchemist
One thing I’ve been uncovering in life is how little people look around themselves and see things. I can understand why that’s the case. It’s hard to keep track of the multitude of things going on right now and there is so much stimuli out there too.
But I find when waking up before the sun rises up allows you that bit of time you need to slow down. It plays back into the feeling that you have more time on your hands than you might be thinking. This gives you time to think about where your life is going, what plans you have for the day and all around provide a better sense of appreciation towards life.
4. More Time For Breakfast
My personal trainer has a bad habit of skipping breakfast in the morning. He’s often sleeping in and feeling like he doesn’t have enough time to get around to it. He and many other people fall into this cycle a lot.
If you’re waking up an hour or a half hour before work or the start of your day, you have very little time to do much at all. Grab a shower and rush over to work and that’s about it.
Even with people working from home right now, people have replaced that time with probably more sleep or something of that nature.
As many other people have said: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It doesn’t have to be anything too elaborate. My breakfasts for months now have literally been toast and a piece of fruit and maybe a protein shake.
The point is if you’re up before the sun comes up, then you’ll have more time for breakfast overall. If you go for the most simplistic of meals like myself, you’ll find it’s not demanding of you to put that together. You’ve got plenty of time to put together something nice and energize yourself for the day.
5. Have Time To Wake Up Properly
Another strong reason to be up before the sun is due to sleep inertia. Sleep inertia is the groggy feeling you have when you get up or that desire to go right back to sleep.
So when you are choosing to sleep in and rush yourself to work or an appointment, your body is still recovering from the sleep that you had.
By waking up before the sun rises, you’re given time to properly overcome this obstacle and get more out of your day.
6. Sun Rises
The final reason to be up before the sun rises is to actually see the sun rise in the first place. Even if you are living in a dense city, taking some time to look out a window and see the sky painted in various colours and the light shining in can be amazing.
These are all new experiences every single day since there is no other sun rise out there quite like the one that is displayed today or the next.
It all comes back to a sense of appreciation since we’re unable to go back in time and experience these sun rises again and again. Time lost is time lost and missed opportunities are missed opportunities.
In a sense, sunrises are reminders of us to not take small things for granted and to get out there and make a difference in the world or pursue our dreams and visions. It’s inspiring.
The hardcore entrepreneurs who get up at 4:30 am or 5 am do have some other points. When you wake up, it can say a lot about your character and who you are.
I wouldn’t go as far as calling people who sleep in lame or losers. Rather, they have a misplace of priorities in life — or none at all and are happy coasting through life. Our actions speak massive volumes to those around us. Even if we don’t care about the opinions of others, do consider what waking up early means for you in your life. I feel if more people are getting up earlier, you’ll have a better focus on your life than if you spend more time getting those extra few minutes of sleep.