Wake Up to Success

Posted November 19, 2013 by Hannah Hylla in Life After Five

Maybe the cliché saying “the early bird gets the worm,” really does have some truth in it. If you dread waking up early, you should learn to love it.

Stop hitting Snooze

Okay, becoming a morning person might be easier said then done, but hitting the snooze button multiple times every morning can really be setting you back. According to a recent article by Forbes, early rising is a common trait found in some of the most successful people including top of the list CEOs, government officials, and influential figures that have helped shape the world we live in.

So how early is early? Forbes offers a list of 5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM:

  1. Exercise daily: Whether you wake up for a mile run, do yoga, or do a quick ab work out, get up and move.
  2. Map out your day: Make a schedule for your day which includes goals and a “to-do” list.
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast: Plan time in the morning to sit down and eat, rather than running out the door in the morning with coffee and bagel in hand.
  4. Visualize your day: Take the time to think positively about how your day will go and add how you will accomplish your schedule to your visualization tactics.
  5. Make your day top heavy: Prioritize and make that dreaded task number one on your list for the day.

Think of it this way – waking up early is a chance to start your day off in a positive way, you can add time for the things you enjoy, before starting your workday.

There are many things you can do to start your workday off on a good note, I like to practice the following each night (to ensure that I have time for the things I enjoy in the morning):

  1. I decide what I will wear to work the next day and clearly lay out my wardrobe. This ensures that I will not waste time worrying about my outfit the following morning.
  2. I plan a morning workout. Whether it’s a mile run or 15 minutes of abs in the morning, I plan.
  3. I plan out breakfast. This ensures healthy choices are made in the morning – I load up those healthy carbs and protein!

Reap the Rewards

Yes, becoming a morning person isn’t the easiest thing in the world for you night owls. Being a morning person myself, I still find those days where I hit snooze and sleep an hour longer – yes it happens!

Begin gradually. Start off waking up 15 minutes earlier for the first week and then slowly work your way into larger increments of time each morning. It can be done – stick to your plan.

When I do give myself that extra time to begin my day, I always remember the importance of reward. I give myself a half hour to sit and enjoy my morning coffee, watch the news, and just relax. So once you pry yourself out of bed, take advantage of the extra time you’ve given yourself to build in a few minutes to reward yourself. Whether it’s reading your favorite blog, making your favorite breakfast that you never have time for, or attending a yoga class – you will thank yourself later in the day.

My secret tip: If I know it will be difficult to get myself out of bed in the morning, I sleep with my shades open. The natural light from the morning sun is enough to get me out of bed to start my day off on the right foot!

Maybe the proof is in the pudding – Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m. and Newsroom’s Ann Curry wakes up at 3:45 a.m. each day. Try it, wake up to success.

About the Author

Hannah Hylla

Hannah Hylla is a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for GlaxoSmithKline in Lincoln, Neb. She recently made the transition into the Pharmaceutical Industry and a large move from Minneapolis, Minn. to "The Good Life" for the job opportunity! Hannah is truly thrilled to be spending her "free-time" doing something she loves - writing! She is a sports enthusiast, who graduated from the College of Saint Benedict (St. Joseph, MN) in May of 2013 with a bachelor of arts in Communication and played on the Women's Basketball Team for four years. In her free-time Hannah enjoys traveling - she lived in Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy for six months and continues her love for travel through her career. You can contact her at hannah.hylla@gmail.com or on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.