Disclaimer: This would only apply to you if you have a 9-to-5 schedule, and WANT to find a way to manage your day more efficiently.
In retrospect, nobody would have guessed that I'd be blogging about the benefits of becoming a morning person, because I was a dedicated night owl. But now, four out of seven days, my schedule is dictated by work hours and classes, and I wanted to find a way to "make more time" and get more things done. I stumbled upon this theory that morning hours = more productivity several times, so I decided to test it out by waking up at 6am everyday. Here's what changed for me ever since I made it a priority to get an early start to my day:
• It sets the tone for the rest of the day: Waking up early in itself is not the ultimate gateway to higher productivity. Waking up with an intention is. When I set my alarm, I do so with the belief that these will be my power hours, and I only do those tasks that fall under the category of "me time" (Yoga, blogposts, cooking etc. vs job or school related work). It charges me mentally knowing that I woke up to do things that benefit my mental health, instead of attacking that to-do list.
• I get more things done: It is probably just in my head, but that is all it takes to have a productive rest of the day! I'm also disconnected from my phone, emails, and gadgets for most part of the morning, so that takes away major distractions. The morning quiet makes everything feel less hurried, and I'm in a relaxed state of mind, which helps me get more things done in less time.
• I don't procrastinate: I was never too hard on myself in the process of becoming a morning person, but the one thing I was particular about, was to never give myself extra time to snooze and sleep in. The first thing you've set out to do should be exciting, and positive, so why delay it? Once this became routine, I noticed that I stopped procrastinating altogether.
• My skin and mind are the clearest they've ever been: My circadian rhythm is now set to give me eight hours of sleep, and in this process, I started paying attention to my skin care routines both at night and in the morning. The fresh skin is a combination of skincare, Yoga, getting enough sleep, and a clear mind is the result of being stress-free, and knowing that I can do whatever I set my mind to.
• I'm generally happier: I overthink way lesser, I don't waste time, and my breaks are well-deserved refreshers. The ample amount of me-time I get in the morning, coupled with an empty to-do list by the end of the day pump me up. I go to sleep knowing that I will have a happy, successful day, and it is unbelievable how soundly I sleep these days!
• I'm more creative: Well, this isn't a direct result of waking up in the morning. In the fashion industry, ideation is driven by creativity. Before I started waking up early, my body and mind would both start winding down by 6pm. Ever since I changed things around, I noticed that I'm not only more creative in the morning, but even throughout the day, my mind is actively looking for inspiration. Dreams and a well-rested mind have a lot to do with this, and I learned that this observation is backed by science.
There are many success stories attributed to people who wake up late, so being a morning person is neither an automatic nor the only winning formula for success. Productive mornings and success will happen when you wake up wanting to wake up, and don't do it out of necessity.
In my next post, I will be talking about how to become a morning person, and ease into the habit.
Stay tuned and have a fantastic Monday!
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. It is spearheaded by the Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
Namrata R. Loka
Founder & Creative Director