Updated February 9, 2020
Is there a link between getting up early and personal success? Before we dive into that, let’s first make sure we’re on the same page about the definition of the word success.
(What is success, really? This post discusses that in more detail.)
For the purpose of this article, I define success as being personally productive and prospering financially. These seem to be the most common ideals of what success means for most people, or at least it appears that way to me and is what I’ve aimed to address here.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at these facts:
In 2008, Texas University conducted a study and found that early risers consistently maintained a one-point advantage in GPA over night owls.
Another study showed that people who get up early are less likely to procrastinate.
A doctor from the University of London found that getting up at 6 a.m. (or earlier) can make your day less stressful because you’ll get more done.
There’s no question that getting up early is a habit shared by many successful people. But that’s likely because it’s a requirement of the life they lead. As an example, when I worked in Corporate America, I had to be at work by 8:30 a.m. Getting up earlier gave me more time to prepare for the day, which did help me have a more productive day overall (when I did it).
But it should be that way, shouldn’t it? In theory, if we’re going to get up earlier, we should have more time to do get more done.