Have you noticed a trend?
It would be hard to miss if you have ever read a news feed.
Every article is plastered with morning routine advice. That advice is always followed up with wake up early.
What are you supposed to do with that early morning time they say?
Mediate (or just sleep sitting up because it’s 5am).
Do advanced acrobatics.
Read the latest book Bill Gates recommends.
The list goes on..
Here’s something new, you do not have to wake up early to be successful. Hearing this proclaimed on every personal development article ever written is becoming tiring.
You have to produce results to be successful. It does not matter what time of day you wake up.
If the hours between 5am to 8am for you are best used to sleep so your brain will function at peak level, then do that. If they are best used meditating and humming to the tune of “Old McDonald had a farm” then do that.
Results are all that matters.
Setting aside the time to produce those results is what the mourning routine is getting at, not the act of waking up early.
I am not hating on the people who get up at 5am. I go through periods of my life where I do it to increase productivity or test a side project. But, I know for a fact that everyone should not be doing it. Stop feeling guilty by listening to people who say you need to wake up early to create success. It’s just not true.
I Fell Into The Trap
I used to think the morning had some sort of magical power. Yes it’s quiet. You are not bothered by anyone else. If you have kids, it may be the best time or only time that you can work from home.
I did the prescribed routine that many swear upon. The affirmations, visualization, journaling, reading, and exercise. You know how much my productivity increased from the collection of doing these activities specifically in the morning?
Could I do these activities throughout the day and still achieve the same results?
I experienced no amazing change in my brain function. No amazing benefits to my body. I did not write better, make better decisions, or run my business more efficiently.
I did this for several months wanting to believe the hype. I wanted to somehow magically become better in my business. I thought maybe I was doing it wrong and pushed harder. Instead, I came home exhausted and in a mood that my wife described as “cranky”. My results actually decreased from this experiment.
I would try to justify my waking up early as beneficial to my amigos. Saying stupid things like “wow, I just feel so much better and productive.” The first few days I did. I was on cloud 9 until about 1pm. Then, I was hit with the afternoon wall. This wasn’t just any wall, it was a complete mental block. My amazing feeling was from the nerdy adrenaline and excitement I felt from trying a new thing.
I see many people doing the same thing. They proclaim how great waking up early is only to find that they do it for a few weeks or months then fade back into the routine that was for them.
As long as the time is set aside, you will produce to the same results not matter what time you rise.
I now wake up between 5:30am and 7. I can listen to my body the night before and figure out when I need to get up. I don’t do any fancy routine. I drink water, eat breakfast, high-5 the dogs, give my wife a kiss, and start working. If your goal is produce results then there is a little secret.
You don’t have to wake up early.
You don’t have to read the 5 books Bill Gates recommends this summer.
You don’t have to journal.
You don’t have to meditate.
You don’t have to perform advanced acrobatics in your living room.
You do have to work.
You must produce more than you consume. This is the anti-morning routine because it comes down to this one simple thing.
The point of this is to save you from thinking you must wake up early to produce results. To crush the guilt you feel for not waking up early. For some people, waking up early is amazing. They need to wake up, that’s when their brain functions at it’s highest level.
For others, it leaves them feeling like a wasteland for the whole day. They walk around feeling groggy and unproductive.
Choose the time that works best for your schedule and life. If you are not seeing results, don’t use these words as a crutch, do whatever it takes to get those results.
I get up early. I love the morning. I go through phases of crushing AM workout routines. It’s an amazing time to get something done because your schedule is usually wide open. Most people are not scheduling appointments at 6am.
I just don’t think it’s a requirement for success.
What are your thoughts? Do you feel the morning is the magic to success?