Why Being An Early Riser Is The Key To Success


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We often talk about the importance of a morning routine, so it shouldn’t come as a shock to you that all the most successful people get up super early. Don’t worry all my bed-loving girls, you can still have a lie-in and get up super early, it’s all about getting enough hours of sleep. Read our article on 5 thoughts we have when our alarm goes off if you hate mornings more than I do.

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1. Take a leaf out of Anna Wintour’s book 

There’s a reason Anna Wintour is such a successful woman, she has a no-excuse routine in the morning. Every morning at 5.45am Anna goes to New York’s Midtown Tennis Club for one hour of tennis, then she goes home to primp and prep and heads out to her meetings (Source). Can you imagine getting up early enough to be at a tennis club at 5:45? It’s possible if you go to bed early enough, and find time for the things that give you joy. Tennis keeps Anna sane, fit and allows her to network with other tennis playing fashionistas.

2. Getting up earlier gives you more time to tackle the day

For some reason we all have this mindset that we want more hours to ourselves after work, but what about before work? Would you rather do whatever stresses you out the most a few hours before work and relax guilt-free after? I know I would, so go to bed earlier and wake up earlier with the intention of getting your exercise in, planning out your day and tackling those niggling emails. When you relax with your glass of wine in the evening it’ll feel SO much better. Read our article on de-stressing in the office too to minimize the amount of time you spend stressing in the evenings!


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3. The inspiration hours

Weirdly, most writers find the quiet time in the early hours of the morning is when their inspiration strikes. Try getting up earlier and see if you have more time to plan the things you want to do and a more inspired mind. Read our article on what you need to know before you start a business if you’re using the morning hours for brainstorming.


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4. You gain so much time

The science shows that if you get up just one hour earlier, you’ll gain 15 days a year. Imagine what you can do with that time? From picking up a hobby to spending time on your blog! Check out the websites you need to read if you’re thinking of blogging for a hobby.

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  • Dressed With Soul

    Although I’m more an owl I believe absolutely that it helps to get up earlier! Thanks for your helpful tips.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Amy Sewell

    My “early-bird” nature has served me well in my years as a TV spokesperson. Totally agree that a.m. is the best time to write – that is when I write my StyleWise blog at http://www.shopwithstyle.com.

  • Chantel

    These are great tips.

  • Corner52

    great advice – i love being an early bird! http://www.corner52.com

    • Lois

      Me too! Helps to get the most out of my day :)

  • Meghan Crockett

    I was never an early bird until the last year- I feel like I’ve wasted my whole day if I sleep past 8:00! Still working on being productive in the early hours though.

  • Abdulsultan

    I am a retired person at age 83 but i love early rising at 7 AM

  • Anastasia

    I would love to start waking up earlier (for me earlier would be 7-8AM), but I’m such a owl…


  • Alk A

    I agree with the above. Very often when we see the sun, we feel more energised to do thing and be more productive.


  • Conor Rees

    Great Article :) http://www.99percentlifestyle.com/

  • Jasmine

    I’ve always said that I’m “just not a morning person” but that last point really hit home. 15 days a year?? That’s insane. *changes time on alarm clock immediately*.

    Jasmine x


    • Lois

      Haha, you go girl! x

  • Jas | jaspooleblog.com

    I love getting up a few hours earlier than everyone else and watching the world wake up.

  • Gab

    i wish i could be up that early in the morning but wake up for school is already so hard i can’t imagine wake up at 5:00 omg


  • Erin Soto

    I have to get up early! Its my power hours of peace and quite before the rest of the house is up! These are all great reasons!

  • angelicaannaa

    Great advise love this post! I’m trying to get up earlier everyday to get myself up and ready to work but I find it so hard!

  • Pamela Mccray

    If you ladies don’t follow any other advice presented by this site, you must follow this one. It is the most important. I love getting to work early. It really preps you for the day ahead and gets you going. Nothing worse than being late or right on time and having to delve into your duties with your eyes wide shut.

  • Philippine

    I live in Paris and HERE everything body want up at 8… At 7 They are nobody on the street and all the shop open at 10 it’s horrible! Because i love Wake up at 6 and i would like to take my cofee on the street at 7 like in NY… Paris is not for career girl ;)

  • Marie Therese

    I’ve had this nagging voice telling me to do my major writing in the wee hours of the morning. This article confirms that voice, I need to just set the alarm and go!

  • Della

    Very good point about doing what may stress you out before work, then having afterwards to relax. I have never thought about it like that before but may have to adjust my thinking! Mornings would be a great time to get some tasks out of my way. Thanks for your insight :)

  • Camille

    I LOVE waking up early, I feel so full of energy and I like to do things I really love before going to class or work! If I am not in a very good mood, it puts me on the positive side, even if it’s just like, watching an episode of one of my favourite tv shows or listening to music or anything! I just love that quiet place

  • dreamofadventures

    I am more of a morning person and feel like i get more done in before 10. thanks for sharing!


  • Kelsey Ann Yoki

    I feel lucky I’m naturally an early riser! Back in my teens, I remember trying to sleep in because it was “cool”, especially at sleepovers. I never liked how it felt like i had wasted away most of my day. I now cherish the 3ish hours I have in the morning – it does make me feel like I’ve been blessed with more time in my day.

  • Coco Flower

    I wake up very early with my little girl :). But I’m not a Morning person. I love my bed and sleep very late. But with a kid it’s not possible :p. I’m an owl, I prefer the evening and the night !!

  • Deise Vicentin

    I hate to wake up early but I rather do it because I have more time to do other things during the day instead of just work

  • Emma Atherton

    This is so great and inspiring. I really want to try to get up earlier everyday, I do find it to be the most productive time in my day. Thanks for sharing!


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