4 Reasons Why Morning People Are Successful
W have all read how some of the most successful people in the world such as Richard Branson and Tim Cook get up early to ‘seize the day’, but is it really worth compromising those precious sleeping hours? Whilst it is not an easy routine to adopt, the research indicates that morning people are indeed more successful. If you’re not yet convinced, read below to find out how.
1. They have increased proactivity
In Christoph Randler’s study discussed in the Harvard Business Review, he stated that “people whose performance peaks in the morning are better positioned for career success, because they’re more proactive than people who are at their best in the evening”. He argues that morning people are successful as they are more motivated and therefore more proactive in both their lives and career. They are more equipped to anticipate problems and try to minimise them.
2. They have increased productivity
When we get up earlier, naturally we are able to achieve more. When we achieve a lot before a certain time frame, we tend to feel a sense of motivation to continue working at such a great pace. The mind is able to focus more intently in the morning, and due to the early time, there are also fewer distractions. In her book “What The Most Successful People Do”, Laura Vanderkam suggests that in order to become a more productive morning person, you should write a to do list the day before, exercise regularly, eat a proper breakfast and avoid morning meetings so that the most important work can be done at the highest productivity time.
3. They are healthier
Women’s Health reports that in a 2011 study by Northwestern University, it was found that “late sleepers consumed 248 more calories per day, twice as much fast food, and half as many fruits and vegetables” than morning people. Morning people are successful at motivating themselves to exercise on a regular basis, and as a result they also have a better sleeping pattern. We all know that we work better and more efficiently when we are healthy, so it is only logical that we are more successful as a result.
4. They are less distracted
With health comes a clear mind, and a clear mind allows us to focus when required. Morning people tend to be less distracted as they are happy, healthy, and productive workers. When you’re up early, it is also easier to fit activities such as exercise into your life. A businessperson’s day fills up fast; if they wait until the evening to do something meaningful, they’re likely to get distracted and push it off from their to-do list.
What do you think?
Do you believe that morning people are successful? I am interested to learn of the routines of others and discover what works for each individual. Whilst it is difficult to get up early, the results are clear. Feel free to comment your views below and join the conversation.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Laura Vanderkam; Business Insider; Harvard Business Review.