Real estate investing takes time and effort daily. Unless you are outsourcing much of your investor duties required to invest daily than you are likely in the need of more hours in the day.
For many of us, some of the best hours we have are in the morning because our brains are refreshed and ready to take action and solve problems. You are motivated but sometimes sleep gets the best of us. One secret to developing a new sleep habit is to wake up earlier and earlier slowly, over the course of several months.
Forbes Research Study
In an article found in Forbes Magazine a Harvard biologist discovered that early risers are more proactive and financially successful than those of us that sleep in daily. Additionally, early risers were more likely to agree with statements like:
- “I spend time identifying long-range goals for myself”
- “I feel in charge of making things happen.”
Start by setting your alarm just five minutes earlier. Every ten days, set your alarm for five minutes earlier. In addition, stop using the snooze feature of your alarm.
As a reminder to your morning-self you may wish to place your alarm or phone near the refrigerator, shower, or coffee maker to help ensure these morning rituals are completed instead of returning to bed. After you are awake, do not forget your morning workout and meditation.
In 2008, a study from Texas University showed college students that identified themselves as “morning people” earned a full point higher on their GPAs than those that stayed up late nights (3.5 vs. 2.5). In addition, waking up early has been shown to:
- Increase productivity throughout the day
- Increase success at anticipating problems
- Make better planning
- Provide more time to exercise
- Result in a less stressful commute to work
- Allow for more spare time.
Pro Tip: If you are using your smart phone as your morning alarm, I encourage you to search for an application that makes you work before the alarm will turn off.
An alarm that requires you to perform a series of fun tasks before the alarm shuts off can be a helpful tool to stay awake and avoid hitting the snooze feature.
Your challenge: Tonight, set you alarm for just five minutes earlier than you normally wake up.
Love what you do daily,