Why You Should Become an Early Bird: 10 Benefits of Rising Before Dawn

benefits of being an early bird

No one who can rise before dawn 360 days a year fails to make his family rich.

The beauty, inspiration, discipline, peace, creativity and productivity one can find only in the early morning will never cease to amaze me.

It’s the only time of the day when you can be by yourself, do your habits, get ready for the day, and basically choose whether it’s going to be a successful one or not.

And if you manage to stay consistent in waking up in the early hours and having a powerful morning routine, you don’t need to worry about your other habits and endeavors as it will all just fall into place.

But getting up early is the part that stops most people from making the best of the morning. And it’s what makes them give up at some point.

It’s not easy to be an early bird. But it’s also a habit that can be developed in a few weeks. After that, it gets easier.

Here I’ve shared tips on how to get out of bed in the morning, also there’s this infographic with steps of an exact ritual, and this post offers some great activities that help us be productive after we wake up and make this hour or two count.

So far, so good. But getting up early is still an issue. And here’s another approach.

I think that in order to actually start the day right after the first alarm, we need to realize how great this habit is and all the benefits it will bring.

If you know how it helps you shape your successful identity, how more productive and energized you get, and how you can actually get more done and improve many areas of your life just by doing this thing, you’ll be much more likely to do it consistently from tomorrow on.

So here’s what good being an early bird will bring into your days:

Benefits of getting up early

1. You’ll have enough time for everything.

Many people wake up late and have less than half an hour before they need to leave the house. And there’s so much to be done in that time.

They’re in a hurry and often forget something. All that stresses them, ruins their mood and affects their whole day.

But if you start waking up before dawn, you’ll have time for everything. You’ll plan out your day and make a schedule, you’ll do your chores and take care of the way you look.
You’ll do it slowly, and will have time for some pleasant activities, too, that will set the tone for your day.

2. You’ll drink your coffee in peace.

If you’re going to drink coffee anyway, or tea, why don’t you do it when there’s enough time to enjoy every sip?

Add some music, or read a book while doing it. Create a whole coffee ritual, if you want.

These 20 minutes can be the one thing that will make you feel happy and calm for the whole day.

3. You can do some creative work.

Simple Ways to Manage Your Focus and Improve Your Productivity

Now is the time to do some writing. Or to work on a side project.

You can focus easily, as there won’t be any distractions for early birds. Do that every day, and you can have a book written after some time, or something big you’re working on may be completed.

4. It’s time for yourself.

No one will bother you now. You can do whatever you want, you can even just sit quietly and enjoy the silence.

For some people that’s the only chance to grab some quiet time and find some peace before the chaos of the day.

5. You’ll get things done.

Getting up early makes you productive.

Because you jumpstart your day and have more time and energy, you feel motivated to do stuff and are full of enthusiasm.

Also, the fact that others are still sleeping, that you’re working on this great habit and are trying to improve, are all things that lift you up even more.

6. You can organize your day in the early hours.

Use some of this extra time to carefully plan out your day.

Make a to-do list (and a not to-do list), try to figure out how much time each item will take, decide which tasks are most important and choose one to start with after an hour or two.

7. You can have a morning ritual.

Together with rising early, creating a routine with healthy, positive and productive activities, is what you need to see improvement in your life in general.

Here’s why such a ritual is needed for every early bird.

8. You build character.

Like it or not, willpower must be used in order to get out of bed. It’s a matter of seconds, actually, to say ‘yes’ to yourself when you hear the alarm, and say ‘no’ to the many excuses your mind can think of as to why you should stay in bed.

Stay consistent long enough and the willpower muscle will be built gradually. And soon you’ll find yourself being stronger, more decisive and determined when it comes to other things too.

9. You have time to exercise.

Many complain they don’t have the time to exercise. Well, here it is.

Even if it’s a quick 15-minute workout at home and some stretching, it still boosts your energy, makes you move a little and be more active.

10. Prepare a healthy breakfast.

That’s another thing that usually takes time and many people skip. But drinking coffee on an empty stomach is bad. And it’s better if the first thing you put in your body for the day is nutritious.

Here are some healthy breakfasts.

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That’s how the day, and the life, of an early bird differs from how the rest approach it.

I can assure you that when I get up early, I get much more stuff done before lunch. And that only motivates be to keep that attitude till the evening.
Also, I try different versions of a routine and find out things that work best for me. And, in general, I’m more positive, energized (I even sleep less now), creative and organized.

How does waking up early affect your mood and day?
Do you think it’s one of the fundamental habits?
And what’s your way to get out of bed even when you don’t want to?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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