6 Benefits of Early to Bed Early to Rise – Secrets of Successful Business Leaders

by | Updated on January 4th, 2023

“Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Benjamin Franklin was onto something when he coined that phrase.

In fact, this could be one of the most important secrets of our time that everyone should embrace in order to achieve success and joy.

Proven Habits of the Wealthy - 6 Sensible Benefits of Early to Bed Early to Rise

Getting an early start to your day can have some serious benefits for your productivity, business success, and overall well-being.

Most people think that getting up early is torture, but it’s actually a great way to start your day.

Whether you’re a student, entrepreneur, or just someone trying to stay healthy, there’s no denying that this seemingly simple life hack provides countless benefits and unlocks doors to many possibilities.

From better focus and improved productivity, to increased energy levels throughout the day; saying goodbye to late nights can revolutionize your lifestyle as well as open up brand new pathways on your journey toward success.

In this blog post, we’ll explore just how beneficial it can be for all aspects of modern-day living if you make “early to bed early to rise” more than just an expression!

Let’s get started!

Early to Bed Early to Rise – One of the MANY Habits of the Rich

Have you ever wondered why one of the habits of the wealthy and successful is to begin their day in the early A.M.?

If you understood the power of tapping into the morning hours, you too would begin your day, starting in the wee hours of the morning.

It’s been documented that one of our Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, was an early riser.

Ben Franklin planned his daily routine when waking at 5 am asking himself “What good shall I do this day?”

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Now, not all successful people go to bed early, and most can get a good night’s sleep on less than 8 hours; but, it’s said that the rich and wealthy usually get more done by 8 am than most people do all day.

Since we as Digital Marketers don’t seem to have enough time in the day to run our online businesses, maybe we need to take a lesson from the rich and successful business owners and make a change in our own routine.

Donald Trump - Habits of the Wealthy

Whether you’re a fan of Donald Trump or not, you have to admit, he’s one of the wealthiest and most successful businessmen of our time.

Mr. Trump wakes up each morning at 5:30 am to start his daily routine. It’s been said that he would spend his time reading the newspaper, before leaving for the office.

He would eventually arrive at his desk at Trump Tower between 7 and 7:30 am.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz begins his day with a workout, usually consisting of a bike ride with his wife.

Crazy as it may seem, he still gets to the office by 6 am, according to Portfolio.com.

This CEO must rub off on people because the president of Starbucks, Michelle Gass, begins her day at 4:30 am to go running… there must be something in the coffee.

These wealthy and successful people are go-getters and early risers that want to start their day off early before their competitors.

These successful & wealthy people who appear to work long hours still find enough time for family life.

The Benefits of Starting Your Day Early

There are many benefits to rising early in the morning before the livestock awakes.

1. Early AM is the Best Time for a Workout

According to research, 76% of wealthy Americans aerobically exercise 30 minutes or more every day.

Whatever your style of exercise… the chances of your morning routine being canceled is almost non-existent. On the other hand, exercising right after work is enjoyable, but the chances of your visit to the gym being suspended because of one thing or another are much greater, it’s called life.

Since we all know that exercise is one of the routine habits of the wealthy and we know that a healthy body equals a clear and healthy mind through a stimulating flow of endorphins, smart and wealthy people want to make sure that their routine of exercise is not called off.

2. Wealthy Eat Healthy – An Early Riser Has Time for Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Wealthy People Eat Right – Getting up early will help you get a nutritious breakfast and can help fuel you throughout the day. There are many people like myself that skip breakfast and drink coffee until hungry.

Without a good breakfast, your body is running low on energy, running on fumes. You will find yourself so hungry at lunchtime that you will eat whatever unhealthy thing you find.

Besides the healthy benefits of eating breakfast; eating breakfast while reading the newspaper or drinking your coffee in a serene atmosphere is much more enjoyable than scarfing something down while driving to work.

3. It’s Quieter in the Morning

Usually, the morning time allows you to escape the hustle of bustle of yelling kids, babies crying, or television noise.

Morning times are the most peaceful time of the day… it’s a great time to reflect on your day ahead, your upcoming meeting; a time when you can read the newspaper, brainstorm about your business, and breathe.

It will also improve mental clarity, allowing for better decision-making.

4. There is Less Distraction in the AM

An entrepreneur’s day can fill fast with board meetings, emails, and managing their business.

If you were to wait until the afternoon to do something of importance, the chances are that it will be removed from your to-do list altogether.

There are fewer distractions in the morning to keep you from accomplishing an important task, so the likelihood of your priorities being postponed or removed from your daily routine is virtually non-existent.

I seem to get so much more done when I start work early in the morning. When evening rolls around, I feel good about my day’s accomplishments, which also gives me quality time for family.

5. You Have MORE Willpower in the AM

Even if you are not a morning person, you’ll simply have more energy at the start of your day than you will as the day goes on. Willpower is like a muscle that can become fatigued over a period of time.

During your day you are dealing with business, difficult people, decision-making, and battling with traffic to and from work, which can be physically and emotionally draining. Your fatigue meter will deplete rapidly as your day moves closer to the end of the business day.

6. Mornings Can Set the Tone for Your Day

Mornings will set a positive tone for the day, avoiding potential stress and anxiety caused by rushing in the morning.

Have you ever slept through your alarm? Forgot to make the kid’s lunches? Forgot to turn the coffee maker off wondering if it’s going overheat and burn down your house?

Starting the day off like this can dampen your mood and affect your day’s productivity at work, so beginning the day without the rush can make all the difference to your business.

4 Steps to Turning the Habitual Night Owl into a Morning Person

If the thought of waking up before the rooster crows is going to leave you on the side of exhaustion; here are 4 steps you can take to reverse your thinking and rise early.

1. Keep a Journal Documenting Your Time

One of the reasons many people don’t like the thought of getting up early is that they stay up too late, to begin with.

Try this: For one week, document everything you do until you go to bed. The time you go to bed, when you eat dinner, watch TV, read the newspaper, etc.

Looking back at your journal for the week can show you where you are spending your evening hours productively, or doing something on the side of less than enjoyable.

2. Imagine the Extra Time in the Morning

Imagine what you might be able to accomplish if you adjusted your sleep schedule and go up an extra hour early.

Envision what you would do with that extra hour of time. Would you choose to eat breakfast for better health? Or, maybe you might read the newspaper more thoroughly than just skimming the headlines?

Having a good reason to get out of bed will help you set the alarm for earlier and actually help you get up.

3. Plan Your Morning the Night Before

Once you’ve decided what you’re going to do with your extra time, plan out how you’ll execute it. Plan out as much as you can the night before.

For example:

  • If you don’t normally prepare your coffee maker the night before, do this to save a little time.
  • If you plan on going to the gym, set your clothes out the night before.
  • If your plan is to start eating breakfast, gather the ingredients the night before.

4. Take Baby Steps to Create Your NEW Habit

Begin your newfound habit of getting up earlier slowly. If you try to change your habit drastically, the chances of hitting your snooze button are much greater.

Build your habit 10 or 15 minutes at a time. If you normally get up at 7 am, set your alarm for 6:45 am. To make sure you don’t lose any sleep, go to bed 15 minutes earlier than normal.

I Hope This Article Has Helped You Realize the Benefits of Starting Your Day Early!

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Comments (15)

  1. Nancy Lee says:

    I need to add something to you. I think beginning your day early improves your fixation. I am a night owl who has been beneficial however I have slowed down. To kick off my prosperity I realize that I have to practice more and increment profitability.

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  3. Md: Sanoyar says:

    Hello, friends,
    these are much benefited to all

  4. Katherin Garrett says:

    Hi, Thanks for your top-notch article. I want to add something with you. I think starting your day early improves your concentration. In addition to being able to focus on goals and task lists without being interrupted by family members or coworkers, getting up early means that by the time you get to work or school, you’ve had hours to properly acclimate yourself to the day. You’ll be more alert during peak hours as a result. Am I right?

  5. Willie Underwood says:

    Awesome article and I will take your advice. I am a night owl who has been very productive but I have stalled. To jump start my success I know that I need to exercise more and increase productivity. I like your idea to make the transition from night owl to early bird in 15 mins increment.

    • John Engle says:

      Hi Willie,

      For the longest time I too was a night owl and mornings were not easy for me, but I realized that I was more productive in the early mornings, so I made the change.

      Sounds like you are on the right track… good luck to you.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      John Engle

  6. Laurie says:

    I had a similar experience as Chuck Holmes. Like he said: I also have more time to read and relax. I definitely see the value in going to be earlier and waking up earlier. Now, I wake up at 4:30 am and go to bed at 9h30 pm, almost days.

    • John Engle says:

      Hi Laurie,

      I also agree with Chuck… it seems to be easier to get many tasks done when I wake up earlier.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Please stop by anytime…

      John Engle

  7. Chuck Holmes says:

    Do you think someone who is a night owl could be equally as productive as someone who is an early riser? I would love to hear your thoughts on that.

    • John Engle says:

      Hey Chuck,

      It does seem to be proven by the wealthy that getting up early does have its benefits, but I guess a person could always test the theory to see which works better for him and his business.

      Besides it being a great time to get in a quick workout, eat a brain-healthy breakfast and do those few tasks on your To-Do list, getting up early seems have its benefits to get many of the daunting tasks completed before the standard 9 to 5 working day begins for most businesses.

      As many have heard… “the rich and wealthy usually get more done by 8am than most people do all day.”

      The Night Owl version can look a little like this. Considering that the standard business quits for the night around 5 or 6pm… this is when most people head home to eat dinner and have family time. If a person has the energy to do some late night work after their family heads to bed, then awesome.

      I guess it’s just a matter of testing.

      Thank You for stopping by and commenting… your input is always most welcome.

      John Engle

  8. Chuck Holmes says:

    Great post here. I am a night owl myself. However, I have discovered that when I wake up earlier I am much more productive during the day. When I start work by 7 am, as compared to 930 am, I get so much done before lunch. I also have more time to read and relax. I definitely see the value in going to be earlier and waking up earlier.


  9. Nate Leung says:

    Hi John,

    This article confirms why more people who want to make the most out of their day should wake up early. For the most part, I start my days pretty early. Out of the week, I’ll pick one day to wake up a little later so that I don’t burn myself out. Everything you said is right on the money! Thanks for the great post John!

    • John Engle says:

      Hey Nate,

      You always have well thought out comments to say… it is appreciated.

      I agree with you about starting our days off earlier than normal… I too am working by clock back 15 minutes every couple of days until I can wake up at a comfortable time that seems productive.

      Thank You for stopping by and commenting.

      John Engle

      • Madhava617 says:

        first of i accept all the things said above.

        by wake up at early morning we all are getting Extra life compare to the most of the people on the earth.this extra life in a two ways,
        1)one is simply you directly getting extra hours than others
        2)second one is your Mind will work sharp in all the situations.because of this
        you take less time for making/taking Decisions.

        SO,early wake up in the morning for your benefit only.

        thanks for reading this.

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