I used to be a night owl, staying up late to work and believing that it was the best time for me to be productive. However, after deciding to make a change and go to bed early, wake up early, and start my day early, I have seen a significant improvement in my lifestyle and an increase in my productivity after consistently following this routine for a month.
Waking up in the morning has many benefits, including refreshing the mind and starting the day with energy and focus. Additionally, morning light exposure can help regulate circadian rhythms and improve sleep quality, and physical activity in the morning can improve overall health and fitness.
Starting the day with prayer and showing gratitude to Allah can provide spiritual strength and a sense of peace and connection. Many people find that incorporating spiritual practices into their daily routine can help them feel more grounded and focused, and can provide a sense of purpose and direction. Moreover, expressing gratitude can help shift one’s focus from negative thoughts and feelings to positive ones, which can lead to an overall sense of well-being.
After morning prayers, doing some light physical activity can help to improve overall physical and mental fitness. Exercise is known to release endorphins which can improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety. A light workout can help to wake up the body and prepare it for the day ahead. Also, incorporating physical activity into the morning routine can help establish a consistent exercise habit which is essential for maintaining overall health and fitness. It is important to note that it’s always best to consult a doctor or a health professional before starting any new exercise routine, especially if you have any health conditions.
After prayers, exercise, breakfast, and a cup of tea, starting the day with creative work such as writing, or tasks that require deep thinking, can be a productive and effective way to begin the day. Engaging in creative activities in the morning can help to stimulate the brain and promote focus and productivity. Deep thinking tasks can also help to get your mind in the right state for problem-solving and decision-making. Furthermore, starting the day with a sense of purpose and accomplishment can help to set a positive tone for the rest of the day.
It is also important to note that waking up in the morning without a goal or plan can be less productive as it can lead to a feeling of aimlessness and lack of direction. Having a clear goal and plan for the day can provide a sense of purpose and motivation, which can help to increase productivity. When you know what you want to achieve and have the plan to get there, you’re more likely to stay focused and motivated throughout the day. Additionally, planning your day in the morning can help you to prioritize tasks, manage your time more effectively, and reduce stress.
Some people believe that waking up early, specifically at 5 am, and starting the day with a set routine, can be beneficial for productivity, focus, and overall well-being. This is known as the “5 am club” and it is based on the idea that the early hours of the morning are less busy and less distracting, which can provide a quiet and focused environment to work, exercise, meditate, or pursue other goals. Waking up early can help to establish a consistent sleep schedule, which is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being.
However, everyone’s sleep needs and schedules are different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s best to find a schedule that works for you and your lifestyle.
K M Hasan Ripon, Executive Director, BSDI