Criticized for waking up early

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I decided to wake up early (5am), and when I told some people about it, they said they thought it was pointless. I got a few responses like this.

I have heard to old proverbs on early rising and was wonder why I was getting criticized for waking up early,

what do you think?:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    if you do it ..to be effective you have to do it every day ..

    or better yet is you work on your own get rid of the alarm clock and wake up when you are done sleeping .
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      • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
        Don't listen to people's criticism when it comes your own personal choice to better yourself.

        I started a 5a.m. routine months ago (after being a 9-10a.m. guy for too many years), and it's the best decision I made. Granted, it's not for everybody, but it's the only way I've been able to get things done. There are many positives to getting up early, so just do it, and don't worry about those who are too jealous or lazy or shortsighted to support you.
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        • Profile picture of the author sonas
          Do what is right for you and what works for you, and if that's getting up at 5am so you are more productive and achieve more each day, then do it and pay no attention to the naysayers.

          "Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

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          • Profile picture of the author jakearms3
            Originally Posted by sonas View Post

            Do what is right for you and what works for you, and if that's getting up at 5am so you are more productive and achieve more each day, then do it and pay no attention to the naysayers.

            "Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

            Hi Sonas, I liked your comment a lot, but I loved the quote you posted below, that may be one I write on a Post-It note and place on my monitor
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        • Profile picture of the author ayoubcocoo
          week up early is a good thinks but it's difficult in the beginning
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  • Profile picture of the author NoobSensei
    Originally Posted by jakearms3 View Post

    I decided to wake up early (5am), and when I told some people about it, they said they thought it was pointless. I got a few responses like this.

    I have heard to old proverbs on early rising and was wonder why I was getting criticized for waking up early,

    what do you think?:confused:
    Personally I've found that I get a lot more done when I wake up early and go to sleep early, even if I'm awake for the same number of hours that I would otherwise be. I'm a "night person" by nature, but a "morning person" by habit.

    If people are criticizing you for it, it's probably because they just don't recognize the value of this habit, and/or they just have different goals than you that don't include being more productive. There's nothing wrong with that, but don't let it influence your own actions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by jakearms3 View Post

    I decided to wake up early (5am), and when I told some people about it, they said they thought it was pointless. I got a few responses like this.

    I have heard to old proverbs on early rising and was wonder why I was getting criticized for waking up early,

    what do you think?:confused:
    Do what makes you happy. I wake up around 5:30 to 6:00 am 3 to 4x a week to go for long, early morning walks even though I don't have to.

    It provides me with energy for the entire day, it gets those endorphins pumping into my blood stream, and I'm far more productive during the day.

    I've experimented with sleeping in, working out at different times of the day, and for me, waking up early works better for me. Sure, there are some days I sleep in, but lately I've been getting up early in the morning and I really enjoy it.

    RoD
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Originally Posted by jakearms3 View Post

    I have heard to old proverbs on early rising and was wonder why I was getting criticized for waking up early,
    "The early bird catches the cold. Wait until the sun rises?"

    Daniel
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    • Profile picture of the author swords
      I too also work best in the mornings, but I dread doing it! After considering all my bodily signs, I think it came down to my mind being completely exhausted after the entire day, which yielded no good results in the evening. In the morning, your brain had time to shut down and now it's getting ready to tackle the day once again -- if you hit that time when it's "getting ready" then you'll be more productive. At least that's how I interpret myself
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  • Profile picture of the author QuelThalas
    here in my country we have this
    "wake up before the cock pecking your money"

    but what are you going to do at early in the morning?
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  • Profile picture of the author RockNRolla
    I would love to be able to rise at this time, I have a condition called delayed sleep phase disorder. It means that no matter how hard I try, I can't break the nocturnal sleeping pattern. I usually fall asleep around 5-6am and wake up around 12-1pm every day.

    It's annoying as on the rare occasion when my sleeping pattern changes to a normal one temporarily (usually after a hard weekend drinking and my head is all over the place) I always find that I do get FAR more work done with an early rise and being awake during normal hours.

    I have no reason why this is but I definitely notice it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Do what you need to do in order to meet your goal the fastest way possible.

    Ignore everyone else..

    I personally wake up early as i'm more productive in the morning.. Love the morning calm and silence.

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author Dyann22
    I've just recently started waking up at 5.00am instead of my usual 7.00am. I've yet to make much productive use of those 2 hours but I'm working on it. I think it is probably a good time to work on those "important, but not urgent" things - particularly all those training ebooks that I've bought but never quite got around to opening.
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  • Profile picture of the author MouseandMice
    When do you all go to bed, then?
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    • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
      Originally Posted by MouseandMice View Post

      When do you all go to bed, then?
      My head is on the pillow at 10pm most nights; rarely later than 11. If it is later, I set my alarm accordingly so I do get at least 6 hours sleep. Most times, though, I wake up at 5 anyway because my inner clock has adjusted to that time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by MouseandMice View Post

      When do you all go to bed, then?
      Between 10pm and midnight if I'm waking up at 5 or 530 am. On other nights I'll go to bed anywhere from 1am to 4am.

      RoD
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Thomas
    Are you just waking up with nothing to do?
    If so...strange
    Are you waking up at 5 to sit, drink a cup of tea, get dressed, go for a nice long jog, or put RushFit or something similar and do an hour or so of workout?
    Maybe you're playing your favorite game, or just reading the news before work?

    It's a great time to gain some quiet, but if you got nothing to do, pointless.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jolly Roger
    That's just someone else's opinion. If it doesn't help you, just move on. Especially if what you're doing is important to you.

    Reminds me of "People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours."
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Some of the days when I've gotten started before 7AM have been the most productive I've had. Work until 1 or 2PM non-stop and man does stuff get done. (Usually I start around 8:30.)

    Why?

    NO INTERRUPTIONS.

    So ignore the people who are telling you it's pointless. Use the time to get stuff done.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I personally don't see the point in waking up as early as 5AM.

    The only good reason is if you want to go online and do work that will push you forward to your goals. Or maybe even meditating and visualizing success for about 30 minutes.

    The body needs to rest and if you can wake up when ever you feel like it, that is great too. I like to wake up when my body can sleep no more.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      I personally don't see the point in waking up as early as 5AM.

      The only good reason is if you want to go online and do work that will push you forward to your goals. Or maybe even meditating and visualizing success for about 30 minutes.

      The body needs to rest and if you can wake up when ever you feel like it, that is great too. I like to wake up when my body can sleep no more.
      Exactly. So 10-5 is a good 7 hours of sleep, just as 11-6 or Midnight-7 or 1-8. It's all the same as far as getting proper rest is concerned.

      The biggest benefit of an early start is the absence of interruptions, as others have mentioned. Under normal circumstances nobody is going to call you in those early hours. Nobody will be knocking at your door. Most businesses aren't open that early, so there's no reason to go anywhere. The early hours belong to YOU, and you can get a lot done.

      But it all comes down to personal choice and tolerance. By that I mean some people need up to ten hours of sleep, depending on their lifestyle or health, so an early rise may not be feasible. But for those who can do it, it's certainly not pointless if they don't waste that time.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
        Originally Posted by Joel Young View Post

        Exactly. So 10-5 is a good 7 hours of sleep, just as 11-6 or Midnight-7 or 1-8. It's all the same as far as getting proper rest is concerned.

        The biggest benefit of an early start is the absence of interruptions, as others have mentioned. Under normal circumstances nobody is going to call you in those early hours. Nobody will be knocking at your door. Most businesses aren't open that early, so there's no reason to go anywhere. The early hours belong to YOU, and you can get a lot done.

        But it all comes down to personal choice and tolerance. By that I mean some people need up to ten hours of sleep, depending on their lifestyle or health, so an early rise may not be feasible. But for those who can do it, it's certainly not pointless if they don't waste that time.
        I'll add to this by saying imo every hour you're asleep before midnight seems to count as two slept after midnight.
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyBabb
    I personally think that is a great time for you since your body is adjusted to that time. I would just make sure you are productive right from the start. Get some of your most urgent things out of the way.
    I'm usually up myself at 6 but have to play chauffeur to my wife and kids. Now that school is almost out, I'm looking forward to getting an earlier start in actually working.
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  • Profile picture of the author 11811
    Personally I love getting up early... in many ways it's my favorite time of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author ReferralCandy
    Days when I wake up early are the best and most productive days, and whenever I encounter discussions like this I'm reminded that I ought to wake up earlier.

    Don't worry about the criticisms of others. People have a natural incentive to get you to be more like them. Ask yourself- who do you want to be like? And solicit their feedback.

    Eagles don't care for the criticism of crows, friend.

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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    Well if you think that waking up 5am in the morning is effective then continue.
    Don't mind those people who criticized your opinion.
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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      Sleep wasn't really my thing when i was first starting out. I would go days without sleeping just because IM and starting a business online infatuated me.

      Aside from that however, I do now get up between 6 - 7 am. I tried pushing this to waking at 5am consistently but 6am feels like a decent starting off point for the day.

      Just do whatever it takes for you to succeed. For me it was lack of sleep that made a difference lol
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  • Profile picture of the author T086
    5 is too early. Better off 6:30 -7. I am more productive in the morning than at night.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
      Originally Posted by T086 View Post

      5 is too early. Better off 6:30 -7. I am more productive in the morning than at night.
      The sky was almost in full daylight today at 5AM. I wouldn't call that night.
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      • Profile picture of the author jakearms3
        Originally Posted by Joel Young View Post

        The sky was almost in full daylight today at 5AM. I wouldn't call that night.
        I have woken up at 5am twice now, and it has been complete daylight. I actually really enjoyed the 5am starts
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  • Profile picture of the author CRGreen
    If getting up at 5am works for you, then do it. Don't worry about what other people think. We have to do what works best for us.
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Fridrihs
    I have some friends who are more productive during nights. I tried once and failed immediately.

    I like to wake up early. I like to get things done before noon and I can enjoy my time for the rest of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author farkry
    I started getting up at 5:30 a couple of months ago so I can exercise in the morning, one of the best decisions I've made. Take no notice of other people, do what works for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author amro
    Waking up early can have very positive effect on you, and if u go walking/ running in the open air before the sunrise it can be very rewarding for your well being and health...
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