Waking Early

A week ago Danny, here at 2Shoes, asked me to write our newest blog post. I’ve always casually enjoyed writing so I jumped at the chance. The topic was also one that I’m incredibly passionate about- waking early. This has never been something I had to work hard to be good at; I have always woken up early. I enjoy those few precious hours before the world wakes up, a time I can work on personal projects, read and enjoy a delicious cup(s) of coffee before those less flexible obligations begin. Even as I’m writing this blog on a Sunday morning I’m in my favorite coffee waterin’ hole with a pint (yes an entire pint) of Americano at 7:30am.

Do a quick web-search for “benefits of waking early” or “early morning productivity” and you’re sure to find thousands of resources preaching the good word of rising early. Here at 2Shoes, our Tucson team is no stranger to waking up early. Several days a week we meet as early as 6:30 to get in a good hour and a half of work before a few of us blast off to our day jobs. Sometimes it takes us a few minutes of catching up (often times while I make that wondrous second cup of coffee) before things really get rolling. But we often times have incredibly productive morning work sessions and it’s an amazing way to start the day.

Other than these collaborative work sessions we all have other reasons for waking early. Some are practical reasons. Danny and Elliot have been up as early as five in the morning emailing with our developer in Pakistan as we prepared to launch the newest version of the app. Monday I’ll be up and ready for a 7am sales call with a potential customer in the U.K. and two of our team members call the East Coast home so any morning work with these guys makes early mornings a necessity.

But even when we take mornings “off” from 2Shoes many of us still see the incredible value in waking up early. Whether we are up for a morning run, yoga, or time spent catching up on breaking news in the sloth world (don’t get Danny started) we all rarely sleep in past six most days of the week.

If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of waking up early we’d all encourage you to give it a shot, if only for a week. Below are a few tips to making the most out of your mornings as well as some ways to get those creative juices flowing:

  • Go to sleep earlier!
  • Open the curtains in your room so that you can start to wake when the sun comes up.
  • Like coffee? Set an automated timer on your coffee maker.
  • Set up “meetings” with friends or business partners for early mornings.
  • Find a friend to have as an accountability partner.
  • Plan your next days goals before you go to bed at night. This way when you wake up you’ll be able to use that time to tackle personal projects or goals, not plan them.
  • Use this time to exercise, do that reading you always say you want to do or practice yoga or meditation.

We’ll leave you with that and a quote that gets us excited about waking early and tackling the day ahead:

“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” ~ Author Unknown

-Slaton Whatley