Waking up in the morning can be one of the most difficult aspects of one’s working life. You’re tired, relaxed in bed, and definitely not feeling like getting up to start the day. So, what do you do? Well, if you’re like many working adults, you most likely set your alarm to the latest possible time you can – just enough time to roll out of bed, get ready, and run out of the door.

Unfortunately, by setting your alarm as late as it can be, you’re actually making it more difficult to get up each morning because you’re in a rush. Feeling stressed and hurried can decrease your daily productivity. Instead, check out these three reasons to set your alarm an hour or two earlier and increase your productivity.

  1.       You’ll have more time to relax before starting work. Imagine slowly waking up in the morning, sitting on the couch,and sipping a coffee. If you work full-time, then you know that the morning and the evening hours are the only times to relax. So, why cut out the morning relaxation? By taking time for yourself in the morning, you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to start the work day. When you’re ready to work, you’ll get more work done – and faster.
  2.       You’ll have more time to finish work. Let’s face it: some days are simply less productive than others. However, that doesn’t mean that the next day has to suffer too. If you couldn’t complete a big project the previous day, waking up earlier can ensure that you have the option to start work earlier if necessary.
  3.       You’ll have more time. Period. Regardless of how you choose to spend your morning – whether you’re relaxing with a cup of java or catching up on work – you’ll have additional hours to do anything you want. Work-life balance is crucial to having happy and productive days.

Consider setting your alarm earlier in the morning. While it may take a few days to adjust to the change, you will eventually be grateful for additional time in the day to be more productive.