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5 reasons to become a morning person

Morning people get ahead

Does the idea of waking up at 5 am make you cringe? While young people — especially students — tend to rule the night, recent studies indicate that morning people do better in the business world.

Even if you’re not a natural morning person, it’s possible to shift your circadian rhythm so you can get moving earlier. Try going to bed an hour earlier and getting up an hour earlier progressively for a few consecutive days until it feels natural.

“Use the weekend to tune yourself to the new schedule,” recommends James Lipot, a business consultant and instructor in the MBA program at University of Phoenix. “It may feel similar to jet lag at first, but your body will adjust within 48 hours.”

Here are five reasons to transform into a morning person:


You can keep up with the fast pace of business.

Depending on their client base and industry, morning people can be better equipped to serve their clients and get more accomplished, according to Lipot.

“Morning people are ready to take their first call at 8 am,” Lipot says. “They already have their coffee, they’ve checked their email and are ready to go.”


You’ll be a problem-solver.

Being proactive is an important part of problem-solving, and being on the job early can give you a jump-start on attacking the issues of the day, Lipot suggests. “Because they are up and ready to go, morning people can jump on the urgent work right away,” he says.

“Key elements of problem-solving are having contacts and information available when needed,” Lipot continues. “Morning people can obtain same-day assistance more easily.”


You’ll have more energy.

Morning people have the ability to hit the ground running instead of spending the first few workday hours trying to find their groove. Lipot knows this from personal experience. “I have always been a morning person,” he says. “The moment my eyes open, I am running full blast, even without coffee.”


You’ll be better connected.

Today’s global economy can be particularly beneficial to morning people, Lipot notes. “If you live on the West Coast and you deal with more East Coast clients, then you need to be a morning person — because by the time noon hits for you, almost all the East Coast business is finished.”

The same applies to morning people on the East Coast doing business with Europe, or morning people in Asia doing business with the United States.


It’s healthier.

Morning people can lead healthier, more productive lives than evening people, according to recent research.

“I think it pays,” Lipot says, “to be a morning person.”


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