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Not many are aware of this, but thriving businessmen are used to waking up at the crack of dawn. For example, for an Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook the working day starts his morning routine at 3:45 a.m.
Ellevest CEO and co-founder Sallie Krawcheck intentionally wakes up every day at 4 a.m as she thinks it the best time for creative thinking.
Amongst other successful people who begin their daily routine at 4 a.m are Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and the American First Lady Michelle Obama.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the crack of dawn is the most productive time because you get the job done before the distractions “wake up”.
If you wake up before the sun goes up, you drastically reduce the level of distraction, such as email, notifications and phone calls. No one will be expecting you to pick up at 4 a.m, no one will post something on Facebook. Both temptations — the internal and the external one — are disposed of.
Thomas C. Corley, an author studying successful people for over 5 years made a conclusion based on his observations: successful businessmen tend to wake up 3-4 hours before their workday starts. “It gives you a feeling of power over your life. It puts the reins of ‘your’ life back into ‘your’ hands”, says Corley.
An entrepreneur Peter Shankman who is in a habit of jogging at 4 a.m. told WSJ: “I sleep in gym clothes and put sneakers on within 10 seconds of waking up. It’s pretty hard to go back to sleep once your shoes are on.”
If you’re not an early bird, Corley suggests finding someone who would join you — an accountability partner. And the most important rule is to “start tomorrow,” he says.