The early bird gets the worm. No, the effect of getting up early is only three sentences (currently about 100 yen)-if you read this book, everyone will surely feel that way. However, it is also true that many people say, "I want to get up early, but it's quite easy…". Whatever you hide, the contributor is one of them. I work as a freelance, so there is no fixed time. With that as an excuse, I want to wake up early, but I am living a night life.
Author Hiroshi Inoue, who is the representative of the morning activity community "Asabu", has the experience of changing his life by getting up early. According to the author, getting up early is all about controlling your time. In the words of the author, it means "run your own life."
Now, can you manage your life? If you feel like you're being swayed by your surroundings, or you're busy and can't afford, take this book with you.
In this book, there are various ideas for early rising that are unique to the author who works for early rising. The content is based on the experience of the author, such as "Cinderella Rule" and "Drinking Party My Rule". Moreover, the style is very positive, probably because the personality of the author appears. After reading this book, you will feel positive and want to get up early.
Main points of this book
Getting up early has various advantages, such as “increasing work efficiency”, “free time on weekdays”, and “saving money”.
The key to getting up early is knowing how much sleep you need and fixing your sleep. Try to make your sleep time longer or shorter, and try and find an appropriate sleep time by trial and error.
If you can't get up early, look again at the purpose of getting up early.
Benefits of getting up early
Become a weapon of life
In the family where the author was born and raised, breakfast was from 5:30. It was because his father was an office worker and left home at 6 o'clock to avoid a crowded train. The whole family had a morning life according to their father, and it was customary to sleep at 22:00 and get up at 5 am.
However, the life of the author is completely changed by becoming a member of society. I started working at 10am, worked late into the night, and often went out to drink with my boss and colleagues. I was tired both physically and mentally, and on weekends I slept until noon.
One day, I was disgusted with such a life, so I decided to talk to my boss, "I'm going to work two hours early, so can I go home two hours early?" My boss was surprised, but he accepted the offer.
Morning life was full of good things. If you come to the office before 8am, you will be able to work in a quiet workplace with a refreshing and clear mind. If you work intensively for two hours from 8 am to 10 pm, the most important work of the day is almost over when other employees come to work. Most of the day's work is done in the morning, and there is plenty of room in the afternoon to focus on other work.
The evaluation from the boss also went up. They started to think that they were “decent” and “working hard”. The recognition increased my motivation and improved my results.
As such, morning life is not just a lifestyle. It can also be a weapon in life.
I can secure my time
If you wake up early, you can make your own time even on weekdays.
Many people have potential aspirations such as wanting to study English and reading books. Even so, he has given up saying, "I have no work on weekdays and I have no time."
If you have something to do, get up early. If you have time on a weekday morning, you will not only be able to work efficiently, but also have time to do what you want to do.
For example, if you want to learn English, study at a cafe near your office from 7am to 8am. If you use your commuting time to study English, you should be able to secure a considerable amount of time.
If you get up early, you will spend less money at night and save money.
The cost for one drinking party is 5,000 yen. If you go to the second party, it will cost about 2,000 yen to 3,000 yen, and you may even use a taxi. In that case, it costs 10,000 yen per night. Isn't it more constructive to save the money and prepare for the future than spending money on drinking parties?
Some people may be worried that if you stop the drinking party, you will lose the relationship. If so, why not invite them to the "one-time, one-hour, 1,000 yen" morning instead of the "one-time, three hours, 5,000 yen" drinking party? It's much better to have a fresh morning and get excited about a positive topic rather than complaining at a drinking party.
[Must read points!] Tips for getting up early
Make a timetable
Next, let's look at a specific way to get up early.
An effective preparation for getting up early is to create a "morning and evening timetable." By visualizing your lifestyle, you will be able to understand how your usual activities are leaning towards the night.
The point here is to write it down in as much detail as possible. Think about whether you're spending too much time somewhere, wasting your time, or what you're doing after you go home and can shift in the morning.
The ideal is to have two hours free in the morning. Of course, one hour is fine, but there is a big gap between "1 hour" and "2 hours" in the early morning. If you are trying to get up early, we recommend two hours to fully enjoy the benefits. If you're up at seven now, let's get up at five.
Know proper sleep time
After confirming the current situation and ideals, examine the sleep time you need. Try making it longer or making it shorter and try with trial and error.
However, at the beginning, it is highly likely that you have a sleep debt (lack of sleep that has accumulated around the day). If you are chronically sleep-deprived, you will still be sleepy no matter how many hours you sleep in that state. Therefore, let's try sleeping more than usual on weekends and consecutive holidays. Then after changing to a state without sleep debt, try changing the sleeping time. If you don't feel drowsy during the day, you may think that you have enough sleep time.
Fix sleep time
When you know the appropriate sleep time, calculate the time you want to wake up and set the bedtime. To sleep for 7 hours and get up at 5 o'clock every morning, I have to go to bed at 22:00. First, fix this "sleep at 22:00".
When thinking of getting up early, many people tend to look up at the "time to get up." However, the most important thing in getting up early is not the time to get up. Rather, the focus should be on "time to go to bed".
Not only the proper sleep time, but also the time taken to prepare for the morning, the commute time, the start time of the company, etc. Let's make fine adjustments according to the circumstances and fix it at a comfortable bedtime.
Get out of the comfort zone
To sleep at 22:00, I would like to leave the company by 19:00 at the latest. However, some workplaces may still have the custom of "overtime is a virtue". You may be staying in the company until late, and you may not want to come home early.
What you need to do is get out of the comfort zone. Comfort zone means a place where you can enjoy yourself without having to show courage. Somehow staying in the company to work is easier than dare to return early. However, in order to control your own time, you should never immerse yourself in lukewarm water. You need to talk to your boss, communicate your thoughts, and get them to understand.
If you still can't get up early
Think about why you can't get up early
If you can't get up early, look again at the purpose of getting up early. The fact that the drinking party continues to be late, the time allocation at night is not good, and the person sleeps twice is just a result. Because he has no clear and strong purpose, he falls asleep twice.
In order to reconsider the purpose of getting up early, "meeting with yourself" is recommended. An interview is an interview you have with yourself. Repeat the questions and answers, why you can't get up early, whether the reason is because there is a mistake in setting the purpose, what is the appropriate purpose, etc., and organize the contents and write it down in a notebook. Then, you'll notice the real causes of being unable to get up early, such as "goal too high" or "goal wrong". Once you understand the true cause, set a goal that suits you better.
Enjoy Saturday and Morning over Hanakin
The idea of “Saturday rather than Hanakin” is also effective. Friday night is the entrance to the weekend. It's a waste to spend this precious time at a drinking party. Instead, think about spending Saturday mornings and mornings meaningfully.
It is good to develop this idea and make a timetable for weekends. The point is to keep going up and going to bed on weekends the same as on weekdays. If this shifts, the rhythm of the next week will be affected.
Respond flexibly with Cinderella rules
No matter how much you decide to go to bed early and get up early, you may be late at night due to dinner or overtime work. If you try to get up early the next day, you'll get sleep deprivation. This is the end of the book.
To stay up early, it's just as important to be flexible as it is to follow My Rules. So I would like to recommend the "Cinderella rule." The Cinderella rule is an exceptional rule that you will always go to bed by 24:00, even if you stay up a little late at night. When this rule is applied, the wake-up time is also shifted so that proper sleep time can be secured. The author requires 7 hours of sleep, so he decides to wake up at 7 o'clock the day after the Cinderella rule is applied. That way you don't have to dislike yourself because you didn't get up early.
It is also important to set an upper limit on the number of times the Cinderella rule can be applied. In the case of the author, I have decided to use Cinderella rules only twice a month. If it is too frequent, the habit of getting up early will be lost.
How to associate with a drinking party
Set my rules
The "drinking party" can be said to be the most terrifying enemy for those who want to get up early. You may not be able to refuse the invitation from your boss, and you may feel stressed and want to go out for a drink. For this kind of working person, this book also introduces how to get along well with drinking parties.
For example, how about deciding which day to go to a drinking party? You may not have a drinking party on Friday and Sunday, or decide not to go to a drinking party for two consecutive nights. If you are worried about lack of communication with your colleagues, invite them for lunch.
My rules set by the author are "I will only participate in drinking parties of up to 4 people including myself" "Beer can be up to 2 mugs" "I can not go to a drinking party that starts after 20:00" "Second party "Do not participate." "Participate only in positive drinking parties."
In particular, "participate only in positive drinking parties" is an important rule. A drinking party is a place to enjoy conversation. If it's just a complaining party, my feelings will be negative. While spending the drinking party meaningfully, in order to minimize the impact on the next day, I try to participate only in positive drinking parties.
Recommendation of reading
In addition to the summary, this book contains a number of early rising tips and life stories about the "people who have changed their lives early in the life" that the author has met. If you really want to get into the habit of getting up early, then this book is for you. I'm sure you'll notice the possibility of getting up early and take a step toward changing your life. Maybe your life is changing at the time of reading this.