Early Bird Guide

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Recall the old saying, “The early bird catches the worm”?  It dates back to the 1600s but is still widely used today. As a refresher, someone who is considered an “early bird” is simply a go-getter. They have the drive to get things done before others, and more likely than not, turn out much more successful than those who come last minute. In a more literal sense, the first bird to go on the hunt for food in the morning is going to turn out more successful than the bird that waits to go after peak feeding hours. I could continue to educate you on the old saying and all of the science behind birds but that’s not the point. What you should take away from the saying is the nature of starting the day off strong.
What you may or may not have realized is that we are all “morning people”. The early morning hours give us the greatest opportunity to be productive for various reasons. Given that you actually went to sleep early enough to wake up earlier, the morning provides you with a distraction free environment. Its the time when traffic is almost nonexistant and the birds have just started chirping. With a fresh mind, you have the ability to focus on work at your highest potential. Think of yourself like a machine that runs on a battery. If you start important tasks with a full charge, you will be able to perform at your highest potential. On the other hand, if you try to perform this very same tasks when you are on the verge of a critical battery level, your abilities will be hindered, preventing you from getting the most out of yourself.
Coming from a college student, I can honestly say that being an early bird also improves overall time management. The majority of students won’t have their first class until after 8am. Naturally we may want to take the whole morning to sleep in “preparation” for the day, without realizing that we are wasting time. Waking up before 6am will allow the average student to get at least an extra hour of work done. This truly shows when you are able to complete an assignment, attend an 8 am class, and then forget that you even got ahead on your work during the very same morning.
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