I’ve always known myself to be an early riser. Starting when I was around 5 years old, I’d be up between 6:30 and 7:00 every day. Even on the weekends. I probably drove my parents crazy. So yeah, I’d say it’s a little easier for me to wake up than most people, specifically our age bracket, known informally as “those good-for-nothin’ sleeping-in-’til-noon-and-just-playing-on-those-darned-’iPhones’ hooligans“. As I got older, things didn’t really change. Much to the horror of many, I wake up at 7:00 every day during the summer, and 6:00 every day for school; Quite a few people don’t bother to conceal their chagrin when I share that “Sundays are my sleeping-in days since I get to wake up at 8:00 for Church”, but I insist upon getting up at the ‘ungodly hour’ of 6 AM on Saturdays. ‘Why do I do this to myself’, they interrogate. And here’s the answer.
I have ADHD, and it’s great, I love my crazy brain. However, it gets a little tough when I can only work on homework, or a presentation, et c, for about 5 minutes before getting distracted in some way (I wish I were exaggerating, but I’m really not). When I started driving, I tried going to Starbucks at 6 to study. I tried to turn off the distractions for a few hours and just truck through Economics, Physics, Latin, and English. And it worked. I could turn off the part of my brain that kept me from focusing for a precise time (before the sun was fully up, this is a key point): 6:30 until 8:30. Works like a charm.
After I started doing this, I noticed that I only had my math homework left to do, which I either complete Friday afternoon or Sunday afternoon, depending on what I have going on. I adopted this into my routine and had a lot of previously wasted time available to my greedy fingertips. I could sew! I could work on my business plan! I could watch Netflix! And take naps! What a joy!
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a few skeptics sass my 6@Starbucks routine; it’s pretty unconventional for a teenager to be doing this sort of thing. A grand person heard me talking of my routine with a good friend and responded, “You wake up at six on Saturdays to do homework? You’re such a nerd!”. Though the comment was rather snarky, I raised my head high and said, “well, yes, I do, because I get a ton of work done and otherwise it would take me a lot longer”.
Besides my own reasons for my weekly 6@Starbucks habit, you’ll find that if you look up any ‘Habits of Successful People’ article, I can guarantee that at least 80% will say ‘Wake Up Earlier’. I don’t know if it’s a thing where people who do this perceive for there to be more hours in the day or something, but it works.
In short, that’s why I wake up early, and I’d encourage you to do the same. Try it on a Saturday, the worst thing that can happen is that you get some extra work done, and in the process, you saved up some time for a nap!