How to Find an Extra 2 hours per Day by @AlyciaEdgar

by Alycia Edgar | Featured Contributor

It’s well documented that one of the philosophies of highly successful people is and early start to their day.  Successful people are members of what is known as the 5am club, rising and achieving more before most of us have even opened our eyes at around 7am. They get more done each and everyday, have time to work on their super important projects and feel in control of their day right from the start.

Imagine feeling in control of your day and having time for those important projects? Think it’s not possible to become a morning person? Think again. You can train yourself to be a “morning person” and here’s how.

  1. Get a good nights sleep. We all function better on a good nights sleep and for most that varies between 6 and 8 hours. You know what works best for you, make sure you are getting it each night.
  2. Get to bed earlier.  It’s hard to get up at 5am if you’re going to bed at midnight! How can you train yourself to go to bed earlier? Start going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night for 4 to 7 days, then add on another 15 minutes for 4 to 7 days until you get to your desired going to bed time.  The other side of this is to set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier as well, following the same principle. And get up and stay out of bed when the alarm goes off.
  3. Give yourself “wind down” time at night.  Don’t use electronic devices or television at least 30 minutes before you go to bed. This will help you to relax and “turn your brain off.” Personally I read a fiction book to “turn off” before sleep.
  4. Put your alarm out of arms reach.  You snooze you lose! Make sure you MUST get out of bed in order to turn off your alarm. If you don’t you won’t get into the habit. DO NOT under any circumstances hop back into bed! Put clothes on, make yourself warm, whatever you need to do to make sure you stay up.  Cup of tea anyone?
  5. Have a purpose.  What can those extra 2 hours in the morning, 10 hours over the workweek help you achieve? What project has been on the backburner for a long time that you can make a start on? Don’t open email or social media, or fluff around on the internet.  Be strategic about those extra 2 hours.  Otherwise tomorrow you won’t be motivated to get up!

Following the steps above you can find 10 extra hours per week to work on a project. You’d be crazy not to give it a go.  And the feeling of accomplishment from that 2 hours per day on your project will set you up for a super productive day.

Dare you to give it a go. What do you have to lose?


Alycia Edgar Business Performance HQ – Torquay, VIC, Australia

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 10.54.45 AMForget about your mental picture of an accountant sitting behind a desk crunching numbers all day, stopping only to peer at you over the top of his or her wire-rimmed glasses.

A trained accountant, yes, but also much more. Alycia Edgar does not fit the picture painted above; instead she is a latte-sipping, beach-loving business owner who happens to be great at numbers and systems.

Alycia is a leading expert in creating systems for profitable business growth for her clients.  Nothing makes her happier than looking at your business numbers and helping you to understand what the numbers are saying, implementing systems to make your business more productive, or processes to make everything happen quicker and smoother.

Alycia is passionate about the idea that the right systems are the key to driving business growth.

She can share clear strategies that can help business owners become more productive and profitable immediately.

Alycia works with business owners to achieve this result through one-on-one mentoring and consulting on how to roll out innovative systems, procedures and processes. And will be launching her revamped Bizfficiency course later in the year.

A lover of social media, you can follow Alycia on twitter @alyciaedgar, Facebook – Alycia Edgar, instagram, Alycia Edgar.

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4 Replies to “How to Find an Extra 2 hours per Day by @AlyciaEdgar”

  1. Michelle Spear

    I love my early mornings when it’s still dark outside. I’ll go out and check the constellations and then go back into the house on a weekend and start work. The world is quiet. The house is quiet. It’s a productive time of day. By 10:00 I feel like I have done a day’s work and that the next 9 or 10 hours are play time for me.

    1. Melissa Stewart

      Michelle… That sounds amazing and I SO wish I was a morning person! Maybe next week. Seriously 🙂

  2. Gillia

    Good post! Sorry to point it out, but it would be stronger with proper punctuation and better usage! “An early start,” not “and early start.” “5 a.m.,” not “5am.” “A good night’s sleep,” not “a good nights sleep.” “Going-to-bed time,” not “going to bed time.” “Don’t use electronic devices for at least…,” not “Don’t use electronic devices at least…” Internet, capital I.

    1. Melissa Stewart

      Gillian! Glad you stopped by and scared to death you’re going to correct this comment! I pray that our readers are grading on a curve 🙂

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