We’ve all heard how successful entrepreneurs wake upwell before the
get a metric ton donebefore 5
1. Hitting the snooze button
However, as a successful entrepreneur whostruggles with
I wanted to let the late risers out there know that there is hope for
you, too. So, I spoke with a variety of millionaires who wouldn’t even
think of waking up at 5 or 6 . . . or even 7 a.m.
Here’s our best advice to be successful when the snooze button is your
It might feel as though pressing the snooze button in the morning gives
you a little bit of extra rest to start your day, but the truth is that
it does more harm than good.
Know what works for you.
Getting proper sleep is more important than waking up at a certain hour.
And, if you are more productive at a late hour, that should be your
That’s because when you wake up, your endocrine system begins to release
alertness hormones to get you ready for the day. By going back to sleep,
you’re slowing down this process. Plus, nine minutes doesn’t give your
body time to get the restorative, deep sleep it needs.
Millionaire serial entrepreneur Bryan Clayton, now CEO
gets out of bed between 8 and 9 a.m. He says, “While building my last
company, I tried as hard as I could to get out of bed at 4 or 5 a.m.
After forcing myself for over six months to crack dawn every morning, I
realized that I was half as effective as I was when I was getting 8 to 9
hours of sleep every day.
“It’s better to accept the fact that you need a good night’s sleep to be
the best at what you do than forcing yourself to be something that
2. Prioritizing work over sleep
Ross Andrew Paquette, founder and CEO
ofMaropost, has a
nine-figure net worth. He wakes up between 9 and 9:30 a.m. He says, “I
go to bed when my ideas are exhausted, not when I am. The early morning
is overdone. If your best ideas come at night, work at night. Take
sleepless nights as a sign you have something worth working on, then
take those sleepless nights to work on it.”
Paul Koger, who is a self-employed millionaire trader and owner
regularly gets up at 9:15 a.m., just 15 minutes before the markets open.
He advises that if you like to sleep in, you can be successful if you
tackle more difficult tasks when you are more productive and take it
easy in the morning.
As Arianna Huffington discusses in her sleep manifesto, “The Sleep
Revolution,” a good night’s sleep has the power to increase productivity
and happiness, lead to smarter decision-making, and unlock bigger ideas.
“Many successful people have been promoting lack of sleep, getting up
early and working crazy hours, while it is actually more important to
recognize what works for you and optimize workflow accordingly,” says
Be ready to work when you wake up.
The trick to getting enough sleep is planning ahead and powering down at
a reasonable time.
Craig Wolfe, a multi-millionaire and president
“I actually get up between 8:15 and 9 a.m., but since I manufacture in
different time zones, I usually have to work into the night. To be
successful, no matter how much time you have and when you start and end
work, you have to come up with set times throughout the day where you
are 100 percent available and also times when you are committed to
handling different aspects of your day-to-day business needs.
“For instance, I may sleep in, but when 9 a.m. comes, I am taking calls
no matter what. To be most efficient, I have set blocks of time when I
work on proposals, when I return calls and when I do public relations.
It’s all a matter of scheduling your time and sticking to it to maximize
your efficiency. This includes even a block of time in the evening where
I devote time to my factory overseas. You can be a late riser, but you
better be a master of setting priorities and being disciplined with how
you schedule your time each day and night.”
3. Keeping your phone next to your bed
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Schedule, schedule, schedule.
Another key to getting better sleep is not letting outside influencers
impair your sleep.
Regardless of the time that you wake up, a key secret to success is
managing your schedule. Being more productive during your waking hours
trumps getting up early and not being productive.
Natasha Nelson is a multi-millionaire who recently sold her Yogurtini
business to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and now owns the toy
She wakes up between 8 and 9 a.m. regularly.
The LED screens of our smartphones, tablets, and laptops, for example,
give off what is called blue light, which studies have shown can damage
vision and suppress production of melatonin, a hormone that helps
regulate the sleep cycle.
She also gets ready for the next day the night before. “I plan out my
next morning as the last thing I do at the end of my workday,” says
Nelson. “I don’t have to take time to get organized and start making my
to do list that morning. Since I do get emails and texts in the evening
that are unavoidable, I always add them to my to-do list that I look at
immediately when I wake up. There is no lapse in time from getting out
of bed and work starting, and I don’t have to spend a half-hour or so
getting my day organized.”
Scheduling for success also means that you are acutely aware and focused
on high-value activities. This also means prioritizing your work.
Research also suggests that people with lower melatonin levels are more
prone to be depressed.
millionaire “business matchmaker” who wakes at 8 a.m., blocks her entire
day, from tasks to sales, follow-up to marketing and more, making sure
to balance current clients and new client activity so that her pipeline
“The way you start your day can affect your whole day.”
She also is disciplined about secret time-wasters. She says, “I avoid
logging onto Facebook or social media unless it is scheduled time for
marketing online. I avoid checking emails and phone calls I am not
expecting until it is time to check email and return phone calls.”
4. Skipping breakfast
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And, Brittani is decidedly old-school about it. “I use my paperwork
worksheet that I created for time blocking. No apps or electronic
It took me a while to realize this, but now I am glad that I give great
importance to my morning routine.
I personally attribute my own millionaire success to scheduling, as
well. When I can get away with it, I sleep in until 8 or 9 a.m. and try
my best not to schedule early morning meetings. But, my schedule is
pristine. I use my calendar to schedule everything and set alarms for
moving from one task to the next, always prioritizing important tasks
that move my business forward and revenue-producing activities over busy
As Lisa DeFazio, a healthy-lifestyle expert and registered dietitian,
tells Business Insider, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
You know, I used to be that guy who would push the snooze button several
times until I didn’t have a choice and had to wake up. The first hours
of my day would be frequently terrible. Always in a hurry, running
against the time.
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