While we certainly aren’t all early birds by nature, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that an early wake-up is the key to a more productive, more successful day. Hence, we’re constantly striving to not hit snooze (as many times) and to lock down the perfect morning routine the will promise a better day ahead.
So is there a certain hour to set our alarm that will ensure we make the most of our day? Two former Navy SEALs seem to think so. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, founders of leadership consulting firm Echelon Front and authors of the number one New York Times best seller Extreme Ownership, are the latest to chime in on why waking up early matters.
“Just on a practical side, if you wake up early in the morning—like at 4:30 in the morning—you’re going to have some free time to yourself to make things happen, to take care of things that are important to you,” Willink said during a Facebook Live Q&A hosted at Business Insider’s New York office. Later in the day, everything and everyone else in your life begins to chip away at that time; 4:30 a.m. is the magic hour when everyone else is still asleep, so the time is completely yours.
The advantages are twofold. Willink mentioned the “straight-up self-discipline” you practice by committing to the early wake-up time. Your ownership of the day starts as soon as you get out of bed and can positively set the tone for everything that follows.
Have a morning routine you swear by? Tell us your secrets in the comments.
This post was originally published on October 1, 2016, and has since been updated.