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It’s a complaint you hear over and over again: There just aren’t enough hours in the day. But what if there are, and you’re just not using them?

In a great Payscale.com post titled “5 Reasons to Get to Work Early,” writer Gina Belli makes the case for giving your snooze button a rest and arriving at the office before everyone else. She makes some strong points, starting with the obvious one: “You get so much done.” When you punch in before everyone else, you’re afforded distraction-free time to start tackling the most pressing things on your daily agenda. There are no clients or coworkers to throw you off the path to productivity, and that’s a beautiful thing.

On a similar note, Belli writes, “You’re ready when the official day starts.” As your colleagues arrive groggy, waiting for their caffeine to kick in, you’ll already be “firing on all cylinders.” This is especially crucial when there are morning meetings on the docket. You’ll have a leg up on everyone else, and that can make a huge difference.

What’s more, Belli writes, you’ll have a “feeling of control.” There’s something empowering about getting an early start. It gives you the sense you’re on top of things and being proactive. That feeling will help you do better work as the day progresses.

In terms of how the day progresses, going in early “gives you a chance to map out your day.” In that quiet time before your colleagues roll in and start complaining about their commutes and gabbing about the top news headlines, plan out what you’d like to accomplish before quitting time.

“Taking this opportunity to map out your day, and your priorities, can help you accomplish more in a more intentional way,” Belli writes.

Lastly, while being an early bird is clearly its own reward, it’s entirely possible “people will notice,” and that could yield other benefits. By “people,” Belli means supervisors and higher-ups — individuals who are also likely to arrive early, and who just might look to go-getters like you the next time exciting opportunities come along.