The early bird gets the worm is a saying I am sure we’ve all heard before. Yet mornings continue to be the hardest part of the day for many. “Google” traits of successful people and one of the common denominators will surely be an early start to the day. And there are all kinds of studies that highlight the benefits of rising before or with the Sun. My on and off again relationship with early rising has definitely served an unexpected purpose, I now know for sure how the difference in the time I rise affects the day. So let me highlight three of the benefits I have found to correlate with waking up early.
A Quiet House
One benefit of waking up early is the opportunity to start the day with quiet reflection while the kids are still asleep. I find that morning meditation tends to have a much more profound effect on my mental state throughout the day. Taking that initial moment to offer gratitude and clear my head ensures that I complete the day with clarity. I feel that on the days I rise early I tend to make much better decisions in every area of life from eating choices to putting out any fire that may arise throughout the day. Rising early also allows me to complete my “Morning Pages” without being rushed. If you would like to know more about what morning pages are check out The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It’s one of the best courses I’ve ever taken. If you start off doing nothing but enjoying the solitude of early mornings in most cases I am sure your days will be better for it.
Get Workout Done
As a Husband and Father of three trying to grow businesses along with working a full time job, I find that working out in the evenings is often very difficult. I mean, it’s possible but to do so means something more often than not will have to go lacking as it pertains to spending time with the family (in my case). But this isn’t the only reason I like working out early in the mornings. I have found that a good morning workout is much like the ultimate cup of coffee. I say this because on the mornings that I workout I seem to get this burst of energy that tends to last throughout the day. One thing I did to help me in my current habit of morning workouts is I checked the exercise class calendar at my local civic center and found that a Spin Class is offered at 5:00AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and there’s also a BodyFlow class offered at the same time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So on Tuesdays and Thursdays I get to kill two birds with one stone because BodyFlow ends with some time for meditation.I have a small weight room in the basement so taking these classes in the morning means that the strength training I am able to work in sometimes at home is icing on the cake.
Productivity Goes To Another Level
The third and final benefit of early rising I’d like to highlight is the difference in productivity. From the moment I get back from the gym I am like a machine. I feel energetic, my head is clear. I mean the mental difference is amazing! I know for a fact if I compare my action list at the end of ten days of early rising the amount of items completed will be more than double that of ten days of getting up just in time to get my daughter to school and get to work. Not only am I more productive at my job but I have more energy to focus on my business and my family when I get home. If you are searching for ways to be more productive during the day I challenge you to rise an hour earlier and try some or all of the above and see how it works out. Remember to let me know how it goes. It’s always good to know how these tips work for others.
I know that I mentioned a quiet house as being one of the benefits of early rising but if you have kids try and wake them up a little earlier too after you get your morning routine done. According to Forbes, there is a correlation to early rising and good grades. In the end, there’s different strokes for different folks but more often than not early rising is definitely a factor that emerges to be common among the successful.