Not everyone enjoys getting up early. For some people, leaving the comfort of their cozy warm bed might be the hardest part of their day. However, there are many great reasons to become a morning person:
1. Increased productivity
While the rest of the world is sleeping and not able to distract you with phone calls, messages or random noises, you will be free to focus on your priorities for the day.
2. Positive momentum
No matter how small, every little win contributes to your overall momentum throughout the day, even if it’s just getting out of bed when the alarm goes off at 6:00am. There’s nothing wrong with spending your extra time in the morning taking in the sunrise, enjoying your coffee or reading a book.
3. Time to exercise
Everyone knows that exercise is important but sometimes the last thing that you want to do after a long day at work is go for a run or hit the gym. Get your workout in at the start of the day so that you don’t have the excuse to skip it later. Plus, the increased oxygen, circulation and endorphin release will make you feel great all day!
4. Time to meditate
If you look at the top performers in any field, you will probably find that many of them have some kind of meditative practice in their life. A 10 to 20 minute meditation at the start of the day is a great way to clear your mind of anything that’s preoccupying you and get ready to focus on what you need to accomplish.
These days I get up at 6:15 every day so that I can meditate, get to the gym and have a good breakfast before I start my day. Even though there are days that I struggle getting up, I would definitely consider myself a morning person. However, it wasn’t always that way. I used a number of different strategies and worked hard to change the way I related to the early hours of the day.
The early morning is a beautiful and under appreciated time of day. Becoming a morning person has made me more conscious with my time all day. I prioritize meditation and exercise so that I can’t skip them later and I tend to read before bed instead of watching a movie to ensure that I get enough quality sleep the next night. Are you a morning person? Would you like to become a morning person? I’d love to hear about your experiences, let me know in the comments!