Waking Up Early In The Mornings
“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” This quote by Aristotle has inspired historic figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to rise early in the morning. However, there seems to be a battle between Morning Larks and Night Owls as to which is better: waking up early or sleeping late. However, we will not be debating as to which is better, rather we will be looking at the significant benefit of rising early in the morning.
First, it must be said, as with most things in life, you must teach yourself to rise early in the morning. We all enjoy sleeping, as sleep is essential to our health. However, oversleeping, meaning sleeping more than 6-8 hours (considering that you are an adult) per day (with some exceptions), takes time away from our dreams, goals and aspirations. Many of the great leaders in today’s world have stated that they wake up early in the morning to get their thoughts organized and in harmony before heading to work. To rise early in the morning, means you have more time to adjust for the day and more time to concentrate, think and focus. It means you do not need to rush to arrive to work. It means you can leave 10-15 minutes early to work than you would normally have and might beat traffic and the headache it causes. Furthermore, if you live in a crowded city such as New York or Los Angeles, the moment you wake up early, you will notice how quite the city is. How much you can focus on the task at hand. Or you may meditate, facing the rising sun in most pleasant time of the day. It takes just a bit of action and motivation and you will become a morning person.
Now, you may be asking; “I tried, but I do not find the motivation to get out of the bed.” Keep in mind, if you snooze, you loose. One of the best methods to waking up early is to have a “To-Do” list. Your “To-Do” list may be your motivation. The moment you wake up, take look at your list and get to work. The most successful people on the planet, almost always have a “To-Do” list, therefore, create a “To-Do” list the night before, with the most difficult task being the first to tackle. There is a psychological reason behind it. The reasons being that you do not need to worry about the difficult task later in your day. Worry, itself is unhealthy. To add to this point, by the time most people wake up, you would already have finished majority of the tasks you were supposed to do during the day. It will give you more time to focus on the things you always intended to do but never found time to do it. It will give you a chance to not think about the task you were supposed to do when you arrive home because you have already completed it. Sure, it is much easier said than done, however, that is why you have to teach yourself to wake up early. Try setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier than you would normally wake up. Once you master waking up 15 minutes earlier, take away another 15 minutes and so on until you are satisfied.
With a final thought, here is a mathematical calculation to think about. A single year has 8760 hours. The average lifespan of a human being is 75 years, which equates to 657,000 hours, excluding leap years. You can do the math based on your age and you will know many hours you have lived and how many hours you have left based on the average lifespan. Our biological sand clock starts the day we are born and the ends the day we pass, we have do decide how we spend it and with whom we spend it with. Remember, you only receive one chance at life, make it worthwhile and make it memorable. Do not sleep your way through life, when you can make changes. Live healthy, eat healthy, drink healthy, and enjoy your life.