“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” Ben Franklin
Everyone knows that person who is up and at ‘em way before the sun. You wonder why on Earth they would do that, but secretly wonder if they know something you don’t. Well, those early risers might actually be on to something. Studies have found a correlation between waking up early and success. Forbes.com reports it is common a habit among high successful CEOs and creative minds, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Michelle Obama, and Ernest Hemingway. Maybe being a night owl works for you. Why mess with a good thing?
If you are considering changing things up a bit, here are 5 key benefits that come from waking up earlier.
- Time for Breakfast- Many people skip breakfast because they are too rushed in the morning. Waking up early helps you be intentional about food choices early on. This habit will set the tone for eating healthy all day, and make you less likely to snag a sugary snack on the way to work or eat anything and everything come lunch time.
2. Increased Productivity- Your mind is fresh and distractions are at a minimum in the morning. Use this time to knock out your to-do list. You will find that tasks are done more efficiently and you make fewer mistakes. This will result in you being able to get more done in a shorter amount of time. It will help you develop a go-getter attitude to power through your day.
3. Time for Exercise- Avoid missed workouts by making a plan to workout first thing in the morning. Something always comes up throughout the day that will throw off your exercise plans if you wait until later in the day. Get up, get it done, and you won’t have to stress about it later on. In fact, you will also reap the benefits of having more energy throughout the day.
4. Setting a Positive Tone to the Day- Let’s face it, jumping out of bed and rushing out the door grumpy and barely put together is not the makings of a great day. You already feel behind the curve and spend all day trying to play catch-up. Waking up early gives you a head start, so you are more likely to be proactive rather than reactive throughout your day.
5. Enjoy the Quiet- Chances are an early start will mean the lovely sound of quiet that we all need. No phones ringing, children yelling, or television background noise. Just peace and quiet. And there is definitely something to be said for the mental quietness the morning brings as well. You have worked out the mental chatter the night before and your mind is more peaceful and focused on the task at hand.
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