Being An Early Riser

Makes You Happier, Healthier And More Productive

Being An Early RiserFor many people, It’s not easy to get out of bed earlier than is absolutely necessary. But by laying in bed they are forgoing many benefits that being an early riser can bring, you could say the early bird does indeed catch the worm. Being an early riser allows you to get your day off on the right foot and enjoy additional career, health, and psychological benefits as a result. If you do decide to become an early riser, the key is to ensure that you use the extra time wisely.

10 Advantages of Being an Early Riser

  1. You start the day on your terms. Imagine getting out of bed and having time to do whatever you please before you have to get ready for work. Most of us roll out of bed at the last possible minute and rush around until we arrive at work five minutes late.
  2. You have peace and quiet. The kids are asleep, your partner is snoring. no one is bouncing a ball against the side of the house, and the TV isn’t making any noise. When else do you have this same level of serenity? At night, you’re too exhausted to enjoy it.
  3. You can get more work done. An extra hour of work each morning can make the rest of the day go more smoothly. You could clean up the house or prepare for a day at the office, if you work for yourself perhaps spend an hour a day working on your business rather than in it.
  4.  You can enjoy the sunrise. It’s a spectacular sight. Being an early riser allows you to witness it firsthand.
  5.  You have time to pray or meditate. You can start your day on a positive note and create a good frame of mind for the rest of the day. The early morning is the perfect time to pray or meditate. Notice how much better your day goes when you partake in this morning activity.
  6.  You can get in shape. Many people go to the gym or exercise after a full days work, and are often too tired to enjoy the full benefits of doing so even if they make it to the gym. If you get up early, you can grab your running shoes and head out the door. If running isn’t your thing, perform yoga on the living room floor. A treadmill in front of the morning news can work well, too.
  7.  Studies have shown the early risers eat less. If you sleep late, you likely eat twice as much fast food as early risers. Those that stay up late have been shown to have higher BMIs on the average. Get out of bed earlier and be healthier.
  8. Indulge in a hobby. Whether you like to read, do needle point, or play the violin, the morning can be a great time to enjoy yourself.
  9.  There’s less traffic. Everyone is on the road at 7:30AM. You can already be at the office and taking care of business by then. You might even be able to leave early and avoid the evening rush hour.
  10.  You’ll get better grades. In a study carried out at Texas University, it was discovered that early birds had an average grade point average (GPA) a full point higher than that of night owls. Your parents will be proud.

Are you convinced enough to become an early riser? If you’ve been very consistent with your bedtime and wake time, your body has become used to that schedule. Consider going to bed and waking up just five minutes earlier for the first few days. Then work another five minutes into your schedule. Continue the process until you’ve reached your objective.

By doing this you will discover that utilizing the early morning hours can be very beneficial allowing you to enjoy health, personal, and career advantages by becoming an early riser. Get out of bed and take control of your morning. You’ll be pleased with the results.

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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor.

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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18 thoughts on “Being An Early Riser

  1. Fortunately for me I am naturally an early riser. My body simply won’t let me sleep late, even if I go to bed at 2am, I’m up early. On the rare occasion I try to sleep in, my 2x dogs come and wake me to go out for their morning business. I love the early morning and get more done between 5-7 am than any other time of day.

    I have also read that most successful entrepreneurs agree that early mornings, some exercise and a good breakfast are the starting points for success.
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    • Thanks Jan the important thing is to listen to your body, and in particular to identify the times of day when you feel most energetic and make the best use of them

  2. Great Post!!! I have been struggling to wake early recently I think it’s because of the time change. But these tips have really hit on the head, in the summer when I was waking early I personally experienced tips 1,3 and 8, and it was fantastic. :)
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  3. I enjoyed reading all the benefits of being an early riser, which I am as a part of my regular routine, but #5 resonated with me the most. Having time Bible reading, prayer, and meditation in the mornings sets the tone for my day. When I face challenges during the day, I can often reflect on the section of the Scriptures I read that day, or say a quick prayer to help me through. And getting in that workout/exercise gets the body going. :)

    Excellent post as always, Mike.

    • Hi David, I would say listen to your body for a few days, too many people let their body clock be altered by alarm clocks, I’m awake at 0500 every morning without an alarm clock

  4. Mike, I am a firm believer in the extra hour per day. I have been doing this since back in the eighties. One hour of interrupted time usually equals at least an hour and a half, with out any distractions. I had a tape series called “Lead The Field.” I cannot remember who it was by, but that was the concept
    that was being taught. It is just as, if not more, timely today.
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