We all have the same 168 hours in a week, so why is it that some people seem more productive than others? How do some of the busiest people find time to workout and stay fit, spend quality time with the people the care about, and maintain a comfy, happy home while working full-time?
For many successful people, one of their major secrets is getting up early. In her book, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, Laura Vanderkam reveals why most successful people choose to get up early. I’ve never considered myself a morning person and getting up early has always been a challenge for me. However, I have found when I get up a little bit earlier and go to the gym before I start working that I’m more productive during the day, feel better, and am able to focus on other projects because my workout is out of the way.
Early mornings are when you have the most control of your priorities. You are able to do the tasks that are most important to you without interruptions. Vanderkam suggests that you focus on tasks that, over time, will add up to provide the most success. Some examples are going to the gym, learning a new skill, or writing. The successful people Vanderkam interviewed said mornings are the time they have just for themselves.
“Seizing your mornings is the equivalent of that sound financial advice to pay yourself first. If you wait until the end of the month to save what you have left, there will be nothing left over. If you wait until the end of the day to do meaningful but not urgent things like exercise, pray, read, ponder how to advance your career or grow your organization, or truly give your family your best, it probably won’t happen.” ~Laura Vanderkam
Getting up earlier can change your mornings from hectic to nurturing for yourself and your family. With our busy schedules, it can often be difficult to spend quality time with our children and spouses during the day. Putting a focus on quality time in the morning with loved ones can be a great way to start the day. You could enjoy a nice leisurely breakfast together, take a walk, or snuggle.
Starting your day off in a frazzled rush is stressful for everyone involved. Just getting up an extra 30 minutes earlier will bring more peace to your mornings and your life.
Are you a morning person? What are the benefits to you for waking up early? I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories in the comments below. Please share one specific benefit that you’ve experienced.