“I still can’t wait to get my pants on in the morning,” said three-time Pulitzer Prize winning American Journalist, Thomas Friedman.
Does this describe you? Or are you the person that wishes morning happened at noon?
Perhaps you’re more like American writer, Nicholas Baker, who stated in an interview with Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work: “The mind is newly cleansed but it’s also befuddled and you’re still just plain sleepy.”
But Baker didn’t let the sleepiness stop him. He hit the pages early. In fact, he enjoyed “sleepy writing” so much that he developed a strategy to squeeze two mornings out of one day. Curry states,
“[Baker] will get up around 4 or 4:30 a.m. and write for an hour and a half—but then he goes back to sleep until 8:30 and gets up again, this time turning his attention to ‘daylight kind of work,’ like transcribing an interview or editing what he wrote during the first morning session.”
That’s one way to become a morning person.
I’m not on a mission to make (or guilt) you into becoming a morning person. But I do hope to inspire you. A whole new world might open up to you if you’re up and at ’em an hour or two before the crush of the day. Just think what you can do and accomplish during that time that you’d otherwise not make time for: Meditating, exercising, journaling, reading, personal project work, and so on.
Over the years I’ve grown to deeply love my early mornings. In the pre-dawn hours, before the pressures and episodes of the day take their toll:
I’m up at the bell.
Gym clothes on (laid out the night before).
I knock back about 16 ounces of water.
I pound the iron in the gym.
I shower up.
I down a protein and greens shake.
I kickback in my favorite chair.
And there’s the steam of my coffee, the feel of my journal, the smell of ink and notebook paper, and most of all peace and quiet within and without.
How can you become more of a morning person? By being a morning person!
Try it for 10 days.
Get up at 5:00am.
Have a plan in place. What will you do? What will be your routine until time for work or before you wake up the kids? You may discover this will be the most meaningful, productive, time of your day.
For 10 days give up the late night sitcom(s), surfing the Internet, and the like.
Get to bed early. Shoot for 6 – 7 hours of sleep.
Set your alarm—for 5:00am.
Dis-alarm your snooze.
And when the clock strikes 5:00am, GET THOSE PANTS ON!
You game? Let me know how it goes!
Are you already a morning person? What’s your experience in those early mornings? What is your morning routine?