Some people think that getting up in the wee hours of the morning is for the birds. For years, I had gone to the gym to exercise at 4:30 every morning. I always felt too tired at the end of the work day to pump iron. So I turned it around and started exercising in the morning. Not only did I get my workout “out of the way,” I felt fresh and more alert during the day at work.
Presently, I am working at rebranding this blog (again) as well as building PlanetNumeracy™ online presence as an Authority. But with my family’s hectic life, time poverty had become an issue. It’s important to me to be a good dad and employee, so I decided to resurrect my old morning routine.
Here are the main benefits that I have found from waking early in the morning…
At 3:30 in the morning, I am all alone. It is peaceful and quiet in the Noldy house. I poor a cup of coffee, fire up the MacBook and relish in some ‘me time.’ Being selfish at 3:30 AM is allowed. Just ask Jon Acuff. (Read Quitter.) Because no one else needs me, I am free to build my business followed by vigorous exercise.
2. The Muse
Also, the Muse is usually very feisty at this hour of the morning (It’s 3:38 now). She whispers in my ear what to create. Meanwhile, the Resistance is still in bed sawing logs. I have been easily typing 500 words before my first cup of coffee is gone. Some days, I hot that alpha state, and the ideas flow, so I get more words. Other days, I reread what I’ve written. (That’s a bad habit from academia — compulsive editing on the fly.)
I think writing shortly after experiencing hypnagogic sleep brings out creativity. In the past, I can remember reading something that I didn’t really remember writing. That was weird.
While waking up early may not be for everyone, I highly recommend giving it a try. In a few weeks, the body adapts. Now I can’t imagine “sleeping in,” because I get so much accomplished before I even hit the gym!
Share your morning routine.