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10-Apr-2014 Early to rise

Thursday 10 April 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

I was up early about 6am, went for a swim, did some chores (mainly washing up from last night), sorting the kids out as Dawn had gone to work early and I wanted to leave the place ship-shape before I left.

In the car I was listening to the 5am miracle podcast (I listen to a lot of different podcasts on a very wide range of subjects –  always wanting to learn and not my waste time). I actually have had a couple of days of going to bed before midnight and getting up at 6am and feel really good for it – and have been very productive. Maybe I should make a conscious effort to try at this “early to bed, early to rise” thing.

Interesting there was an article in the news paper on the same thing this week – Why getting up at 5am will make you happy !

It said:

If an early start has you rolling back under the duvet, forget about sleep deprivation and get out of bed – morning people are happier and more successful than night owls.
Laura Vanderkam, the US author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, says getting up early can hold the key to improving your health, career and personal life.
“Mornings are a great time for getting things done, particularly the personal priorities that life has a way of crowding out,” she says. “There’s some research finding that our supply of willpower is strongest in the morning (diets are broken at night, not at breakfast). Choosing to devote early morning hours to things that are important to us – exercise, strategic thinking, creative work, nurturing relationships – means you devote your most focused hours to these things, before other people’s priorities invade.”
It’s no coincidence that early risers have a reputation for being successful. “It is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people,” says Jennifer Cohen in Forbes. “Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5am; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney, wakes at 4.30am just to name a few.”
But what if your natural state is to stay horizontal and hit the snooze button till the last possible moment?
Anyone can become a morning person says Zoë B, a Sydney-based life coach and author of the Simple Life Strategies blog. It’s just a case of redefining yourself. “If we keep telling ourselves that we’re not a morning person then guess what happens? We don’t get up early. This is a habit that we just need to snap out of. Anyone can become a morning person, it’s simply a matter of taking action.”
“People who get up early often report feelings of positivity and achievement that continue throughout the day” she says. “If we begin on a positive note, then this positive mood state is much more likely to continue as the day progresses.”
The evidence is not just anecdotal. Research at the University of Roehampton in Britain highlighted the benefits of getting up early. Dr Jürg Huber told the British Daily Telegraph: “There are morning people and evening people, and morning people tend to be healthier and happier as well as having lower body mass indices”.

Anyway I got to work well before 9am.

I left work really late as Jazmin took Dawn’s car from Sutherland and Dawn needed a lift home approx 9pm, and its a bit dumb me getting home for 20mins then driving out again so I just worked late. I walked to Town Hall inti e for my train and met Dawn on the platform so we could sit next to each other. It mean I didn’t get home until late, about 9.30pm which makes it hard to turn around again for the next day. Lucky the kids are older too and don’t need such close supervision !


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