The early bird gets the worm

Published 7:00 am Thursday, February 2, 2017

Waking up early is beneficial for many reasons, but my favorite aspect of the practice is that it gives me time for myself.

If you are also an early riser, you know how it provides time that can be used to take care of things that are important to you, rather than trying to cram all of your “daily chores” into a small window of time.

The mornings are typically the most undisturbed time of the day. If you try to squeeze in a workout in the afternoon, outside variables can chip away at that time, including your job, family or other responsibilities.

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However, if you wake up an hour earlier to work out, there are less variables that could take away that time.

Another benefit of waking up early is approaching each day with a positive mentality.

It’s not easy or fun to get up early in the morning. When the alarm clock rings, it’s usually not tempting you to wake up.

But instead of hiding underneath the covers, why not wake up and attack the day? Starting the day in this tone not only boosts self-discipline, it also allows you to become more productive.

That willpower can translate to other parts of your life, whether it be in your career, family or practically any challenge life throws at you.

Separating time in the morning to better yourself might require a sacrifice of going to bed earlier, but the rewards of waking up earlier are endless.

That time in the morning can also be used to perfect a skill or craft, do research on topics that you would like to educate yourself on, practice a sport, read or write, or just to get up and get moving; do whatever makes you happy.

It is practically guaranteed that if you get up earlier and attack the day with an assertive, positive attitude, you will find that you will have a lot more good days than bad ones.