Benjamin Franklin once quoted-“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” but how many of us follow this? In today’s fast moving and competitive environment most of us fail to follow a fixed routine. We generally prefer going to work late and then end up working till night. The effect of such a routine is detrimental in the long run. Though we won’t realize it now, this regime can definitely take a toll on our health, wealth and not to forget your wisdom.
Getting up early can irrefutably make you “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise”. The morning hour is your “Power Hour” and you wouldn’t like to waste it for sure.
To remain healthy it is mandatory that we indulge in some kind of physical exercise, be it yoga, jogging, walking or simply dancing. Morning is the best part of the day with birds chirping, sun rising and not to forget the fresh air(less pollutants). It is peaceful, quiet and it reinvigorates our mind and encourages us to work out. Just hop out of your bed, take in some fresh air and do ‘Surya Namaskar’. Trust me you will notice the change. Physical exercise increases blood circulation, reduces stress and leads you towards a healthy life.
Apart from working out, being healthy demands that you should have healthy food. If you are an early bird, no need to rush through your breakfast or ever miss it. Having breakfast is very essential but busy mornings can result in skipping it. It provides the body with fuel after an overnight fast. Without having breakfast you are running empty like a vehicle without fuel. A healthy breakfast not only provides your body with requisite energy but also reduces the risk of being overweight and protects your heart. And Yesss! Not to forget it gets you going. So next time don’t put your alarm on snooze. Just get up and enjoy the king of all meals accompanied with some daily news for a healthy day ahead.
When the mind and body is healthy, wealth comes easily. Morning is the best time to plan your goals. You can set daily goals and work towards achieving it the rest of the day. Your mind is fresh and appreciates the quietude of the early hours. A survey shows that 44% of the rich people wake up early in the morning and utilize their time on self improvement and thinking of ways to increase their profits. Many executive like Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, wakes up at 4:30 every morning. Laura Vanderkam, time management expert, rightly said -“If it has to happen, then it has to happen first“. The tranquil morning hours makes you optimistic and prepares you to take up new challenges. Working early morning can actually double your output and will definitely help you earn double the money. Moreover getting up early can give you more quality time to spend with your family. You are fresh, happy and your heart brims with content.
Waking up early in the morning helps you to plan your day better. Most of the successful people knows the morning power and they use it to their personal benefits. Some of the very productive things you can do in the morning:
Invest time on yourself:
You can actually sneak out ample quality time in the morning from your busy day schedule. Invest it on yourself. Remember, you can make others happy only when you are happy. Take time to analyze your day, your life. Steve Jobs used to ask himself one same question every morning – “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”. And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, he knew he need to change something.
Prepare your To-Do list for the day:
A well planned day has no substitute. And when you finish your day with all tasks ticked as “Done“, the feeling is awesome. When you have your day planned, you will be surprised how it helps you to take out time to do certain other things you love, which otherwise you would have missed out. Go and try it. Start your day tomorrow with a to-do list in hand.
Yes! You read it right. Dis-engage yourself from your mobile phone, laptop etc in the morning. You have a complete day to play around with them. Dis-engage in the morning to connect with yourself. Dis-engaging will help you detox your mind and body for the day. “The richest, happiest and most productive lives are characterized by the ability to fully engage in the challenge at hand, but also to disengage periodically and seek renewal” – says Loehr and Schwarz, authors of the Personal MBA-recommended book “The Power of Full Engagement”.
Meditating early in the morning can make your mind focused and calm, eventually reaching a higher level of inner wisdom. Morning is the ideal time for meditating as the mind is free from the usual clutter. Ancient saints are said to have attained infinite knowledge through meditation. The quality of our life depends on the quality of our mind. We should work towards clearing the junk out of your mind and tune your talents. Wisdom should not be confused with intelligence, it has more to it. A wise person sees the world from many perspectives and then gives a good judgment. Meditation expands one’s perspective. Meditation teaches you to use both hemispheres of the brain to their full potential: the left-brain’s logic and language, and the intuitive and creative right-brain. This maximizes the brain’s astounding potential for decision making. So the next thing you should include in your daily routine is to take out a few minutes and meditate.
So friends, next time, don’t put your alarm on snooze and don’t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Get up early and reward yourself with some adrenaline pumping exercise, a tasty breakfast and add some wisdom to your advantage.
Don’t forget to share with us in the comments below how you spend your morning. We all may benefit out of it.
Cheers to Life!!