We all have 24 hours but not all of us do utilize it well. Generally, people are different. We have the Nocturnal: those very active in the night and Diurnal: those very active during daytime. Activities of humans are mostly structured in a way that favors more of the diurnal than the nocturnal. A key principle to the world of the diurnal is to rise up early. We will therefore, look at some of the benefits of an early riser.
- CONNECT TO YOUR SOURCE: In spite of your belief, you will surely have a Source. Something or someone far greater than you that you seek to connect. I strongly believe that God is the greatest source of mankind. Rising up early gives you time to connect with Him. Connecting with your Source is highly imperative because it equips you for the day.
- PREPARES YOU AHEAD OF TIME: Going to the very active part of the day, mostly 8 am upwards, without any form of early preparation, can in some way distort your day. This is because you may not be fully equipped physically, mentally or spiritually for the day. Rising up early serves you with the opportunity to prepare your day ahead of time.
- GIVES YOU TIME FOR YOURSELF: At certain hours of the day (early hours before 7 am or as best known to you), many people are less active. It’s either they’re asleep or busy doing something. During such hours, there’s often less communication so such times are very good for an individual to have time for him/herself.
- HELPS TO RE-STRUCTURE YOUR DAY: As you get time for yourself, thoughts and ideas may occur to you. Such things can help you know how best to organize, re-structure your day or plan certain things ahead of time.
- INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY: Usually in the early hours of the day, the mind is highly refreshed with less worry and disturbances. According to research conducted by Texas University, most of the students who had better GPA’s were early risers.[i] Activities within the early hours can be highly productive particularly when one has a good and sound sleep.
Many people have attested to the fact that rising up early has a lot of benefits. The late Muhammad Ali had the habit of waking up early. He often woke up at 5 a.m. to train and get equipped as a boxer.[ii] According to Portfolio.com, Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz often wakes up very early in the morning (exact time was not mentioned), starts his day with his wife with a workout usually a bike ride yet still gets to the office by 6 a.m.[iii]
More so, Benjamin Franklin, one of the major figures of the American Enlightenment is credited with this quote “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” His routine was structured in such a way that he often woke up at 5 a.m. asking himself “What good shall I do this day?”[iv]
Finally, Jesus Christ, the Savior and the One I believe, also proofed these benefits and the need to be an early riser by His own lifestyle: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.[v] Personally, I prefer and mostly wake up early than late. You can share your experience or preferred habit with us.
It’s often said that the early bird gets the worm; similarly, I believe the early riser gets the best of the day. The set time for an early riser may vary per person but the point is, it’s better to have some time for your Maker and yourself before attending to other activities.
God loves you and always want the best for you.
[v] Mark 1:35 NIV