There’s nothing wrong with being a night owl. If that works for you, if it makes you productive and happy, that’s great. But have you ever wondered what the benefits of being an early riser would be? For some people, the switch from the first to the second proved to be one of the best decision they ever made.
For instance, Leo Babauta, blogger at Business Insider and creator of Zen Habits, says that “switching from being a night owl to an early riser (and yes, it is possible) has been a godsend”. In an article for BI, he shares his experience as an early riser and lists some benefits of this practice that he has discovered.
So here are some ways in which waking up early can help you in your day-to-day life, according to Babauta:
“No kids yelling, no babies crying, no soccer balls, no cars, no television noise. The early morning hours are so peaceful, so quiet. It’s my favorite time of day. I truly enjoy that time of peace, that time to myself, when I can think, when I can read, when I can breathe”
“Rise early and you actually have time for breakfast. I’m told it’s one of the most important meals of the day. Without breakfast, your body is running on fumes until you are so hungry at lunchtime that you eat whatever unhealthy thing you can find — the fattier and sugarier, the better. But eat breakfast, and you are sated until later. Plus, eating breakfast while reading my book and drinking my coffee in the quiet of the morning is eminently more enjoyable than scarfing something down on the way to work, or at your desk”
“Mornings, for me at least, are the most productive time of day. I like to do some writing in the morning, when there are no distractions, before I check my email or blog stats. I get so much more done by starting on my work in the morning. Then, when evening rolls around, I have no work that I need to do, and I can spend it with family”
“There are other times to exercise besides the early morning, of course, but I’ve found that while exercising right after work is also very enjoyable, it’s also liable to be canceled because of other things that come up. Morning exercise is virtually never canceled”
“People who wake late miss one of the greatest feats of nature, repeated in full stereo vision each and every day — the rise of the sun. I love how the day slowly gets brighter, when the midnight blue turns to lighter blue, when the brilliant colors start to seep into the sky, when nature is painted in incredible colors. I like doing my early morning run during this time, and I look up at the sky as I run and say to the world, ‘What a glorious day!’ Really. I really do that. Corny, I know”