204. Get More Out of Your Day

When I was growing up, I couldn't stand when the older folks didn't let you sleep in. They would say things like, "Wake up! Half the day is gone." Never mind that it would be like 7 or 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning and I would have gone to sleep at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning watching TV or talking on the phone. 

This is Miss Minnie, an early riser. She will wake you up out of your sleep and tell you that half the day is gone. Follow Miss Minnie's advice. Now, name that show.

This is Miss Minnie, an early riser. She will wake you up out of your sleep and tell you that half the day is gone. Follow Miss Minnie's advice. Now, name that show.

But, I grew up. Notice I didn't say I got older in age. I don't think age has anything to do with it. There are still some people who are well beyond teenage years who still sleep to 10, 11, or 12 o'clock in the afternoon. However, when I say I grew up, I'm referring to the fact that I've gotten wiser. I finally understand what those older folks were talking about.

If you guessed it, Miss Minnie was from Martin. She was known as the housekeeper from HE Double Hockey Sticks, but it was only because she had strict rules. 

If you guessed it, Miss Minnie was from Martin. She was known as the housekeeper from HE Double Hockey Sticks, but it was only because she had strict rules. 

Waking up early will change your life.  If you think the motivational speakers, successful businesspeople, and other gurus are just telling you to wake up at 3 or 4 because they just want to sound hardcore, don't. Let me be the first to tell you that there's significance in the time stamp. I might not be as 3 a.m. hardcore like ET, the hip hop preacher, but nonetheless, I still make a conscious effort to get up early. 

In a nutshell, waking up earlier means:

  • I get more day time hours

  • I get more things done

  • I am able to capitalize on opportunities quicker

  • I get guaranteed quiet time

  • I find myself eating better, more balanced meals (spaced out throughout the day)

  • I feel more accomplished, especially before noon

  • I'm able to spend longer evenings with my spouse

In other words, getting up earlier means that I get more out of my day. It's as simple as that.

Granted, getting up earlier may not always be the easiest thing to do, but once you put your body on a schedule and commit to it, you'll start to see changes in your every day habits -- changes for the better. So, I urge you to be like Miss Minnie above. Be an early riser. 

After all, half the day is gone and you can't get it back.