Monday, June 23, 2008

The Agony of Becoming an Early Riser

One of the great pleasures of life is the simple act of watching the sun rise. The range of colors and beauty can only be matched by is close relative, the sunset. There's nothing quite as exhilarating in the morning.....not even a good cup of joe.

Okay, maybe a good cup of joe.

Problem is, last time I checked, sunrises occur early. Like, painfully early. It seems there are currently two ways for me to wake up early and not be suffer horribly for the first half-hour. 1.) I'm leaving town and the departure time is early, or 2.) It's the weekend and I'm looking forward to some coffee and some reading material on the patio.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of articles and blogs on the subject of becoming an early riser. As far as why many of us suck at it, the articles get into all of that. For me, when I'm tired, I go to sleep. Could be 10, 10:30, or as in last night, could be Midnight. (Damn you, Greensburg!)

The goal is to be up & at'em by 4:30 AM everyday. Why? Well, because I know that when I've done it in the past, with a purpose in mind, I've been so much more productive, whether with exercise, my work, reading, things around the house. The daily morning rat race to get to work on time has finally driven me to set this early-rise goal and attain it. In my rationalization to figure out just how to get over the "there's only so many hours in a day" syndrome, becoming an early riser seems to be the logical solution.

Here's a good article from Zen Habits that I'm getting a little friendly advice from on this little excursion. It's got all of the good early-rise reasons & benefits, as well as how-to tips, that I don't want to regurgitate.

Now where's my &$#%#!' coffee......

1 comment:

Dr. Seuss said...

I love waking up early. I'm usually up by 5:15 everyday. Catch up on Sportscenter, play with my dogs..normal morning stuff.

The key is to separate your mind and body. Once you learn to dismiss the thought of being tired, it's all downhill.