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10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It : zen habits

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10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It : zen habits
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" - Ben Franklin, famously "Put no trust in the benefits to accrue from early rising, as set forth by the infatuated Franklin ..." - Mark Twain Recently, reader Rob asked me about my habit of waking at 4:30 a.m.

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Benefits of early rising

  • Early morning hours are so peaceful and quiet
  • Rise early and you actually have time for breakfast.
  • Easier to exercise. Exercising right after work is liable to be canceled because of other things that come up.
  • Productivity. You can get much more done by starting on my work in the morning.
  • Commute early, and the traffic is much lighter, and you get to work faster, and thus save yourself more time.
  • It’s much easier to make those early appointments on time if you get up early. 

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How to become an early riser

  • Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Allow yourself to sleep earlier.
  • Put your alarm clock far from you bed. This way, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off.
  • Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. 
  • Set something to do early in the morning that’s important. 
  • Make waking up early a reward: make a hot cup of coffee for example, or a tasty breakfast.
  • Take advantage of all that extra time .

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Your rest is the most important thing you can do for your mind. 

Our best way to rest is to sleep at night. During the key hours of rejuvenation, our mind gets ...

Exercise it

The endorphins that you get as a result of exercising work wonders for your mind. Researchers have shown that exercising improves overall brain function, long-term memory, and information processing skills.

Push it to the limit … sometimes

Ask your mind to remember things that you would not ordinarily try to. 

  • Recitation alone helps to build memory muscles in a way that helps our mind remain healthy. 
  • Use it to create new habits by way of 30-days or 21-day experiments.
  •  Erase some words from your vocabulary for the week or month. 

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” 

Aristotle

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Taking On Two Or More Habits At Once

No matter how much enthusiasm we have for the goals, taking on even just two habits at once is setting ourselves up for failure, because greatly increases the difficulty of sticking to it.

Pick only one habit to change and devote all of your energy to that, and once it’s on autopilot, move on to the next one.