I wouldn’t say I’m a morning person, but I’m definitely no night owl. I get working around 8am and by 4pm, I’m next to worthless. On those days when I teach a 4:30 class (or heaven forbid, a 7:15pm class) I literally have to get away for a few hours during the day so that I’m not exhausted before I even begin class.
Recognizing these patterns in my work life, I’m beginning to wonder whether I ought to get started even earlier. Today while I was doing some yard work, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Mikes on Mics. The guest on the show was Andy Traub, author of The Early to Rise Experience. Andy made a great case for the benefits of the quiet of the morning to jumpstart your creativity and productivity. I appreciated that he kept coming back to the point that it’s not fun to get up at 5 or 5:30 in the morning. But the benefits that can accrue may outweigh the difficulty.
After listening to the podcast, I bought the book. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m looking forward to receiving the daily email audio segments as I try it out. I’ll report back as I try the experiment. In the meantime, when do you start your day?