Rise & Shine: The Secret of Wak­ing Up Refreshed & Ready For a New Day

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”  – Glen Cook

One day when I was around 10 years old, my mom woke me up to get ready for school. I turned on the shower and decided to lie down on the floor just outside of the shower while waiting for the water to get warm. I was more focused on “rise and recline” than “rise and shine”. The next thing I knew, my mom was knocking on the door and asking why I wasn’t finished with my shower yet. By that time, all the hot water was gone and I had to take a cold shower. Not fun! I quickly realized why it is better to rise and shine rather than to rise and recline!

Every morning, we all have a choice to make. Why should we get up if we can sleep in? I believe the answer lies within the question… WHY?

There must be a compelling WHY that drives you to rise and shine. The WHY may be found in the good things many morning people enjoy as a result of their actions. In his podcast titled Become More Productive by Reengineering Your Morning Ritual Michael Hyatt shared that morning people tend to:

If your WHY is big enough the next question becomes HOW?

In his blog post titled How to Become a Morning Person, Michael shared 9 steps to becoming a morning person. The decision to rise and shine is actually made the night before. It is driven by your WHY and executed by the HOW it can work for you. I have found that for the most part, the highly productive people I know get up early and get going. They rise and shine. (Of course this is not to say that only people who get up early and get going are highly productive.)

So, is this a secret that you believe could help you become more productive? If so, I challenge you to try it. Consider your WHY, determine the best approach to HOW, try it for 21 days and let me know how it goes.

In the end, this is just 1 of 101 observations I have noticed in highly productive people. If you believe it will help you become more productive, then there is action for you to take. If not, there are 100 more to consider.

For more Rise & Shine inspiration, take a look at this clip.