Be an Early Riser

Accomplishing something provides the only real satisfaction in life.

It’s a hectic world we live in. Time is always short. But have you done anything about it? Lord Baden – Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, solved the problem.

“I get up at five every morning,” he said, “by taking an extra hour each day I collect 365 hours per year. I reckon that I get thirteen months out of life each year, instead of twelve”


The thought of rolling out of bed tomorrow at five a.m. may appeal you. But other methods exist. The secret is to conquer by stages. Get up five minutes earlier each morning until you reach the time which seems the most acceptable to you. In this way you won’t notice the daily subtraction from sleep. The final day in the initial week will be a good half hour longer then the first. Two weeks of this and you will save an hour.

If you want to go so far, a month will give you two extra hours a day. You need a reliable alarm clock plus iron determination to succeed.

Ravi is a busy and successful insurance broker who rises at six ‘o’ clock every working day. He quietly plans his day’s work, looks through his files and sorts out any problems left over from the previous day. And all this before breakfast. He says it all seems so easy because he starts early. Ravi is convinced that this success is due primarily to this early rising habit.

Hard – pressed mothers with young children often find themselves irritable by tea – time. One young mother of four had his problem, yet she found a solution. She creeps out of bed silently and stealthily about an hour – and – a – half before breakfast, and before the children awake. She enjoys this time all to herself. She sometimes does odd jobs about the house, or reads the Bible, or occasionally just ponders. Getting up early gives her that precious time.

If you have a flair for writing, then early morning is an excellent time for it. One hour a day before breakfast for five days a week gives you five hours of writing time. A lawyer rose at four o’ clock each morning and wrote till breakfast. He turns out books, articles, and stories in this ‘snatched time’, as he puts it.

Sleep most obviously must enter into the picture. Most adults need six  to eight hours of sleep daily, although others can get by with as little as three or four hours. Thomas Alva Edison was one of the latter. He managed with four hours of sleep at night with an odd cat – nap thrown in.

Edison had an insatiable desire for knowledge, which he used in his prodigious work schedule. “Accomplishing something provides the only real satisfaction in life”, he said.

You may not achieve as much as he did, but you can take up extra outside interest or even take an added interest in your job. Be positive – minded in all this. By enthusiasm for and interest in each coming day, you will be able to achieve your objectives. But you will need time. And here’s the tie – up with early rising. Your desire to achieve more and to get that extra out of life will encourage you to rise earlier.


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