Laura Vanderkam’s new e-book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast suggests that morning is “prime time for self-improvement.” Many highly successful people are being productive before most of us have even opened an eye. Among the early morning accomplishments:
Exercise. A dawn workout is common among CEOs and other high-powered types.
Meditate or pray. Monks aren’t the only ones who start the day on a spiritual note.
Work, often on personal or long-term projects outside the scope of their daily duties.
Fix a family breakfast — sometimes as a substitute for a family dinner — or play with their kids.
What a challenge? Are you thinking what I am thinking? What about those late nights, broken sleep when kids are awake from a bad dream or sickness, when getting up early means running the risk of waking everyone, including the little people. Are these all just excuses for not being productive? I know early mornings would be great for a walk, blogging, reading, journaling and reflecting (while drinking a long black.)
David Mathis has a great take on Vanerkam’s e book and how his own faith equips him for the morning, here.
But those ideas of productivity in the morning also remind me of the book Shopping for Time written by Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters. In this short, practical and wise book one of the things women are encouraged to do is to rise early. Years ago they promoted a 5 o’clock club, which for a woman with young children is like a red rag to a bull. But they would argue it really works. In the quiet of early morning we find time for the most important things. It is not so much me time, but for the woman of faith, it is God time. What does your morning look like? Would you be prepared to commit to the 5 o’clock club?