Today I want to share another great early riser interview with all of you! I have been talking to the fantastic blogger Dragos Roua, author of DragosRoua.com
"[Being an early riser] helped me to wake up early on pretty much everything: relationships, business opportunities, you name it. It helped me see things before they happened, in a way."
I use various apps or motivators during my morning routine. For a while, I used a morning phrase, I even wrote a blog post about it ( http://www.dragosroua.com/the-morning-phrase/).
The goal was to create a "theme' for that day. But, once the habit was "locked in", I didn't use a morning phrase anymore. Now, the first thing I do in the morning is to check my messages (yes, I keep my phone near my bed, and sometimes even in bed, when I'm using some sleep monitoring app, which is something I found pretty useful too).
Then, I do my personal hygiene - I never interact in the morning, I just get in touch with my messages - and to 15 minutes of yoga. Depending on the day of the week, I also go for a run in the park. Sometimes I run around 5km, sometimes I run 10-12 km. I started to run a couple of years ago and it's one of the best habits I incorporated into my life recently.
I find it quieter and more productive in the morning. It's like I'm getting more in touch with what matters.
During my life I had various reasons to wake up early, from the time when I was a soldier - they kinda imposed that on you - up to the days when I was working as a journalist and I had to be in a certain place at a very early hour.
So, it wasn't a "click" at a certain time in my life, I think I've been an early riser for as long as I remember.
First, there's more time. It really is. Second, you get a healthier perspective on life. And third, it will give you more energy and lucidity.
If you have a medical condition which requires extra sleep, obviously, don't do it. Also, if, for some reason (a serendipituous encounter, a major breakthrough in your life that kept you awake until 4AM) then, by all means, don't push it. Give your body enough sleep and rest.
Like I already told you at question number one, I think it was with me all of my life. It's not much of a habit, more of a way of living.
Focus. I also use my own productivity framework (which, again, is more like a life management framework) called Assess, Decide, Do (http://assess-decide-do.com). Basically, I try to be as much as I can in flow, by following a certain pattern (which I find to be the "natural" pattern) in all my actions:
But I think you can find more info at that website.
It definitely gave me more energy, more self-esteem and more time. It's kinda difficult to catch in one paragraph all the benefits, but, to summarize, I'd say that, at a metaphorical level, it helped me to wake up early on pretty much everything: relationships, business opportunities, you name it. It helped me see things before they happened, in a way.
Then I strongly suggest you to check out this fantastic book that explains it all how to become an advanced early riser.
This is so far my personal favorite on the topic (since I haven't written one myself yet...) and many of the thoughts on this site originate from this book.
It's written by well-known personal development blogger Steven Aitchison so you'll be sure to get pure quality.
Dragos Roua is the very inspiring blogger at dragosroua.com. Originally from Romania, but nowadays a citizen of the world. He is also a self-published author of no less than 8 books to be found on Amazon, including:
Dragos continuously shares all of his endeavors and experiences on his blog and in his books. This is how he himself describes what he writes about:
"On living a better life, screwing up and everything in between."
I just want to say thank you Dragos for sharing your thoughts in this early riser interview! You have provided us with some great insights into your life as a personal development blogger and author. You have also given us some very useful information about the power of waking up early.
Thanks for reading! By Matthew M. McEwan