Today I want to share another great early riser interview with all of you! I have been talking to the fantastic blogger Jeff Nickles, author of MySuperChargedLife.com.
"It never ceases to amaze me what I'm able to accomplish by getting up just one hour earlier. All this, adds up to some real accomplishments."
Sure Matthew, I'd be happy to share that with you, but first let me say that I really believe in the value of being an early riser. I think it is great that you help spread the word about the benefits of getting up and getting on with your day. I just hope my routine qualifies me to be considered a part of your group. Here's my typical routine:
Well, I became an early riser when I started my web site. I needed time to write so, I began getting up an hour earlier than usual. That was five years ago and now I can tell you that even if I didn't have my blog, I know that I'd continue the good habit of rising early.
I've found that this is a very productive time for me. My mind is much clearer in the morning. As the day progresses, it gets cluttered with all the typical concerns that arise which distracts me and dilutes my ability to create and expand on ideas.
I don't know if you remember this or not, but the U.S. Army used to have a commercial that said, "We do more before 9 A.M. than most people do all day." That's the way I feel about rising early. I think it gives me an edge over others.
I definitely think that being an early riser has its benefits. For example, it enables me to start the day ahead of most people. By rising early, I leverage my most productive time to think creatively and problem-solve which I believe sets the tone for my entire day.
Frankly, it never ceases to amaze me what I'm able to accomplish by getting up just one hour earlier. All this, adds up to some real accomplishments.
As I said, I don't think I'd ever go back to sleeping to the last possible moment. I'd miss out on so much if I did.
Certainly nothing that even begins to outweigh the benefits. The only downside I can think of is that people eventually discover that you are an early riser and once they do, they expect you to answer their calls which I try to avoid, but that's not always possible.
As I said a moment ago, it was really out of necessity. I have a regular day job and I have a fairly young family at home. When I decided to build a blog to help others learn about good habits to enhance their lives, I needed to find time to write. Obviously, I couldn't write at work.
Also, I didn't want to take time away from my wife and kids in the evening. Therefore, I decided to start getting up earlier in the morning to accomplish my goal. I didn't like the thought of it at first, but I was determined to launch my site. As I experienced the benefits of rising early, it has gotten much easier for me to do.
I don't really have much trouble with this. I make sure I get to bed at a decent time most every night to ensure I get at least 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
I also do some moderate aerobic exercise every evening when I first get home from work to relieve stress and to keep my endurance up.
This is about all I need to do to stay alert.
Matthew, I am passionate about creating and teaching good habits. I believe deeply in what Charles Noble said,
"First we make our habits, then our habits make us."
Rising early has enabled me to make a difference in so many lives by reaching people from all over the world with my message. I received an email from a lady the other day that confirmed that my efforts are totally worth it. Her job is counseling victims of domestic violence and abuse. She said she regularly uses my material to teach those she counsels how to live a better life.
If I can have some small impact on people that are struggling to get back on their feet after suffering such terrible tragedies, then by all means, I'll get up a little earlier to do it.
Overall, let me say, that you just never know how much difference you can make in the world. I'd encourage your readers to give rising just one hour earlier a try.
I'd challenge them to use this time to make the world a better place in some small way. You just never know what might happen as a result.
Jeff is a regular guy on a quest to live life to its fullest. He began MySuperChargedLife.com in December of 2007 as a way to share the good habits he discovered for living a great life. He resides in Oklahoma with his wife and two daughters.
And this is how he describes his widely popular site:
"Super charged living means fully experiencing every good thing that life has to offer. It means squeezing the marrow out of life to have the best life possible. I call this way of life: super-charged living."
I just want to say thank you Jeff for sharing your thoughts in this early riser interview! You have provided us with some truly meaningful thoughts of how powerful it can be to rise up just one hour earlier than usual.
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Thanks for reading! By Matthew M. McEwan
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