“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

~Benjamin Franklin

There are a number of benefits of waking up early.

While it’s not for everyone, many people find that it significantly improves their productivity and quality of life.

Here are some benefits of waking up early:

1. Greet the day.

It’s a great feeling being able to wake up and greet a wonderful new day.

We suggest creating a morning ritual that includes saying thanks for your blessings.  Let this mantra written by the Dalai Lama inspire your own:

 “Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

2. Amazing start.

Many of us tend to start the day by jumping out of bed, late as usual, rushing to get ready, and then rushing to work late.

We walk into work, looking rumpled and barely awake, grumpy and behind everyone else.

Not a great start to your day.

When you make a renewing morning ritual, you can get so much done before 8 a.m.

When you arrive early, by the time everyone else gets in to work, you have already gotten a head start.

There is no better way to start off your day than to wake early.

3. Quiet Time.

No kids yelling, no babies crying, no soccer balls, no cars, no television noise.

The early morning hours are so peaceful, so quiet.

It will be your favorite time of day.

You will truly enjoy that time of peace, that time to yourself, when you can think, when you can read, when you can breathe.

4. Sunrise.

People who wake late miss one of the greatest feats of nature, repeated in full stereovision each and every day — the rise of the sun.

It’s beautiful how the day slowly gets brighter, when the midnight blue turns to lighter blue, when the brilliant colors start to seep into the sky, when nature is painted in incredible colors.

It’s a great time to do your early morning run, and to look up at the sky as you run and say to the world, “What a glorious day!”

5. Breakfast.

Rise early and you actually have time for breakfast. It’s one of the most important meals of the day.

Without breakfast, your body is running on fumes until you are so hungry at lunchtime that you eat whatever unhealthy thing you can find.

The fattier and sugarier, the better.

But eat breakfast, and you are sated until later.

Plus, eating breakfast while reading a book and drinking coffee in the quiet of the morning is eminently more enjoyable than scarfing something down on the way to work, or at your desk.

6. Exercise.

There are other times to exercise besides the early morning, of course, but we’ve found that while exercising right after work is also very enjoyable, it’s also liable to be canceled because of other things that come up.

Morning exercise is virtually never canceled.

7. Productivity.

Mornings are the most productive time of day.

It’s a great time to do some writing, when there are no distractions, before you check my email or blog stats.

You get so much more done by starting on your work in the morning.

Then, when evening rolls around, you have no work that you need to do, and you can spend it with family or friends.

8. Goal time.

Got goals?

Well, you should.

And there’s no better time to review them and plan for them and do your goal tasks than first thing in the morning.

You should have at least one goal that you want to accomplish this week.

And every morning, you should decide what one thing you can do today to move yourself further towards that goal.

And then, if possible, do that first thing in the morning.

9. Commute.

No one likes rush-hour traffic.

Commute early, and the traffic is much lighter, and you get to work faster, and thus save yourself more time.

10. Appointments.

It’s much easier to make those early appointments on time if you get up early.

Showing up late for those appointments is a bad signal to the person you’re meeting.

Showing up early will impress them.

Plus, you get time to prepare.

Rising early may not be for everybody, but if you are able to integrate this routine into your daily life, you will be amazed at how much good it does to your mind, body, and soul.