This weekend I was on a great run while listening to a new-ish episode of The Simple Mom Podcast.

In the podcast, my friend Tsh interviewed Arianne of To Think is To Create, and at one point asked Arianne if she was a morning person or a night owl. Arianne’s answer made me stop in my tracks. Explaining how her baby had turned her into a card-carrying morning person, Arianne then said that it turns out she really likes the morning.

One reason?

People are nicer.

She then theorized that folks maybe just haven’t had the chance to have a bad day yet.

This was something I’d never thought of before, and got me thinking long and hard about other reasons to be a morning person (something I’ve long wanted to be.) I got to thinking so much that I came up a few other reasons as I ran. Maybe they’ll just convince me. (Or you.)

Five Reasons to Be A Morning Person

  1. You get the best of you. If you’re sleeping enough (you are, aren’t you?) and you aren’t suffering from health problems, then you should be rested in the morning. In those first precious hours, you’ll have energy to do what you need to do. Caffeine may just push you over the edge into really productive!
  2. You get the best of others. People are nicer in the mornings, because they haven’t had the chance to have a bad day yet. (At least, that’s what Arianne said in the podcast.) Although I’d never heard it articulated as such, I’m willing to bet a lot that she’s right.
  3. You get quiet. Less people are around in the morning — both in your house, and in your office. That means quiet, peaceful time for you to do what you need to do.
  4. Getting things done early makes you happier all day long. The earlier you get done the necessities, the better you’ll feel the rest of the day, no matter what pops off to surprise you. You’re also far less likely to be off-track at the end of the day, because you’ll have at least gotten something done in the morning.
  5. You’re likely to get more done at the end of the day. Even if your work-day is the exact same nine hours it might have been had you started at 11 am, by starting earlier you’re likely to get time on your side through the simple art of personal motivation. The more you get done earlier, the more you’re likely get done as the day progresses. By the end of the day, you’ll be far more along than you would’ve been had you started later.
Although not everyone can be a morning person in every season on life (and in my current season of so much travel I’m not sure what I am), there is strong anecdotal evidence from productive folks the world over that being a morning person helps.
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Finally, whether you’re a morning person or not, if you do want more motivation for starting your mornings well check out my ebook, The Present Principle.
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It’s a few bucks on Amazon that just might change your mornings;)
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Can you think of other reasons to be a morning person? Do they convince you to get up earlier? Or do you accomplish more as a night owl?

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