[blockquote source=”Proverbs 24:32-33 (NIV)”]I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.[/blockquote]
Are you a morning or a night person?
I have, for years, been a late night person. I like working late into the night, not having anyone disturb my train of thought and getting a lot of work done. During that time, I have created a large number of materials for my work. I would sometimes even just sleep for a couple of hours, get up to go to work, and repeat the cycle all over again.
What I did not realise was, as much as I want to, there is a limitation of how much my body can withstand the level of abuse that I am subjecting it to.
When Tim Cook took over Apple, one of his attributes that really caught my attention was that he was a morning person. Cook is know to be firing emails away at 4.30am, before hitting the gym, then coffee and more emails. That was when I decided to research on the habit of early rising. You can read more about Cook’s morning ritual here.
Rick Warren gave a list of godly men and women who rose early to meet with God. Some of these were (from Rick Warren’s daily devotions):
- Abraham (Genesis 19:27)
- Moses (Exodus 34:4)
- Job (Job 1:5)
- Hannah and Elkanah (1 Samuel 1:19)
- Jacob (Genesis 28:18)
- David (Psalm 5:3; 57:7,8)
Finally, Leo Babauta (of Zen Habit) outlined some of the successful techniques for waking up early here. I have tried some of his techniques, as well as created some of my own; and these are the ones I found to be most effective:
- Set a bed-time: I try to get at least 6 to 8 hours of rest, as I found that with at least five days of consistent sleep duration of 6 to 8 hours would enable me to function at my peak
- No computers in bed: Strictly no computers, tablets, smartphones. The only gadget allowed is Kindle Paperwhite
- Write a gratitude statement: Be grateful for what happened today
Father I thank You for blessing me with a healthy body so that I am able to commit to rising early, as well as to do my most important work in the early morning hours. LORD, I pray that each morning when my alarm goes, that I will be energise to take the actions necessary in moving me closer towards my purpose in life. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.