Melvyn Tan
October 9, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

3 Effective Techniques for Getting Up Early

[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, […]

[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.