10 reasons to wake up earlier, and 6 tips for doing so

Face it, Ben Franklin was right. But the rationale for ‘early to rise’ means nothing without solid techniques for getting your bones out of bed.

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By now, most of you know that I’m an early riser. If you do some homework on the subject, you’ll find that many successful CEOs are, as well. It’s simply ingrained into us. If we want to be successful, we need to be working when others are not.

It’s like the classic running quote: “Somewhere, right now, someone is training while you are not. When you race him, he will win.”

So I get up early because I believe it’s worth it. Here are some benefits you can get from doing it, and, as a bonus, here’s how to actually do it! It’s time to wake up…

Top 10 reasons to get up early every day:

10. Learn. You can browse seven websites in a row (news, news, gossip, financial, gossip, sports, weather) without being interrupted by a single e-mail. You’re now smarter for your entire day.

9. This early, it really is all about you. You get a few minutes of pure “you” time. For me, it’s waking up and making coffee. While I’m doing that, I can pet Karma and NASA, and not in just a “scratch behind the ears once because I’m late” way. I can sit with them as I drink my first cup of coffee and enjoy the calming effect that a pet has on you. I have no doubt this helps to set my mood for the day.

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