#053: How to Become a Morning Person [Podcast]

Recently, I did a podcast about how to be more productive by re-engineering your morning ritual. The response was astounding. But many asked, “What if I’m just not a morning person?”

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Well, you can be. It may not be easy, but it’s definitely possible. You can do it if you are intentional.

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Here are nine steps you can take to become a morning person, beginning today.

  1. Change your story. What would happen if you changed the story and began telling yourself, “I am a morning person.”
  2. Determine what’s at stake Whenever I want to change anything in my life or accomplish a significant goal, I start by articulating why it’s important.
  3. Plan your sleep. Like changing any other habit, you have to set yourself up for success.
  4. Use an alarm. If you haven’t been a morning person until now, you will likely need to use an alarm. It’s part of training yourself mentally and physically.
  5. Turn on all the lights. This may sound obvious, but your environment provides subtle clues to your body, so it knows how to respond.
  6. Set out your clothes. When you get up, the fewer decisions you need to make the better.
  7. Drink a cup of coffee. After considerable research, I’m convinced coffee is fine in moderation. In fact, it’s probably beneficial.
  8. Enlist an accountability partner. Whether it’s a mentor or a peer, find someone who understands the value of accountability.
  9. Commit to twenty-one days. According to many psychologists, this is how long it takes to form a habit.

What I really want to communicate in this episode is you have more power than you think. You don’t have to be held hostage by a label. (“I’m not a morning person.”)

If you are intentional, you can build the habits necessary to accomplish your goals—even if it means becoming a morning person.

Listener Questions

  1. Christopher Scott asked, “It typically takes me ten to fifteen minutes to wakeup after I get up. What do you do to be alert more quickly?”
  2. Egil Ellingsen asked, “How do you have a consistent start to your morning when you have small children in the house?”
  3. Evan Moffic asked, “What is it about the morning that makes it such an important time?”
  4. Ian Harber asked, “I’m a college student. The culture of the dorm is to stay up late. How can I become a morning person when the environment is against me?”
  5. Jack Callender asked, “I’d really like to be a morning person. However, I am very sore in the morning, and it’s hard to get out of bed. What do you recommend?”
  6. Jonathan Harrison asked, “If you go to bed late, what do you do the next morning? Skip it, compress it, or keep your commitment no matter what?”
  7. Linda Kuhar asked, “I’m already a morning person, but I need to add some more things to my schedule (like exercise). Do you have any recommendations?”
  8. Pete Ashby asked, “Is it possible to be both a morning and an evening person?”
  9. Theresa Pobee-Mensah asked, “How can mothers of young children establish a consistent morning routine?”
  10. Wayne Stiles asked, “I don’t think we are morning or evening people by nature. The ability to adjust to different time zones seems to prove this. What do you think?”

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I am a morning person, but I am often asked how I do it. I’m excited to point people to this podcast. Getting up early in the morning allows me to start the day on the right foot. I get so much accomplished before most people are even awake.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      That’s awesome Jon – I know several people who are hardwired to be early morning risers. I had to train myself to do that, because that’s the only way I can “own” 2 hours of the day is by getting up at 5:30am.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    I am a morning person. Whenever I get up, it’s always morning somewhere in the world.

    • http://marcsviewonstuff.wordpress.com/ Marc Pekny

      Kinda like the “it’s noon somewhere” if you ask if its too early for a beer! :)

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

        Right. The doctor allowed me one glass of wine with dinner. He didn’t say with my dinner only.

  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

    Tip #6 – Setting out your clothes really is a big deal. I find that it helps me subconsciously prepare for the next day, and dramatically reduces the resistance to making those first, early,key moves.

    And thank you for taking my question!

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

      I second that.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      JH, I completely agree that planning ahead makes it a heck of a lot easier to roll out of bed.

      I just ran a half-marathon this past Sunday that had a 6am start time so I had to be there at 5:30am, which meant I had to get up at 4:30am to dress, eat a quick bite and have time for the congestion around the course at that hour due to road closures and thousands of racers all driving to one spot around the same time.

      Laying out my running gear the night before was a crucial step that brought an odd peace of mind as I drifted off to sleep.

      • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

        First of all, congrats on the half-marathon – way to go! Tired as I may be at night, the brain is still firing better than in the dark at 5a.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That is so true Jonathan. It’s my key to getting up and exercising. If the clothes are out, I really have no excuse not to do it.

      • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

        you are exactly right – on those tough days, my 5am brain does not need much of an excuse to make a play for going back to sleep!

    • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

      And spending the morning in your PJs just doesn’t seem to be as productive.

      • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

        Right on, Caleb! Then again, back in college Pj’s seemed to be accepted until noon : )

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  • Carey Green

    becoming a morning person has enabled me to accomplish tons more in terms of personal integrity. The still morning hours are often the best time for me to connect with the LORD and get my bearings for the day. That’s the one task that guides every other.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Love that idea of “personal integrity” – if I don’t get that quiet time with the Lord every day, I morph into a meaner, jerkier, more selfish version of the guy/dad/father that God intends me to be.

      • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

        ouch, I know this version of myself all too well.

  • http://thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

    *Change your story. Those are 3 of the most powerful words any of us can use to effect change in our lives.

    You know there is a new productivity tool out there created by Bryan Harris called Five Club. It’s been inspired by the #5club meetups here in Franklin. You can download it from the iTunes app store. It’s a great way to help train you in getting up early and creates a sort of friendly competition between any accountability.

    Also the app Sleep Cycle is by far the best alarm and sleep tracker to use in becoming a morning person!

    Great stuff Michael!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Josh, I just joined Jon Acuff’s START group over on FB – (not sure how I missed that) but I saw the 5clubapp from Bryan Harris and Chris Gates – it’s a fantastic idea!

      • http://thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

        Yes it is! I was talking with Jon the other day about some ideas of where it can go. Pretty cool stuff.

    • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

      Josh – thank you sir for the heads up on the app!

  • bradblackman

    I had a question in mind, forgot it, and remembered it while listening to this podcast on the way in to work this morning! This probably overlaps with Linda’s question, but what do you do when there are many things you would like to do early? I tend to have quite a few things I would like to do before the day starts, from exercise, to writing, to painting, to reading. If I did it all, it would take about 2.5 hours at minimum, before even getting showered and dressed for the day.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It’s a great question. The only answer, I think, is to prioritize. Figure out how much time you have and do the most important things.

  • http://forthisisthetime.blogspot.com/ Esther Aspling

    This was a great podcast! I’ve been taking the challenge, and have reaped the rewards of getting a lot of extra work done! With 6 kids and homeschooling I don’t tend to find as much time during the daytime hours to work, and taking the risk of staying up late and hoping no one gets up before I do is not one I can afford. Loved this!

    http://forthisisthetime.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Sweet Lord – six kids that you home school??? With those credentials, I think you automatically qualify for sainthood in some denominations ;-)

  • http://www.BuckBranding.com/ Clark Buckner

    In response to the college student’s question, I also found it extremely difficult to get up anytime before 7:30am during college just because of the demands, culture and environment college brings. However since I just graduated I’m working on creating a new habit of waking up early daily, thanks for this podcast!

    Also, anyone reading this needs to go buy Andy Traub’s EARLY TO RISE book mentioned in the podcast. If you’re serious about doing this, that’s the book to read/listen to!

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

      Hey Clark, Just wanted to say, Way to Go in shifting your morning routine. Most of us just let the college inertia keep us in a rut. Keep making it happen!

    • http://www.andytraub.com/ Andy Traub

      Thanks Clark. I appreciate the endorsement. I officially owe you lunch next time I’m in Nashvegas.

  • http://twitter.com/leavingtips Sean Garvey

    This routine works for me, I can wait to fuel my body and I look forward to starting the day…http://leavingtips.com/2013/04/26/leaving-tips-006-how-to-feel-invincible-in-10-minutes/

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Hmmmm….I’m intrigued. I’ve got a juicier and have to try this particular recipe. Thanks Sean!

  • http://www.andytraub.com/ Andy Traub

    Great episode Mike. I learned a lot. Thanks for the mention too. Excited that The Early To Rise Experience for Moms comes out in August :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      What a great brand extension, Andy. Thanks.

      • http://www.andytraub.com/ Andy Traub

        Gotta give Chris LoCurto credit for the idea of expanding the brand in that way. The BEST part of the book is that 53 moms are writing it with me and I already have 99 days of content vs. the 30 in the original Early To Rise. Thanks again for the mention and the great show. You’re mastering podcasting.

  • http://SourcesOfInsight.com/ J.D. Meier

    Beautiful insights.

    I was surprised when I found that the simplest way to wake up earlier, was to go to bed earlier.

    If I didn’t first deisgn my nights for that, all bets were off.

    Blood sugar levels also play a role. I forget the article, but the point of it was that we’re “dumber in the morning,” because our blood sugar levels drop over night. That’s why fruit can be a great start in the morning because it’s easily digested and can bring our blood sugar levels up fast.

    I think it’s also important to have something important to do in the morning, as part of a routine, whether that’s working out (which gets the blood flowing), or taking advantage of the quiet time to do creative synthesis.

    If you finds ways to wake up more enjoyable, it lasts (link it to good feelings.)

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

      Great word, J.D. Strawberries and Blueberries are perfect because they are low on the glycemic index. Pop those in some oatmeal and your ready for battle :)

  • Heather Boggini

    I’m that annoying person who is up at 4:45am, works out, preps for the day, gets 3 kids and hubby ready for their days, and off to work. Getting up early is easy. It’s the going to bed on time that is the challenge.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Not annoying – that’s truly inspiring!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That’s great Heather. I could see your habits helping others who struggle with rising early. Have you ever thought of sharing your story with others?

    • Jim Martin

      Tor is right. Your story really is inspiring.

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  • Kathy Wills Wright

    From a recovering night owl

    Not long after I left a calm and supportive job at Dallas Theological Seminary to take on the chaotic and stressful position as the White House Liaison at the Department of State in DC, I was showing some guests the Diplomatic Reception rooms on the top floor of the State Department, the largest of these being the Ben Franklin State Dining Room. Out loud (which is generally how I speak) I
    said “Ben Franklin is actually the father of American diplomacy, but you
    probably think of him as a father of the ‘morning people’ – as he did say
    ‘early to be early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’”.

    After working a more than full day that day, attending several receptions that evening, I was living up to the nickname I had aptly been given – ‘the longest leaver’. I’m not one to miss out on a conversation, in fact I generally didn’t stop
    conversing until there was no one left to converse with. My own voice and the words of Ben Franklin rang in my brain as I went to sleep that night knowing:

    1. I had to be at the office early because just as I had learned as a teenager that nothing good truly does happen after midnight, I learned as an adult nothing proactive happens at work after noon.

    2. I was neither healthy nor wealthy but I thought I was wise.
    But then if you are not healthy can you be truly wise?

    3. I didn’t get tired until well after midnight thus being the Longest Leaver was quite an easy job for me but was it wise?

    4. Maybe I should listen to my new friend, Ben Franklin. Although, I was a little leery of his personal proverb since he also invented bi-focal glasses and I thought maybe he was going to bed early and reading, not sleeping!

    Thus started my adventure to become a morning person. I do generally believe a habit can be formed in 21 days as suggested in #9 on this blog, but this did not hold true for me in my adventure to becoming a morning person.
    My experiment took six months. My rule was – irrelevant to the time I went to bed; I set my alarm for 6:00am and made myself get up.

    This was painful.

    One goal was to make this pain only self-inflicted and not share my pain with the wonderful people I spent my waking hours with at the office. Another goal was – to teach my body to fall asleep before 2:00am out of sheer need.
    The good news is – it worked. I am now a morning person and if I try with all my might to sleep after 7:00am even on a Saturday – it seldom works.

    I did this experiment seven years ago and not only do I thank
    Ben Franklin for his wise words but now I also thank him for bi-focals.

    Many thanks for this blog Mike – a very important topic!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kathy. I appreciate you commenting here and sharing your story!

    • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

      Kathy, I love your comments here – great story, really great results! I found a lot of inspiration in Ben Franklin’s autobiography, and I was fascinated by his routine. I even wrote a blog post called “Benjamin Franklin: Day Planning Ninja”

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Being a morning person has helped me tremendously, I get a lot done before my family wakes up. I became a morning person by waking up at midnight for 12 years delivering bread!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Ugh – that “swing” shift is brutal! When I first got into the news radio business, I had an overnight shift so I can sympathize. The hardest part was having to switch gears and fill in during the day for someone who called in sick. Talk about a messed sleeping schedule!

  • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

    This was a great podcast – packed with good info! I used to do a morning radio program that required me to get up every morning at 4am for two years. Another helpful trick was that I used a plug-in alarm clock that had a battery backup from Sharper Image. That way if we lost power in the night, I wouldn’t be late for work.

    • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

      Tor – I still have my alarm from 15 years ago, 9v battery backup – this has saved me a dozen times (especially during the summer storms here in Florida)

      I guess modern cell phone can do a better job, but I love my old faithful clock.

  • Mac

    I was a midnight owl and found that when I transferred from Germany to MacDill AFB, Florida, the only way that I could get my workout in and still spend time with my family, I had to change my sleep habits. I did so by applying all of these principles to that change. It works!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Awesome Mac. How long did it take you to go from a night owl to a morning person?

  • http://twitter.com/ThriveFit Pamela Hernandez

    You forget the best wake up ever – exercise. Getting active first thing in the morning is better than coffee and it makes you feel good the rest of the day. And it helps you sleep better that night. It’s a continuous winning cycle.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It’s one of the first thing I do after I get up. Thanks.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I’ve changed from a night person to a morning person. So I know it’s possible. What it’s made possible is so much.

    It’s allowed me to get in exercise before the day really starts. I’ve been able to get in some serious reading time. It’s also allowed me to eat a healthier breakfast so I’m ready for the new day.

    • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

      No small accomplishment on your part! The benefits are hard to beat – how did you keep yourself motivated at the very start of making the change?

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        For me, it was tied to a reward. I’d wanted to go skydiving and I misread the weight requirement. I thought I was above weight and needed to lose weight. The only way I saw this possible was to get up earlier and exercise. This helped me make the transition to early mornings.

    • Ineda Name

      I’ve just been informed that, after 5 years working from 2 pm to 10:30 pm, that my shift is being changed to 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. I took the job specifically because of the evening hours and it has suited my lifestyle and natural sleep pattern. I’m used to waking up at 10 and having a few hours to myself before work to maybe do some laundry or schedule doctor/dental appointments or make myself a nice breakfast, but now I will have to be out the door by 10! If I want to have that kind of ‘me’ time in the morning, I’ll have to get up at 6! Not to mention that training myself to go to sleep earlier is going to be tough and I really don’t see how, after five years of going to bed at 2 or 3 am, it will even be possible without sleep medication (which I deeply resent even having to consider) for the first few weeks. I can make myself go to bed but I can’t make myself go to sleep.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I slept in today: 6:17. I’m usually up by 5:15, but didn’t sleep well due to the heat here. Once our bodies are trained being a morning person is a simple habit.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Dan, have you always been a morning person? Just curious….

      • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

        Not always, but then I used to work graveyard in radio. I think my natural rhythm has always been morning. Growing up in a cult that required us to get up very early was ingrained as a child. I’ve been a morning person as an adult since my ealry 30s, almost 20 years.

  • http://twitter.com/halduauthor Ben Nielsen

    Great episode Michael. What you say here is so true. Several years ago I decided to give up being a night person and change to be a morning person because I wanted to be successful, I was told by someone that “Morning hours rule the world” it has made so much possible for me. I exercise, I write, I’m have my devotional, it is great. People really can change, but only if they want to.

    • Jim Martin

      Ben, congratulations on making this change. My habits and practices each morning certainly do impact the remainder of the day.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      I love that phrase “Morning hours rule the world” – I’ve never heard that before. Thanks for sharing this truth Ben!

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    I’m up at 4am, most days to go to work, and I must say that it has…zzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

    • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

      I love it! Sometimes getting up early hits me hard in the afternoons too!

  • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

    I’m always the first one up in our house and I enjoy the silence. My problem is that too often I get disctracted with a blog post, twitter, facebook and I quickly loose that productive time.

    • Jim Martin

      Caleb, like you I really have to be careful about getting into blog posts, social networking, etc. way too soon in the mornings. Far too often I have spent too much time doing this instead of other things that are far more productive.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      I had the same issue Caleb, I learned from Michael that I have to do the “first things first” – which does not include social media reading. I have to push that to later in the day…

  • http://khmerbird.com/ khmerbird

    Hi Michael,

    I am also a morning person. The most success I reached as being a blogger for so many years is that I don’t open my laptop at night. I stay with my family. I play with my kid, I talk to my wife and do many activities.

    Then I get up at 04:30 AM, working on my blog and doing other stuff until 6 AM. That’s my routine.

    I have applied this for a month now. Let’s see if it sticks!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      I like your routine Khmer – especially the idea of setting up “guardrails” to protect your family time in the evening and being present/available. Awesome stuff!

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  • http://www.negocioplus.com Gabriel Murillo

    Awesome!

  • http://marcsviewonstuff.wordpress.com/ Marc Pekny

    I have always been an early riser, but only in the past couple of years have I “cashed in” on this. So much so, that when before I have never before considered myself a runner…I will be doing my first ever 5K next week. I’ve never been in anywhere near good shape physically…I am almost there. If it weren’t for these quiet 0400 starts, it wouldn’t get done!

    These small sacrifices are well worth it, knowing that my wife and six children (with another on the way) will be the ultimate beneficiaries of having a husband and daddy who can physically keep up with them.

    Michael, keep up the good work! Your podcasts have helped me in many ways. Keep persevering!

    In Christo Rege,
    Marc

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Congratulations on the 5K Marc, that’s a significant accomplishment and I hope it goes well for you next week!

      • http://marcsviewonstuff.wordpress.com/ Marc Pekny

        I am very much looking forward to it. If you would have told me a year or two ago that I’d be actually WANTING to run in a 5k, I would have laughed out loud!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Marc, I appreciate that.

  • http://twitter.com/thomashallett Tom Hallett

    For me, getting up early means that I can get my most important tasks done early on in the day (note: important, not urgent!) before other things interrupt me. I also love the stillness and quiet of early morning time. If I got up late or worked late, I’d feel like I was “putting things off.”

    I think the key, as Michael alluded to in the podcast, is to make it easy to get going once you’re up. I do this by setting out some work the night before so that I can make a coffee, then sit down and get started, without having to think about things too much.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Tom, you make a GREAT point differentiating between the urgent and the important. A phone ringing is urgent, but if it’s a telemarketer on the other end it certainly is NOT important. Knowing what’s important and devoting time, talent and treasure toward it is a critical factor toward a successful life.

    • Jim Martin

      Tom,
      Good for you in getting the important things done first! While I have been a morning person for a long time, I have not always used wisdom in what things I addressed early in the morning. In fact, it took me a long time to learn to consistently start with what was really important.

    • Ineda Name

      But if you work late, as I have for five years and loved it, you’ll find that it’s just as still and quiet at night. I’m here to learn how to become a morning person because of a shift change at my job. It is NOT by choice!

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  • Clint Pagan

    Great insight on becoming a morning person. I wake up at 5am every week day and I have to say, setting clothes out, having an automated coffee maker is a blessing and placing your alarm clock in a place where you have to get up to turn it off makes a big difference.

    Thanks again!

  • http://mohamedaslam.com Aslam

    Thanks for the great podcast, Mike. I have a strong belief that you’ll not commit to anything without doing a strong research. Can you please share with me what’s the pros and cons of having a cup coffe in the morning?

    Thanks in advance.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your interest in this. Maybe some day I will do a blog post on this. Thanks.

      • http://mohamedaslam.com Aslam

        That’ll be super awesome. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/MuslimLifeHacks Mifrah Mahroof

    Hey Michael, great podcast!

    I really liked how you approached the topic of labels – morning person / night person. It’s true, once we label ourselves as such, we tend to limit our potential and it does more good than harm.

    After listening to this, I was reminded of a teaching in the Islamic faith. We are told that the time after the morning prayer (which is just before sunset) is a very blessed time. Therefore, its encouraged to stay awake and start our day from there.

    When I was working in the late evenings, I would just go to sleep after performing the morning prayer however after I decided to commit myself to staying awake in the morning, I found that even if I got the same amount of work completed there was a significant difference in my mood through out the day. I was feeling more happier and motivated! That’s something I couldn’t get working late into the evenings.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for this insight, Mifrah. Did you mean “sunrise” rather than “sunset”? My understanding is that the Fajr is to be prayed from the beginning of dawn to sunrise. Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/MuslimLifeHacks Mifrah Mahroof

        Actually, your right Michael. My mistake! The Fajr prayer is from dawn to ‘sunset’ and the blessed hours start from there. :)

  • Anna

    I seem to spend a good part of my morning deleting spam messages posted on my WordPress web pages. I have considered disabling the comments section on my posts but before I go there, I thought I’d ask if you know of what else I can do. Thank you – and thanks for Platform, it’s a great book, I’ve found it very helpful.

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  • Exkalibur

    I’m in the process of converting back to a morning person, as I have been all over this continuum in my career. I was stimulated in this direction by “accidentally” getting up early a few mornings, getting to my desk and being reminded about how much more productive I am. I saw this article in Chief Executive magazine this morning describing a CEO survey which validates that virtually all CEOs get up early and don’t have the luxury of a snooze button. http://chiefexecutive.net/most-ceos-rise-early-few-complain-about-worklife-balance

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  • http://www.stampabout.com/ Chad Vanags

    I think determining what’s at stake is by far the most important step. Until you determine what’s at stake then all the rest seems pointless and we get stuck lying in bed with no motivation to get out there and crush it. I should know, I’ve been there countless amount of times and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I’ve learned that determining what’s at stake, even if that means planning for 25 years down the road, is what allows me to accomplish the other 8 action items. Without number two, the other eight usually don’t happen.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    This was a helpful Podcast Michael. Though I have a morning routine I know I still have some work to do, so that I can implement more priorities during the morning time.

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  • http://leadright.wordpress.com/ Brent Dumler

    #3 Plan your sleep…this is HUGE. My wife and I are both on staff at our church. This means that most days result in the evening being the only time for ourselves…a time to wind down. I guess the key here is being intentional. We will tend to spend 2+ hours watching TV or catching up on Facebook in the living room. I’m going to try ‘scheduling’ my bedtime through the week, even if I only get 30 minutes to myself after work and kids. Thanks for the great post, Michael.

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  • Michelle Lee

    What do you do when you have a 10pm bedtime, but don’t get off work until 9pm or later and do not have a set schedule? I now wake up at different times every day. I had a schedule that previously got me up by 3:30 am every morning and now have a variable schedule, but would still like to have a set time every morning to get my day started.

  • http://josuemolina.com/ Josue Molina

    I remembering first listening to the podcast where you spoke about being a morning person. Creating rituals. I loved it. Now waking up at 5:30 is not an issue for me after I stuck to it. Yeah, the body sometimes wants to give up. But you feel this sense of urgency to get things done. Prayer, Planning, and Personal Growth have increased along the way.

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  • bradblackman

    I’m curious what people’s morning routine is once they get to work. Surely some people have one for that as well.