The early bird gets the worm.
And oh-so-much more than the worm….
Morning people are more productive and proactive. They’re healthier, wealthier, happier and more successful. At least if you believe numerous studies and all the articles in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., etc.
With my night owl ways, I’ve always suspected I’m missing out on the good life.
Oh, if only I could be like Vogue Editrix Anna Wintour, who has a 5:45 a.m. tennis match every morning before ruling the fashion world with a sadistic fist and terrorizing her fashionably dressed but malnourished underlings.
But every year, for one week in the Fall, I get a tantalizing glimpse of the early rising life.
In this one magical week after Daylight Savings Time ends, I wake up early. I have extra time in the mornings to make breakfast, read, relax, and tick a few things off my to-do list. I don’t have to will myself out of bed at the last possible minute, eat breakfast hurriedly in the car, or apply lipstick using my rearview mirror.
In this one week, I see how morning people live.
It’s a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed life and I like it. I like it so much I want it for myself the other 51 weeks of the year.
Operation Rise & Shine
So this year, I’m striving to capitalize on the “Fall Back” momentum. I’m calling it Operation Rise & Shine. You know, because if you put the word “Operation” in front of anything, it just sounds more official.
Want to join me?
This will be more fun if we do it together. Maybe we could even do some Facebook and Twitter check-ins for accountability. I’m up for anything.
In the interests of full disclosure, though, I’ve no intent to rise at 5 AM. I need my beauty sleep and, well, I’m not insane. My goal is to get up a mere hour or so earlier. Most days for me that will translate to somewhere between 6:30 and 7:00 AM EST. But don’t worry, if you’re crazy and/or beautiful or live in a more exotic time zone and want to get up at an unspeakable hour, I’m there for you, too.