I am not, and have never been, a morning person. The only valid reasons I can usually think of for getting up early include early morning flights, Black Friday sales, and beating my room mate to the shower so I can have all of the hot water. Not exactly your “daily motivation” stuff of legend.
It seemed to me, though, that all of my “heroes of the faith” were morning people… and productive ones at that. I know that being productive in ministry and in life means making the most of my time, and it is as the saying goes;
“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
This is where author Andy Traub steps in with his tech-friendly, motivational e-book and action plan.
Early to Rise
Andy Traub published “Early to Rise” in late January, a straight-to-the-point manual outlining the reasons for being a morning person while pointing the reader to the tools to get them there; including apps like Lift and the ever-useful Sleep Cycle alarm clock.
Traub writes sharply and to the point, determined to get your rear out of bed and into the world. His site provides extra resources, including a daily motivational email (with content pulled straight from the book) which, surprisingly, actually does the trick for me in the early hours. I sit up, open the daily e-mail, and read away.
5:45 AM doesn’t sound unreasonable to me anymore. In fact, the more I follow through with this 30-day plan, the earlier I want to get up. Get the book, sign up on his site with your smartphone or tablet, and get that french press ready; Traub’s 30-day Challenge is a great way to be that motivated morning person you’ve always been secretly jealous of. Before you know it, you’ll be strolling into work with the Andy Griffith whistle playing in your head… thirty minutes before you need to be there.