Early to Rise…
With the extreme heat that occurs in Kansas summers it’s important to take care of your plants and garden early in the day. It is important to the health of your plants and yourself. Watering in the morning before the full heat of the day prevents burning the plants, known as ‘heat scald’ and keeps the water from evaporating as quickly. Watering in the morning also deters slugs and helps prevent rot. It is also important for your own health to not be in the sun at the peak heat times. You are more susceptible for heat stroke and sunstroke, as well as dehydration during the middle of the day.
Many people believe that the most successful people are also the people who are taking care of business before the heat of the day. Really, before the sun is even up.
Founding father, Benjamin Franklin, is credited with the phrase, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
Many of the world’s most successful people are early risers. Some of those people are Apple CEO, Tim Cook; Disney CEO, Robert Iger; and First Lady, Michelle Obama all wake up by 4:30 a.m.
I am not claiming to be one of the most successful people in the world, but I do subscribe to the early to rise theory. The reason I choose to rise early is to get in my workout, meditation and breakfast all before my morning shower. I can get all of these things done without interrupting the schedule of anyone else in my house. I can take care of myself the way I want and need to, so I can better take care of the people and things I need to take care of the rest of the day!
Studies have shown that morning people are more proactive, get better sleep and are happier. They also tend to be more productive, more creative, have decreased stress levels and increased fitness levels. I attribute these last two to the same thing. Most people who are early risers workout as one of the first parts of their day.
Another key piece of waking up early, is to ensure that you are still getting ample sleep. Falling short on sleep is unhealthy and counteracts the positives of early rising.
While 4 a.m. isn’t for everyone, it is at least interesting to see all of the people who are part of the early morning club.
Today’s Challenge: Get up 30 minutes earlier tomorrow to do something productive or enjoy some extra quiet time.
“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.” ~Robert Whately
“The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years”. ~Thomas Jefferson