It’s a hectic world we live in. Time is always short. But have you done anything about it? Lord Baden – Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, solved the problem.
“I get up at five every morning,” he
said, “by taking an extra hour each day I collect 365 hours per year. I reckon
that I get thirteen months out of life each year, instead of twelve”
The thought of rolling out of bed
tomorrow at five a.m. may appeal you. But other methods exist. The secret is to
conquer by stages. Get up five minutes earlier each morning until you reach the
time which seems the most acceptable to you. In this way you won’t notice the
daily subtraction from sleep. The final day in the initial week will be a good
half hour longer then the first. Two weeks of this and you will save an hour.
If you want to go so far, a month will
give you two extra hours a day. You need a reliable alarm clock plus iron
determination to succeed.
Ravi is a busy and successful
insurance broker who rises at six ‘o’ clock every working day. He quietly plans
his day’s work, looks through his files and sorts out any problems left over
from the previous day. And all this before breakfast. He says it all seems so easy because he starts early. Ravi is convinced
that this success is due primarily to this early rising habit.
Hard – pressed mothers with young
children often find themselves irritable by tea – time. One young mother of
four had his problem, yet she found a solution. She creeps out of bed silently
and stealthily about an hour – and – a – half before breakfast, and before the
children awake. She enjoys this time all to herself. She sometimes does odd
jobs about the house, or reads the Bible, or occasionally just ponders. Getting
up early gives her that precious time.
If you have a flair for writing, then
early morning is an excellent time for it. One hour a day before breakfast for
five days a week gives you five hours of writing time. A lawyer rose at four o’
clock each morning and wrote till breakfast. He turns out books, articles, and
stories in this ‘snatched time’, as he puts it.
Sleep most obviously must enter into
the picture. Most adults need six to
eight hours of sleep daily, although others can get by with as little as three
or four hours. Thomas Alva Edison was one of the latter. He managed with four
hours of sleep at night with an odd cat – nap thrown in.
Edison had an insatiable desire for
knowledge, which he used in his prodigious work schedule. “Accomplishing
something provides the only real satisfaction in life”, he said.
You may not achieve as much as he
did, but you can take up extra outside interest or even take an added interest
in your job. Be positive – minded in all this. By enthusiasm for and interest
in each coming day, you will be able to achieve your objectives. But you will
need time. And here’s the tie – up with early rising. Your desire to achieve
more and to get that extra out of life will encourage you to rise earlier.