Starting Your Day Right? Please Stop!

Bob Goldman on

What's the major advantage of committing to a rigorous productivity regime to be performed every morning before 8 a.m.?

It isn't that it will make you more successful or give you a significant advantage over your slugabed competitors.

No, the real advantage of an early-morning productivity regime is that when you sleep through your alarm, which you will, and start your exercises, which you won't, you don't have to wait until 5 p.m. to know you've screwed up your day.

You'll know by 8 a.m.

Now, that's efficiency!

Benjamin Hardy, Ph.D., would probably not agree. His article on Inc. magazine's website, "8 Things You Should Do Every Day Before 8 A.M. to Be More Productive," is all about giving yourself a jump on the day, so, presumably, you don't get jumped on as the day progresses.


Like everyone who writes about the morning hours, Hardy starts his screed with a quote from Benjamin Franklin. It is Franklin who opined, "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." The fact that the Founding Father came to this conclusion at 3 a.m. after a wild night of karaoke at the Whigs & Wags Tavern doesn't tarnish the truth of the expression. (Kite-flyer Franklin is also credited with discovering electricity. Too bad it never caught on.)

Ready for an early-morning rumble? The countdown starts now.

No. 1: Clock 7-Plus Hours of Sleep.

Apparently, this is not as easy as it sounds.


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