What’s So Magical About Early Mornings: 6 Ways to Enjoy Them 133

magical early mornings

So much has been written about early mornings. And so much has been written during them.

Also, they are the time when some people are most productive and creative. The only time of the day when others can have some quiet time for themselves. The most pleasant part of the day for those who do some writing and reading while drinking tea or coffee.

In a nutshell, mornings are one of the best gifts in life. But only if we know how to enjoy them and make the best of them.

There’s no need to compare the life of an early riser with the one of someone who sleeps in and leaves the house in a hurry, right?

But it doesn’t matter whether you can’t really get up early, don’t like mornings or say you’re a night owl. You can change that. And only then can you feel the benefits an early morning can offer you and the inspiration, joy and peace it can bring into your life.

I believe that getting up early in order to have time in the morning and drink our coffee and get ready for the day without any distractions can be considered the one habit that fixes almost anything else.

It boosts our energy, helps us kickstart the day, inspires and motivates us, gives us a sense of control (if you organize your morning, you can organize your day, and your whole life), fills us with hope and positivity, lets us feel successful and that we’re doing something to move forward.

The advantages of having early mornings are countless.

But how do you actually become a fan of it? How do you start enjoying it and find all that peace and inspiration I’m talking about?

How to Make The Most of Early Mornings

1. Give them a try by getting up early.

It all begins here. It takes some willpower, though. And you’ll just have to trust me if you haven’t really had a good early morning so far.

Just wake up really early tomorrow. Do that even if you go to bed late and haven’t slept enough. It’s worth it.

The earlier you get up, the better. I can’t really describe why 5 or 6 am feels so much more magical than 8 am, for example. It just does.

Related: How to Get Out of Bed in the Morning

2. Have a morning routine.

Rituals make things even better.

I’ll never stop talking about the power of having a morning routine. It’s what makes you more productive, positive, successful, inspired, energized and peaceful, if you repeat it daily.

Related: A Great Morning Routine to Get Things Done in The Early Hours of The Day

3. Enjoy the silence.

One of the good sides of getting up unusually early is that others will still be sleeping, there won’t be anything you have to do and you can just have that time for yourself.

It’s really beneficial to people who are busy throughout the day and feel like they are never alone even for a minute. Well, an hour or two in the early morning can change that.

4. Drink your coffee in peace.

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It’s awful to drink it (or your tea, or just a glass of water) while you’re getting ready to go out, others just got up and everyone’s doing something, and there’s chaos in the house.

Instead, do that now. Have a coffee ritual. Brew it without haste and in the old-fashioned way, enjoy the smell, use a cup you like, add cinnamon or something else, and most importantly – drink it slowly. Maybe even add some music to that.

5. Do some inspiring activities.

Get a nice book and enjoy it. Do some morning pages, write down your thoughts, write a poem, journal.

Doing some reading or writing is a great exercise to wake up the creative genius in you.

6. Plan your day.

Another way to make the most of the morning is to use it to carefully plan out your day and think of all the things you have to do. This will help you get more organized, have some sense of how much you’ve done and what’s left, and also to decide what to start with.

Choose your most important tasks. That’s a great rule. Then start working on them.

What to expect after doing these things:

  • you’ll find yourself changing negative things in your life – you’ll go to bed earlier, be willing to work more and start new projects;
  • it’s a willpower exercise – finding the willpower to get up early every morning makes you stronger in every other area of your life;
  • you’ll find focus – in time you’ll concentrate better;
  • there won’t be so much stress in your days – having time for yourself, not leaving your house in a hurry, planning your tasks and getting some things done before most people have even started their day – all these are things that will remove the stress in your life, and – in time – will make you peaceful, you’ll live more slowly and will enjoy life more.

So what’s not to love about early mornings?

You’ll start seeing them with fresh eyes once you have that experience.

We’re used to think of getting up early as something we have to do when we got work, or even compare it to the time they were waking us up to go to school when we wanted to stay in bed so much.

But forget about that.

This time you’ll be starting your day in the early hours because you want to. You’ll be doing it for yourself, to move forward, get positive, jumpstart the day and be able to make the most of each one you have left.

What about you? Do you enjoy early mornings?


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Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings 14

Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings

Last week, Jeremy Rifkin’s documentary “The Third Industrial Revolution: A New Sharing Economy” brought to public attention the importance that efficient sharing economies will have in coming years. The slowing of industrial productivity, coupled with the looming climate change crisis means that the game is up for the “take, make and dispose” model that we currently operate on.

This might seem a little inaccessible from the point of view of an individual. Most of us don’t have time to make lunch in the morning let alone contemplate changing economic models.

Yet the sharing economy is growing all around us, from Gumtree to Airbnb and most recently, stuff-sharing marketplaces like Fat Lama.

Born out of East-London in 2016, Fat Lama is a peer-to-peer rental platform where users can borrow items they need and rent out items that they don’t. It’s completely free to list items and operates out of your local area.

Put simply it’s a way for people to make money off their belongings and for others to gain access to equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford. However, the platform has the potential to become a lifestyle as much as a utility. Here are just a few of the benefits:

Saving The Environment

By 2022, the planet will have produced a staggering 50 million tonnes of e-waste.

This is by no means as harmless as it sounds. We are racing through computers, phones, cameras and cables at an alarming rate and worst of all, we recycle none of it.

By investing in the sharing economy and renting rather than buying, you can make a stance against the destructive and wasteful effects of linear consumerism.

To illustrate the paradigm, let’s take the example of a power drill, which, shockingly, is used for a grand total of 13 minutes on average in its life. It is a waste of money and is using up precious resources to buy such an item. Whereas if you rent from Fat Lama, the price of which is around $5 per day, you will end up saving yourself needless expenditure at no extra cost for the planet. This is not just true of drills, but Lawn Mowers, leaf blowers, cameras and projectors.

Go Local

One of the big downsides to living in an urban environment is the lack of community spirit. Cities can feel stiflingly disconnected and it is not uncommon for a resident to have never spoken to a single person on their street.

There has been efforts made to re-localize districts, with cafés bars and social hubs popping up in suburbs all over the world. However, if you are looking for something more personal, using Fat Lama puts you into contact with hundreds of locals living around you who often, given the circumstances, have the same interests as you do.

For instance, if you are looking to rent a surfboard or Kayak, chances are the owner will be an enthusiast as well. This could lead to at the very least a friendly interaction if not a friendship.

Save Money and The Planet

The other great strength of renting rather than buying that it will save you a packet.

The sharing economy is founded on the principle that limiting ownership reduces marginal costs because the cost of production storage etc. is mitigated from the equation.

To return to the power drill analogy, a low-end model will cost you around $100, which means that every minute of use is around just under $8. Unless your drill doubles up as a cocktail-maker, this seems like an enormous waste of money. In comparison, the average electric drill on Fat Lama will cost you less than $8; really it’s a no-brainer.

Make Some Moral Money

Aside from the obvious social benefits, you can turn your underused belongings into hard cash, with virtually no effort.

We have all made some questionable purchases. Whether it’s that DSLR you promised your parents you were going to use or that sound system that never get used because of you neighbours. Now they don’t have to be an ugly reminder of the lost money but active assets that can start paying for themselves. Often the money made from these items can far exceed their original price, with some users earning up to $5000 dollars a month, more than the minimum wage in any country.

These are just a few examples of the way in which renting can impact your life for the better.

Right now it’s the fastest growing sector but the possibilities are infinite. What I hope you take away from this is that being an ethical consumer doesn’t have to be a bleak future of Spartan self-control but rather a re-imagining of the way goods flow today. Clean consumerism is not a dream, it’s right in front of us.