7 reasons to join the 4am gang

Originally published by Limpho Liphoto

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One of the toughest things to do in life is waking up early yet most of us are aware of the obvious benefits of doing so. The funny thing about humans is we often know what is good for us but the discipline to do what’s right is often overpowered by doing what is easy.

Since the #4AmGang began I have gotten such positive feedback from the gang and here are some of the benefits mentioned.

1. The death of the Snooze button

When she first gave out her numbers to get calls at 4am Regina Nkoale had a serious case of pressing the snooze button. Less than a week into the program she has officially killed the snooze button and became one of the gang members that need not be called because she is up before 4am lately.

2. It gives us more time to work on ourselves and our dreams

Earlier this week I shared the why for joining the 4Am Gang through Dr Filane’s story. He is a graphic design student currently on an internship with a local company, he uses the extra minutes he gets from waking early to keep his business alive as a tribal/traditional fine art producer and seller.

3. There will be more time to plan your day

If you’re one of those people who lies awake at night stressing over what you need to do the next day, the best way to solve that problem is to wake up early the next morning. You’ll be able to plan out everything you need to do for the day and get a head-start. It’ll make for a much more productive day.

4. You’ll actually get to eat a proper breakfast

When was the last time you sat down to eat a healthy breakfast? It’s the most important meal of the day and rather than skip it, you’ll actually get to fill your stomach with something healthier than snacks at work.

5. There’s no need for stress because you won’t be running late

Unnecessary stress is caused by waking up late, getting ready late and running late for the day’s activities. Take charge of your morning by waking up early and giving yourself ample time to get ready. There’s never a better feeling than strolling out the door in the morning, knowing you’re early!

6. You will have more free time later in the day

By accomplishing more on your to-do list in the morning, you’ll have more time later in the day to do what you want. You’ll be able to spend more time with your kids and give them the one-on-one time they need with both of their parents.

You’ll be able to do things you love to do rather than procrastinating and putting them off. Most mothers complain about having no time for their personal interests after having babies, well use the time when they are asleep to push your dreams.

7. You’ll develop a happier, more positive attitude

Just this Monday I thanked the #4AmGang for the positive impact they have had on my mornings. From the different responses to the calls and the energy they show when they are up. The initiative has greatly made my mornings something to look up to and enjoy.

When you’ve finally started accomplishing things you’ve set out to do earlier in the day, it’s a natural reaction to feel happier and have a positive attitude about life. Things will be a little bit brighter, you’ll be more patient with your children on the bad days, and actually have time to rejuvenate your body and mind.

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