The early morning hours are the most precious hours of my day.
After a shower and some coffee, morning is when I most alert, most creative, and most energized. Out of every hour of the day, I will protect mornings most fiercely.
But my mornings also have a couple big enemies. First, too much sleep. Second, the dozens of menial tasks that need to be done to get ready for the day.
Here’s the sad reality: the most precious time of my day can be ruined by oversleeping, or by the need to get things ready for the day.
But I discovered this simple principle. The best way to have a productive morning is to have a disciplined evening.
That’s it. Be disciplined enough to get everything you can possibly do the night before: clothes laid out, coffee ready. I even lay my Bible open to the passage I’m going to read. And—this is important—go to sleep when you should. Discipline yourself to use your horizontal time for actually sleeping, not for using your phone. Let the wise be warned.
If it helps, think about it this way. You become a servant the night before so you can be a king in the morning.
If this isn’t already your habit, try it. Your morning self will thank your evening self for freeing up those most precious hours of the day.