Reporter Column: Miracle Morning
Reporter Column: Miracle Morning
  • Reporter Yang Seo-Yeon
  • 승인 2023.04.17 19:19
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Reporter Yang Seo-yeon
Reporter Yang Seo-yeon

 I lived a very lazy life during summer vacation. I always played until past 4 A.M. and fell asleep and didn’t wake up until 2 P.M. During those three months, there were many goals to achieve, such as taking an English test, studying foreign languages, and getting a driver’s license, but nothing was achieved, and the second semester began.
 As winter vacation came back, I reflected on my life in the previous summer vacation. Unlike when I couldn’t achieve anything, I decided to wake up early and start the day and make time to do what I wanted to do. However, trying to get up early from the beginning was difficult for me, and it was not kept well. During the vacation, it became a habit to sleep late and wake up late, so even if I tried to wake up at 10 A.M., I couldn’t get up quickly. Even if I woke up early, it became routine to take a nap or sit on the sofa without doing anything because after I woke up, I felt too tired. So, to solve this problem, I practiced waking up 30 minutes earlier than the time I originally woke up. If I woke up at 2 P.M., then I would wake up 30 minutes earlier, then 1:30 P.M., and then 1 P.M. As I tried this new routine, I got used to it quickly, and eventually I woke up at 8 A.M. and started to live a diligent life.
 Some may question whether waking up early in the morning and sleeping early or waking up late and sleeping late is the same. I can answer this question in that it is completely different. When I wake up at 2 P.M. I usually eat lunch and wash up. Then, it’s already around 4 P.M. At this time, the closing hours of banks and libraries are already around the corner, so it’s an awkward amount of time to go to deal with something. I lost the opportunity to go to the library and borrow the book I wanted to read or to go to the bank and do my business. So, I stay at home and spend about three hours on self-development like studying English or something. It is already 7 P.M. when I finish studying something. I have to eat dinner at that time, and after dinner, it's already almost 9 P.M. I did not do much, but it is already evening. In the evening, it gets dark and it’s hard to get around alone, so I end up staying at home and there’s nothing more to do except keep looking at my phone. After looking at the cell phone until dawn, the pattern of life that goes back to sleep and waking up late is repeated.
 However, the quality of the day has completely changed when I wake up early in the morning. When I wake up around 9 A.M., the day becomes bright, so I can go out alone and go jogging or do exercise in the playground. No matter how long I exercise and come back, I can have lunch at noon. When I eat lunch after exercising, I can go to the library around 1 P.M. and read books for two hours or go to the bank to do simple tasks. After that, if there is time left, I can watch a movie or go out to enjoy my hobby until dinner time because the day is still bright.
 Even if the length of time is the same from when I wake up until I go to sleep, I think I need to wake up early to be more active, so I can go to the places that I want to go and do things that I want to the fullest. That’s why I can live a more rewarding life as I wake up early. Therefore, I advise that even if it is difficult to wake up early in the morning, spend your time more rewarding by waking up even 10 minutes earlier than your original wake-up time. 
 There is the word ‘Miracle Morning’. Author Hal Elod says six minutes in the morning is enough to change your day. That’s how much morning is a miraculous time to give me more opportunities and to change my life.
 Why don’t you get up just 10 minutes earlier and enjoy your day more?