For the past 4 years, I have dragged myself out of bed between 5-5:30am almost every morning (I do sleep in some days).
I find that I think more clearly; it is easier to spend time reading the Bible, praying, and journaling; and I have a greater sense of accomplishment and self-worth by getting a lot things done before the day ever begins. The only thing I seem to procrastinate in the early morning hours is getting out of bed.
Learning to do this greatly improved how I responded as a pastor and a leader. I found myself more capable of calmly dealing with situation that arose throughout the day. I also didn't have guilt for all the things I "should" have been doing.
Much to my delight I found this article and felt great vindication! Here is the original article to which Leading Blog refers.