How to Wake Up Early
Waking up early can be a hassle. Nobody likes the idea of torturing themselves by getting up before the sun rises. If your job doesn’t expect you to be at work until 8 am, waking up at 5:30 seems completely unnecessary.
As bad as it may seem, getting up a little earlier than normal can be a great thing. We all know the benefits of waking up early. We’ve heard the stories about how successful leaders and entrepreneurs use their mornings to increase productivity. And let's be honest, we could all benefit from being more productive.
It's easy to consider the day a success after clocking out after a long day's work. But how much time did you spend working on yourself? Are you relying on those few precious hours between the time you get home and get in bed to exercise, read a book, or work on your own dreams?
Anyone can increase their productivity and become a morning person. Of course, deciding to wake up early and actually committing to it are two different things.
That's why I have provided 5 tips to make a morning person out of you.
1. Plan For Tomorrow
Why are you trying to wake up early in the first place? If it’s to go to the gym or workout first thing in the morning, then lay out your clothes ahead of time. If you’re trying to create more time to read or work on your business, then plan for those things as well.
Have the cup you’re going to use for coffee out on the counter or set up your desk or reading area the night before. Take away as much guesswork as you can for the next day to make the early transition as smooth as possible. It’s all about having the right mindset to keep you committed to staying awake.
2. Create a Routine
Do you remember when your parents would create a bedtime routine with you when you were a kid? It may have consisted of a bath, brushing your teeth, and hearing a story before getting tucked in the bed. Truth is, you're not too old for a nighttime routine and if you've been struggling to get to bed at a decent time, you should consider creating one.
Figure out the best way to wind down every night so that you aren't groggy in the morning. This can include things like putting your phone away and on "do not disturb" 1 hour before you get in the bed (and not touching it again). It could also include reading a book, meditating, or drinking caffeine-free tea.
3. Move Up Gradually
If your goal is to wake up at 5 am every morning and but you currently struggle to get up before 9, don't set your alarm to 5 am right away. Instead, try moving your wake up time forward gradually so that your body can get used to a new schedule.
And while you're moving up your wake-up time, don't forget that you also need to go to sleep earlier. Most adults need 7 - 9 hours of sleep every night. Don't sacrifice crucial sleeping hours just to get up earlier. You won't be able to stay consistent and you'll be right back to hitting that snooze button if you're not careful.
4. You Snooze, You Lose
Do NOT touch the snooze button! This is the key to successfully getting up early. Do whatever it takes to get up as soon as the alarm goes off. Don't put your phone or clock right by your bed. Instead, set your alarm and put your device somewhere where you have to physically get out of the bed to turn it off.
Do whatever it takes to get up as soon as the alarm goes off.
And when you get out of bed... stay out of the bed! Turn on the light, stretch, or get a drink of water. You were committed last night when you set the alarm so now it's time to follow through!
5. Stick to Your Schedule
Even on the weekends?
Yes. Every. Single. Day.
You can't expect your body to adjust to a new wake up time if you're constantly throwing off your routine Friday - Sunday (and Thursday for those wild ones). Imagine how much more productive you would be if you woke up early on Saturday and Sunday? You could easily read a few chapters, work on your business, or do a workout all before brunch.
Bottom Line: Early Bird Gets the Worm
If you want to wake up early, you have to commit to getting out of bed each and every morning with the right attitude. You won't be productive if you spend those extra 3 hours complaining that you're tired or scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. Make a list of what you want to accomplish with the extra time you'll have from waking up early and commit to crossing everything off your list.
It won't take long for you to notice the benefits of waking up early and you'll wonder why it took you so long to become a morning person to begin with.