Waking up early in the morning with the sun to greet you isn’t just worthwhile for the natural beauty it offers. There are serious benefits to waking up early in the morning, from improvements in mood and energy levels, to helping you get more out of your day.
Some of us who rise at later hours in the morning often feel like changing our sleeping routine is just too demanding, and to be fair it can seem like a daunting task. However, with a few simple pointers, you too can be waking up earlier and getting the most out of your day!
How to Wake Up Earlier in the Morning
1. Find the Right Motivation
As with all challenges, you have to adopt a positive mind-state in order to achieve success. That’s why you should see waking up early as a goal itself, rather than as a means to other ends.
With the right mentality and attitude about you, you’re far more likely to keep up your efforts the whole way through the process!
2. Humble Beginnings
If you’re waking up at eight, nine or even ten to start off with, there’s no need to worry! It’s important to take a slow and steady approach to getting up early, as this allows your body to adapt over time to your changed waking conditions. Try waking up five minutes earlier than you did the day before each day, and soon you’ll be shaving hours of your original time!
In particular, the summer is a perfect time to start waking up earlier as the sun rises earlier. This is a good thing for you, because it means you can wake in line with sunrise. Before you even realize it, you’ll be getting up at five thirty in the morning with no trouble at all!
3. Forearmed is Best
Once you’ve achieve your goal of becoming an early bird, it’s important to capitalize on the extra time you have! Laying out clothes, work materials, a book on your table or even setting up the things you make breakfast with should all be done the night before.
This way you can launch straight into your day without having to worry about wasting time readying these sorts of things in the morning.
4. Make Every Second Count
Similar to point three, it’s really important during your day that you fill it with as many productive activities as possible. Take the time to organize and think about what you plan to do, and make notes in a diary or scheduler.
By managing your time effectively, you can set yourself up to achieve the most you possibly can (including relaxing!), and you cut away time that would otherwise be wasted.
5. Round of Applause For a Job Well Done
Now that you’ve achieved your goal of waking up earlier and being as productive as you can, take the time to acknowledge your own achievements!
You’ve improved your life for the better and your success is a testament to the capacity for discipline and commitment you have inside you. There’s nothing wrong with raising a glass to that!
6. Don’t Drop the Ball…
With all these achievements under your belt, it’s important that you don’t let up. While initially it may seem tempting to return to old habits, if you stick to your new routine for long enough then breaking the early bird habit will feel unnatural.
Humans are creatures of routine, and when we adopt a new regimen and imprint it into our body and brains, it becomes a natural and normal part of what we do. You’ll rise with the early morning sun and keep going, and you won’t have any desire to turn back!
7. Go to Bed Earlier
As logic would dictate, the earlier you get up in the morning, the earlier you should go to bed in the evening.
If you’re used to sleeping at one and rising at nine for example, then it’s unrealistic to expect to continue sleeping at 1am while getting up at 5am!
While it may take some time to fall asleep earlier, by physically going to bed at an earlier time you send your brain signals that tell it to sleep earlier. Eventually, with perseverance and a bit of grit, you’re body will accommodate your wishes!
8. Find a Reason to Spring From Your Covers
So we all know that it can be a bit difficult to pull yourself from those warm covers in the morning, especially during the winter months. That’s why it’s important to look forward to something happening the next day, as it will give you the reason and drive to launch yourself from your cocoon into the potential of a new day!
Author Sam Hodgkins recently took on the challenge of waking up earlier, and is now packing much more into his days. He bought a special mattress from Sleepmaker to help him fall asleep quicker and earlier!
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