A typical characteristic of a successful person is waking up early. A genetics company found that it’s a whole heap of brain stuff that makes you either an ‘early bird’ or a ‘night owl,’ and if you are a night owl, then you have to work a lot harder to get yourself up in the morning. Luckily you have me to help!
A little (actually major) warning: It will be hard. You will want to quit and sleep in your warm comfortable bed and leave being a ‘morning person’ behind. Leaving things to the next day only delays the progress and the amount of time it’ll take to make you a morning person.
So with all said and done, let’s get started.
Get to sleep early
Easier said than done, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t achievable. Most people need around 7-8 hours of sleep. The younger you are the more sleep you need so sleep as much as you need
Have a night routine
Become one of those weird routine people and get your shit together. Get out a piece of paper (that you won’t lose) and pen to start writing.
What is your wake up time gonna be? Personally, I wake up at 6 am and I think that’s a good measure of what an early bird is but start with whatever’s easier for you.
Next, what do you want your ideal night routine to be like? We’re aiming for your dream night routine.
List down the activities you want to do in your night routine. If you have no idea where to start, here’s mine:
8:25pm: Write in notebook
8:45pm: Yoga (Stretching)
9:15pm: Read (No electronics from this time onward )
Little by little, incorporate these activities into your night routine. It’ll also help you with your morning routine (see below).
Let me just say this. This will be hard. I’m not going to sugarcoat any part of this process. As soon as that alarm goes off, the mind tricks begin: “I’ll just wake up early tomorrow”, “It’s too cold. It’s so warm in this bed”.
I understand. There are times when you can take breaks, but if you’re genuinely serious about getting up early, then stop making excuses. It’s all up to you.
Search for alarm apps if you find it hard to stay awake. There are a ton of apps that can you wake up, including apps that gradually wake you up with bird chirps to the alarms that force you to do a puzzle before you can wake up.
Put your alarm on the other side of the room so you have to get up to close it.
Establish A Morning Routine
The good thing is that the earlier you get up, the more flexible you can be in your morning.
Start by planning your dream morning routine. Get a piece of paper and write down what you would like to incorporate. Here are some ideas:
- Healthy Breakfast
- Prepare Lunch
- Drink Water
An example of mine:
5:00am: Wake Up
5:00-5:10am: Morning Prep
5:10am: Drink water
7:00am: Free Time!
Consistency is key
Waking up early consistently every day should be your priority. And yes, that includes the weekends (sorry).
And that ends my guide! It’ll be hard but it will be for the better. Since you read to the end, I can see that you really want this, so I genuinely commend you.