How I Became an Early Riser
For many years, I hated having to wake up early for school. When I started working, I found that it was really tiring to have to work a full day, sleep late and then wake up early again the next day. Fortunately, in recent years I have managed to develop a liking for early mornings. Needless to say, when I no longer dread leaving my bed every morning, I feel much happier and more productive.
If your life requires you to wake up early, or you want to develop a habit of waking up early, here are some of my tips that can hopefully help you:
1.Allow yourself to sleep earlier. You might be used to staying up late, perhaps watching TV or surfing the Internet. But if you continue this habit, while trying to get up earlier, sooner or later you’re going to give up on trying. I suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don’t think you’ll sleep. You just might fall asleep much sooner than you think.
2.Don’t make drastic changes. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time. You would be surprised by how well this little trick works, and it even applies to other lifestyle changes, such as your diet or exercise routine. Small, sustained changes go a long way.
3.Do not rationalize! Do not allow yourself to think about sleeping “just 5 more minutes”. If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you’ll never do it.
4.Put your alarm clock far from you bed. If it’s right next to your bed, you’ll shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you’re up. Now you just have to stay up.
5.Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. Don’t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room. My habit is to stumble into the bathroom and start brushing my teeth. By the time you’re done washing up, you’re already wide awake.
6.Allow yourself to sleep in once in awhile. Despite what I just said in the previous point, once in awhile it’s nice to sleep in. As long as it’s not a regular thing. I do it maybe once a week or so.
7.Give yourself something to look forward to. Make waking up early a reward. This is where you got to activate that reward system in your brain. For me, it is to make myself a good cup of coffee. Once I got used to that, it becomes much easier to climb out of bed because I know there is something good waiting for me.
8.Enjoy the break of dawn! If the view outside your window is so much as decently attractive, take a look at it and think happy thoughts. Let positivity fill you, and remind yourself of the good things in life. Watch the sky light up. It’s beautiful, and it’s quiet and peaceful. Early mornings are now my favourite time of the day.
Are you also an early riser? What do you do to keep yourself from pressing that snooze button? I would love to hear from you!