If you’ve wanted to be an early riser and have tried it all, this post is for you. For some people waking up before the sun might seem impossible. Despite what past experiences might have taught you, you are capable of waking up early, but you might have to change some habits to be successful at it.
If you want to wake up early, you probably have a good reason. Maybe you want to fit in a workout before your day starts, maybe you’d like to get some extra work done before officially starting your workday, maybe you just want some peaceful alone time before your family wakes up. Whatever your reason is, it’s important to you and therefore, important enough to change your habits for.
The tips outlined below will help you start waking up early and help you be consistent. Once you begin to wake up early regularly and see the profound impact an early schedule can have on your mood and your life in general, you might begin to wonder how and why you never stuck to it before.
- Set Yourself Up for Success the Night Before
Waking up early begins the night before. Before you go to bed make sure to do the things that are going to help you sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. Having a nighttime wind-down routine is a great way to do this. Your wind-down routine could consist of a nice shower, a cup of tea, a book, and/or a nice stretch in bed before lights out. Whatever you choose to do, start to do it well before your target bedtime so that you have enough time to still be asleep at a reasonable hour.
When it comes to bedtime, we’re no one to tell you what time you should be going to sleep but you should consider that adults need on average 7-9 hours of sleep a night to effectively recharge. So plan accordingly based on the time you want to wake up in the morning.
- Give Yourself a Few Minutes To Get Out of Bed
This tip is a bit controversial because it goes against all of the traditional advice we hear about waking up early. Most people will tell you to jump straight out of bed, don’t give yourself a chance to even think about the act because then you’ll want to stay in bed. That’s understandable but doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.
For some people getting straight out of bed without having a chance to properly get their head right for at least a moment can start the day off on the wrong note. If you’re one of those people, try giving setting two alarms: one to get you out of dream mode, another to get you out of bed.
- Have a Morning Routine and Follow It Daily
Routine, routine, routine. We preach it because it’s worth preaching — especially a morning routine. Having a morning routine for early mornings helps you get the day started on the right foot. If you do the same thing in the same way every day then you’ll have fewer decisions to make throughout the morning which will make your morning easier to start.
Make your morning routine easy enough to get through while you’re half asleep but invigorating enough to help you transition from groggy-sleep mode to fully awake. This can be as simple as getting up out of bed, taking care of your body’s needs in the bathroom, brushing your teeth, and washing your face.
- Have a Good Reason to Get Out of Bed
This is probably the most important tip if you want to be consistent. Having a good reason to get out of bed is what will keep you from snoozing your alarms and staying in bed.
If you don’t have a good reason you won’t be motivated to wake up and it will seem like a chore. Waking up early can be a reward if you let it be. Giving yourself time to get things done before the rest of your house wakes up or before you officially start your workday can bring a level of peace into your life that you might have never thought was possible to accomplish.
Make sure that whatever your reason is, it fuels you and brings you closer to being the person you’re developing into.
- Stay Present Once You’re Up
One of the best things you can do (at any time, ever) is to be in the present. The “right now” is all you have any kind of control over. This is a great life tip in general, but even more so when it’s 4:45 AM and you’re doing your best to convince yourself to not go back to sleep.
Rather than paying attention to how early it is when you’re up early, pay attention to whatever it is you got up for — your reason. This will make it a lot easier to stay up and to want to get up early the next day and the day after.
Becoming an early riser doesn’t have to be difficult, but it should be something you commit to if you want to make it a habit.
Keep in mind that we all work more efficiently during certain time windows of the day, so before forcing yourself to get up before the sun, ask yourself when you’re truly the most productive.
If you believe you’d do best in the morning and decide to try it on for size, give it at least a week trial before writing off your experience as unsuccessful. This will give you a chance to figure out what works best for you as far as wake time, routine, and your reason to get up goes.