How To Wake Up Earlier

 

It’s 5 am. Should you get up? The answer: HECK NO IT’S 5:00 AM!

 

While I may not be a part of the 5 am club, I am a firm believer that waking up earlier allows you to maximize your time in a day, complete activities before you get into your hectic schedule, and have some peaceful time to yourself.

 

But it isn’t always easy. In fact, I use to hate waking up early. It wasn’t until college where my schedule was scheduled down to the 15th minute that I realized if I wanted to look decent, pursue my hobbies, get school work done, and be a happy person I had to make some changes. Then began my obsession with morning routines.

 

I think I’ve been watching morning routine videos on youtube for years now and I have no shame. Over the course of time, I’ve learned a few things about how to create the optimal routine. You can read my blog post on creating a morning routine here.

 

I’m not here to teach you how to have a morning routine. I’m teaching you one step backwards: how to wake up earlier so you can actually have a routine and get on with the day.

 

Step 1: Have a purpose

If you have no reason to get up, you won’t get up. This reason has to be bigger than to just complete one activity. You need a true purpose behind it. Hopefully you can include something tangible and intangible. Example purpose: To have time to complete my morning routine and go into the day feeling organized and calm.

 

Step 2: Have a plan/routine

We’re all about planning to avoid failure here. If there’s no game plan, again it aint gonna happen! So dig deep and start creating your routines. Make sure to put drinking water #1 (okay, going to the bathroom can be first) and then an activity you really enjoy last so you have to complete everything else to get to the fun part. If you can include 1-3 items in your routine that aren’t so fun or you know you’ll avoid during the day, then ADD THEM IN. This is going to help you “swallow the frog” and tackle your hardest tasks first so the rest of the day is uphill.

 

Step 3: Have multiple routines

This is a step many people overlook or have never thought about. So let’s think about it. I want you to create three different routines. The reason is that you need a standard or normal routine you want to follow daily, a short version so when life gets crazy and you’re rushed, you’re still able to complete a routine but it’s not the full length version, and a long version for when you have extra time. Now that you’re prepared for any situation, you can confidently go into every morning knowing that you will be accomplishing your morning routine.

 

Step 4: Start small

Many people want to jump on in and go from waking up at 8 am to 6 am. Hold your horses because that’s not going to work. You’re going to be exhausted, frustrated, and give up real quick. Instead, you need to start small and plan for these changes. Grab a calendar, your planner, or pull up a new google calendar tab and let’s make it happen.

Figure out how much time is the difference between when you wake up now to when you want to wake up. Break it down into realistic time blocks that you can start implementing (5, 10, 15, 20 minutes) and then plan in when you’re going to make these changes. Then create alarms, adjust schedules, or whatever else you need to do to make sure you’re actively following through with waking up a little earlier every day.

Example:

Current- 8 am

Desire- 6 am

Difference- 2 hours

Time Block- 15 minutes

For the next 8 days I am going to wake up 15 minutes earlier every day

 

Now you’re prepped and ready to go for waking up earlier. I’m a 7 am kinda gal and if you wake up at 5 am, I’m sorry but you can’t sit with us.

Just kidding, of course you can! But I still don’t trust you…

What are you going to do with your new found time in the morning? Share with us in the comments!

 

 

- A