- “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Ben Franklin
- “Focused, productive successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days — which inevitably create a successful life.” — Hal Elrod
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If you’re a night owl and happy with it, then there’s nothing wrong with that. But you can experience plenty of benefits when waking up earlier.
Here are some helpful tips to becoming an early riser.
- Start small when going to bed earlier.
Don’t try to jump into big changes immediately. Start in small increments by waking up 15-30 minutes earlier than usual and keep increasing.
- Select a certain time to wake up and sleep.
Our decision making skills are often compromised upon waking up early morning so it’s best to make the choice before sleep. Treat your bedtime as a serious commitment. It will be tempting to neglect it but try your best to stay consistent. Make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep.
- Have a pre-bedtime routine.
Estimate how long it takes for you to fall asleep after laying in bed. Engage in activities that help you sleep better. It can be reading a book, having a skin care routine, listening to music or stretching. This can serve as a signal.
- Visualize and remind yourself the night before.
Remind yourself that it is important for you to wake up early a few minutes before bed by reviewing your reasons, schedule and tasks. Visualize yourself getting up early, doing your morning routine and be as specific as you can.
- Place your alarm clock at a distance from your bed.
You are likely to hit snooze if it is next to you in bed so place it far away from you. You’ll be forced to get up to shut it off which will wake you up. Do not take your phone and go back to bed.
- Don’t use an annoying alarm.
This is especially the case when the alarm is the same every morning. You can try using different ringtones and experiment a little.
- Get out of your bedroom once your alarm clock is shut.
Don’t rationalize about waking up and just get going throughout the day. Don’t ever go back to bed after waking up. Drink a glass of water first thing, get coffee, and then walk around your living room to wake up more alert.
- Throw water in your face after waking up.
As soon as your alarm rings and you wake up, try splashing water in your face to wake up.
- Plan and create your perfect morning routine.
Some ideas are to reflect on your day, smile at yourself in the mirror, do a power pose, think or do something that makes you happy, have a healthy breakfast, do your three most important tasks and listen to a podcast on the way to work.
- After waking up, get your blood flowing.
Choose a physical activity to get your blood flowing like jump roping, push-ups, crunches, or yoga.
- Turn early rising into a social activity.
You can maybe try joining a breakfast club, running group, or chess club in the morning. You can also consider looking for an accountability partner or loved one to join you in early rising.
- Reward yourself for waking up early.
Possible rewards like drinking coffee or tea or reading a nice book. Or having delicious breakfast, watching the sunrise or meditating. Do something that you find pleasurable. Set encouraging reminders for yourself.
- Have a motivation to get up early.
Without a reason or motive, it will be hard for you get up early. Make your morning routine an important part of your day which is hard to skip.
Just take a few minutes to focus on your breathing. This is to help calm you down and get better sleep. Don’t go to bed emotionally drained.
- Don’t skip the weekends.
Maintain your sleep schedule for all seven days.
There is nothing wrong with being a night owl but switching to an early riser can provide numerous benefits. Here are some of the benefits.
- Greet the day and have an amazing start to the day.
You can follow your morning ritual and thank your blessings. You’re not feeling as rushed and you’re able to do a lot in the morning.
- Get more energy.
You’ll feel more refreshed and ready to take on the day.
- Get more creativity.
Good work can stem from silence and peace. Creativity in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day.
- Become happier and calmer.
The morning is reserved for you only so you won’t feel as rushed, stressed and anxious.
- Improve your overall health.
This includes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
- Get quietude and sunrise.
You can experience sense of quietude and peace without hearing chaos later in the day. You can also watch the beautiful sunrise.
- Get breakfast.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You are able to eat your breakfast and enjoy the peaceful day.
- Get exercise.
You won’t skip out and postpone exercise since you’ll do it in the morning.
- Achieve productivity and goals.
You get to do your most important work before the evening comes. You can also do goal reflection and focus on achieving once a week.
- Pursue your side hustles and dreams.
Consider writing that book you want or starting a business.
- Learn something new.
Consider learning a new language especially since your mind is fresh in the morning.
- Easier commute and appointments.
You’re not stuck in rush-hour traffic. You save time, avoid traffic and get to work earlier. You also aren’t as easy to be late to an appointment with more preparation.
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