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Are you ready to join the select group of successful go-getters ready to conquer the world (and their to-do list) before the sunrise? Are you ready to limit the distractions and enjoy the peace and quiet only mornings can bring? It all sounds so great and wonderful, but you do know that all those good intentions aren’t going to drag you out of bed every morning? Simply wanting to be an early riser is not enough when the alarm goes off. Waking up early has so many benefits, but changing a habit is often easier said than done. Here are 5 steps to help you set yourself up for success.
1.Get Motivated- If you want to rise and shine before the sun, you need to set some goals. Focus on the reason why you want to make the change and get excited for the distraction free time. Do you want to improve your health, have time to de-stress, or simply get more done to free up time for your family later in the day? Your motivation for waking up early is what will drive you to change and conquer the alarm clock. Keep yourself looking forward to the morning. Some days you may only be excited for a cup of coffee, but whatever works!
2. Focus on your Nightly Routine- The key to waking up early actually begins with your nightly routine. You can’t expect your body and mind to go, go, go and then suddenly stop when you want to sleep. Our bodies don’t function that way. That is why you need your nightly routine to be calming. Try to avoid eating a big meal, exercising, and drinking caffeine too close to bed time. Even electronics in bed can keep you from falling asleep. Instead dim the lights and set the right conditions for sleep. It is also important to take a few minutes the night before to plan out your morning. That groggy person in the morning is going to thank you if you jot down the top priorities for the next morning.
3. A Good Night’s Sleep- The best intentions will never get you out of bed in the morning if you have only slept 5 hours. If you want to wake up early, you have to get to bed early. Your body needs adequate sleep so you have to be intentional about bedtime. Staying up late watching Netflix and expecting your body to happily wake up at 6 isn’t realistic.
4. Rise and Shine- Now this is the hardest part of the whole journey- the snooze button. If your alarm goes off, jump up and don’t give yourself the snooze button option. Don’t make pressing it a habit. Besides those few extra minutes are not going to help your mind or body recuperate anyway. Pick your wake up time and stick to it day after day. Your body will adjust to your wake up time if you are consistent. It is important to note that you will want to gradually move up your wake up time when you are first trying it out. Bump up your wake up time by 15 minutes for a few days and then 15 more for another few days until you reach your desired time. This system will help you avoid a big end of the week crash and your chances of success are much greater.
5. Get Going- Just because you are physically awake with a cup of coffee in hand at 5:30 a.m. does not necessarily mean you are headed for greatness. Don’t waste your new found time by checking emails, browsing social media, or watching television. Consider exercising to wake yourself up, and then use the extra energy to tackle a project. If you created a to-do list the night before, you are on the right track to making good use of your morning.
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